The Evergreen State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 3.

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Weekend Highlight

It’s opening weekend at the Evergreen State Fair, with farm animals, carnival rides, concerts, horse shows, lumberjacks and loads more fun for all ages, Aug. 23 through Sept. 3 in Monroe.

Carnival rides are always a favorite, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, entertaining little kids, or just feel like taking a spin on the Giant Wheel or classic Merry-Go-Round. Farm-animal exhibits are another must for most fairgoers, featuring all manner of beasts, from goats, cattle, poultry, alpacas, pigs and sheep, to rabbits, cats and dogs. The Equestrian Arena hosts 4H horse events through Aug. 30, a Mini Horse Show on Sept. 3, and other events, along with Draft Horse shows through Aug. 29.

At a variety of contests, attendees can show off their talents, including those that may not usually be socially acceptable — such as belching, in an official contest on Friday, Aug. 24. For a more sedate option, an egg toss will follow, on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Exhibits around the grounds include the Snohomish County Agriculture Display, Antique Tractors, Chainsaw Carvers, NW District Beekeepers, NW Native American Totem Poles, Quil Ceda Carvers, Monroe Historical Society and WSU Master Gardeners. Along with concert headliners, the Courtyard Stage and Lumberjack Shows will provide free entertainment daily at 4 and 7 p.m.

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Each day of the fair has a theme, many with corresponding admission specials: Senior Day, Monday, Aug. 27 (free admission for attendees ages 62 and older); 2 For 1 Tuesday on Tuesday, Aug. 28; Family Day on Wednesday, Aug. 29 ($6/person); Kid’s Day on Thursday, Aug. 30 (free admission for ages 15 and younger); and Heroes Day on Friday, Aug. 31 (free admission for military and first responders with ID and their dependents).

Monroe celebrates the fair opening at the Fair Days Parade with Evergreen Speedway dragsters, equestrian teams, the Seafair Pirates, princesses and more on Saturday, Aug. 25.

For more fair fun, the Washington State Fair opens Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 23 in Puyallup.

Evergreen State Fair

Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 23-Sept. 2, carnival 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily;  10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sept. 3

Cost: $10-$14, ages 5 and younger and 90 or older free; Blue Friday ($2 off for wearing any Seahawks gear before 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24); Senior Day (ages 62 and older free, Monday, Aug. 27); buy one admission, get another admission of equal value free until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28; Family Day ($6/person Wednesday, Aug. 29); Kid’s Day (free admission for ages 15 and younger Aug. 30); Heroes Day (free admission for military and first responders and dependents with ID) Aug. 31; $2 off admission for everyone Sept. 3; parking $10 (cash)

Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe

More info: 360-805-6700 or evergreenfair.org/27/The-Fair

Monroe Fair Days Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Main Street from 178th Avenue Southeast to North Blakely Street, Monroe; choosemonroe.com/parade