King County Fair opening ceremony kicks off July 13

The opening ceremony to the King County Fair kicks off July 13 this year at the fair grounds mainstage, with special performances celebrating 160 years of the King County Fair.

Mayors and other elected officials from around the county will attend the event, according to the Enumclaw Expo Center.

The kickoff event, which starts at noon, will include a “critter crowning,” dancing, VFW flag entry and a presentation on the legacy of agriculture.

The fair takes place July 13 through 16 this year. It features barrel racing, a carnival for kids, open class exhibits, reptile and canine shows, mutton bustin’, livestock and 4H shows, and of course, the Roughstock Rodeo on July 14, which includes horse and bull riding.

The fair opens Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Often referred to as the oldest fair west of the Mississippi river, the fair was founded in 1863, 26 years before Washington became the 42nd state.