The Enumclaw Expo Center is expecting to have a full carnival available to visitors of the King County Fair this year, despite the coronavirus. Pictured are some kids at the 2019 fair. File photo by Kevin Hanson

The Enumclaw Expo Center is expecting to have a full carnival available to visitors of the King County Fair this year, despite the coronavirus. Pictured are some kids at the 2019 fair. File photo by Kevin Hanson

Mother’s Day wine, BINGO, July 4 parade and King County Fair all planned for this spring, summer

Unfortunately, the annual Scottish Highland Games have once again been cancelled.

With COVID restrictions slowly but surely lifting, the Enumclaw Expo Center and the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce are planning for a busy spring and summer.

First up is the Expo Center’s first-ever Take Flight wine event for Mother’s Day, which is scheduled for May 8.

There are two sessions for the event; the first is from 2 to 4 p.m., and the second is 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $60 for a couple or $150 for a table of six, include a wine flight for each guest, a sharable tapas per couple, and a commemorative wine glass. The wines featured in the flights are available for additional tastes, pours, and bottles for purchase, as well as “PASSIO” chocolates, made by the local Ann’s Fudge and Bakery.

The event will also feature live music by Kevin Jones, and there will be vendors on-site for various Mother’s Day purchases.

Tickets can be bought at www.enumclawexpo.com/event-info/take-flight-mothers-day-weekend.

Next up are two BINGO events, organized by the Chamber of Commerce.

Both BINGO events are scheduled for May 15 — an earlier “family friendly” session, and a later “BINGO and beverages” session for adults. Tickets will not be sold at the event; you must buy them online.

For the first session, check-in starts at 12:30 p.m., and games go from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets can be bought at www.enumclawchamber.com/buy-a-ticket/p/bingo-table, are $65 per table, which seats six people. Tickets include 24 BINGO cards, six daubers, and some snacks.

Check-in for the second event starts at 5:30 p.m., and games go from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets for this session are $95, and include everything from the first session, as well as six adult beverages and a charcuterie board from Bordeaux Wine Bar. Tickets can be bought at www.enumclawchamber.com/buy-a-ticket/p/beverages-bingo-on-cole.

On Independence Day, then, comes the annual 4th of July parade, sponsored by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce.

There’s not much to say about the noontime parade, as the Cole Street event is free to all who want to come and watch.

However, if you’d like to be a part of the festivities, entries are due Monday, June 14; floats that are under 100 feet long only cost $50 to enter, and floats that are more than 100 feet long cost $100. To enter, download the application form at www.enumclawchamber.com/ and email the form to events@enumclawchamber.com.

Finally comes one of Enumclaw’s biggest events of the year: the King County Fair, hosted at the Expo Center from July 15 to 18.

THE KING COUNTY FAIR

Under current Washington state COVID-19 guidelines, Expo Center Director Rene Popke said fans of the annual fair can look forward to an experience a lot like past events.

“We are probably going to feel like somewhat a normal fair, with protocols in place,” she said in a recent phone interview, adding that the state is allowing up to 9,000 people to gather at the fairgrounds at any one time. “Right now, we’re planning on having a full carnival, vendors, [and] main stage [entertainment].”

Popke noted that more exhibits and events will be located outside this year, in order to keep everyone safe.

“The health and safety of our exhibitors and staff and visitors of course… are our main concern,” she added.

Additionally, due to a smaller fair budget this year, there will be less main stage entertainment this year.

However, other parts of the fair are growing — brand new this year is a Roughstock Rodeo, which focuses on bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. The rodeo is scheduled for Friday, and tickets to the rodeo are $15; tickets include fair admission as well.

Also new to the fair this year is a Monster Truck Exhibit and a Monster Truck ride.

Popke’s also excited for this year’s Junior Livestock Show, which already has 30 entries.

“It’s going to be huge this year,” she said.

For more information about the King County Fair, head to https://www.kingcofair.com/.


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