Washington State Fair extends operation dates

The Washington State Fair will be extending their operation dates in September 2016.
Public Relations Counsel member Karen LaFlamme discusses how the changes were decided upon.
“The Fair is making the change after a multiyear study of major fairs across the West that have successfully extended their runs. Fair guests were more satisfied and fair vendors and partners reported a boost in attendance,” LaFlamme said.
LaFlamme further explains the reasoning behind the upcoming alterations in the fall Fair schedule.
“The additional days give us more flexibility for scheduling entertainers and exhibitors. The Fair will be a family-oriented option for a weekend activity. Washington residents near and far could consider the Fair if they are looking for something new to do for the holiday weekend,” LaFlamme said.
The Washington State Fair has been running over the course of 17 days in years past. The new dates of the Fair will include Labor Day weekend, as LaFlamme states. The upcoming schedule shows the Fair will be operating for 21 days, excluding Tuesdays.
LaFlamme reflects on how the changes will affect the surrounding community and local businesses in the area.
“Our neighbors and local businesses are important partners in promoting our community as a place to stay, play and shop. The extended Fair run likely will attract more out-of-area guests, increasing the demand for hotel rooms, meals and other local goods and services. In addition, the Fair is pursuing a new collaborative effort with local merchants to find ways to attract Fair guests to their businesses,” LaFlamme said. “By being closed on a weekday, residents can enjoy frequenting local businesses without the large crowds, which is a win-win situation.”