Day at the Whidbey Island County Fair on Whidbey Island, Washington


I’ve still got loads to share about our trip back East, but I wanted to jump in with a great outing Dek and I took yesterday as part of our Things to do in Seattle this summer. This event is happening all weekend, so if you are in town, check it out.

Daytrip to the opening day of the Island County Fair on Whidbey Island

I had been looking forward to this day all summer. The Island County Fair on Whidbey Island. Just north of Seattle, it was about 1.5 hours of driving and a quick ferry ride, but it was worth it.

Dek and I hit to road yesterday morning with my friend Beth to experience the fair for ourselves. Cars were already lining the streets and it looked like we were in for a long walk. Happily some bouncing cheerleaders from the local high school waved us down to a parking lot charging $5. If it supported a good cause, I was happy to pay to park. It saved my legs from walking and my back from carrying a heavy boy. I needed to save my energy for the fair!

Dek would have stayed in the fire truck all day if he could

It wasn’t too crowded at 11am. We were free to let Dek take the lead and wander the grounds. First stop, the fire truck. This was the highlight of Dek’s day. He got to sit in the truck, play with the steering wheel and check out all the knobs. The only thing he missed was blowing the horn. With so many horses near by the horn was off limits.

The rides were quiet until around noon when ride tickets went on sale

The rides weren’t running yet, but there were plenty of animals to explore. Dek wasn’t a big fan of the cows. The guinea pigs were just his size. The animal handlers were always close by if you had any questions. Dek squealed with delight while a few equestrians blew bubbles outside of one barn.

Animals of ever shape and size took up a majority of our visit.

The agricultural, baking and artwork displays were even able to hold Dek’s attention. A first for sure. A Cookie Monster cake particularly enthralled him. The adult and kid art sections were both exceptional and exciting to explore. Subject matter ranged from nature to fantasy, patriotic to just plain bizarre. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, dioramas and two very impressive Etch A Sketch drawings were on display. Dek picked out a flag painting in the kid section he would have liked to take home. Sadly, I don’t think it was for sale.

Cookie Monster slowed this boy down as we made the rounds through the exhibits

We popped over to one of the indoor stages to watch Cowgirl Tricks. One lucky audience member was on stage getting roped like a cow. He seemed to be a good spirit about it. Dek just loved seeing the rope get thrown around. I loved all of the colors in the building. The red peeling paint on the benches, the teal blue of the stage, this photo taking mama was in hog heaven. That reminds me. We missed the pigs!

Wise-cracking Cowgirl Tricks roped us in for a few minutes

My stomach started growling and we were headed to the “missed nap point of no return.” I broke out the healthy snacks for Dek, while Beth went to grab us a corn dog. My very first corn dog to be specific. Dek still has no interest in hot dogs. He was more interested in the moon fries that came with it. These fries were cut like potato chips; they just weren’t fried to the point of chip consistency. A little ketchup to dip his fries in and that boy was good to go. I snuck off for a root beer float and another corn dog. I may be a convert. We’ll see. It might take a few more tries.

So many food options even I had a hard time choosing

Two hours after entering the fair, we were exhausted and ready to go. The crowd had tripled. Time to get in the car. I kept my fingers crossed that the little guy would pass out on the way home. He did. After the ferry ride.

I am so glad we didn’t miss this experience together. It was even better because I had my friend Beth around to help wrangle Dek while I took pictures. I can’t wait until next year. Maybe we will even bring the daddy. Dek will be almost 3. What will he be interested in by then? I guess we will just have to find out.

For more details and logistics, check out Whidbey Island County Fair. I’ve got all of the details you need to head out this weekend for a day of fun, adrenaline pumping rides, animals and food.

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