Kathy Ryan of Port Townsend installs the floral arrangements inside the horticulture building Thursday afternoon at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The fair begins today and runs through Sunday at 4907 Landes St. in Port Townsend. (Brian McLean/Peninsula Daily News)

Kathy Ryan of Port Townsend installs the floral arrangements inside the horticulture building Thursday afternoon at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The fair begins today and runs through Sunday at 4907 Landes St. in Port Townsend. (Brian McLean/Peninsula Daily News)

Lawnmower derby, mud drags among Jefferson County Fair’s weekend events

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Fair begins today, offering three days of 4-H shows and exhibits, music and special events such as a lawnmower demolition derby and mud drags.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. for ticket sales into the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 4907 Landes St. Buildings and grounds will open to the public each day at 10 a.m. with a 4-H horse color guard and the national anthem.

The fair will close at 9 tonight and Saturday night, and at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults 18 to 64; $6 for seniors 65 and older and students form 13 to 17; and $2 for children 6 to 12.

Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. All active-duty service members and their families will, with valid I.D., receive a $1 military discount. Payments can be made only by cash or check; an ATM will be located near the fair office.

Single day pre-sale tickets are $5. They are available only at the Jefferson County Fair Office.

The fair also offers three-day “Season Tickets” which include the admission for the annual beef barbecue Sunday, for $17 at the gate or $15 if bought in advance.

The “Everybody’s Welcome Parade” through the fairgrounds will be led by the Unexpected Brass Band, starting at the small stage at 11 a.m. Saturday.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday will be Lawnmower Football at the main stage, followed by a $10 salmon barbecue in the picnic area from noon to 3 p.m.

After a full day of events, the Lawnmower Demolition Derby is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the main stage.

On Sunday, the annual mud drags are scheduled for 11 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., beef barbecue will be served for $8 a plate at the picnic area.

For information about specific entertainment guests, competitions and a complete schedule, go to www.jeffcofairgrounds.com/general-info.

Marrilie Jewell of Yuma, Ariz., left, and Kathy Ryan of Port Townsend admire the floral entries Thursday after they set up the arrangements inside the horticulture building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The fair begins today and runs through Sunday at 4907 Landes St. in Port Townsend. (Brian McLean/Peninsula Daily News)

Marrilie Jewell of Yuma, Ariz., left, and Kathy Ryan of Port Townsend admire the floral entries Thursday after they set up the arrangements inside the horticulture building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The fair begins today and runs through Sunday at 4907 Landes St. in Port Townsend. (Brian McLean/Peninsula Daily News)

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