Whidbey Island County Fair


Mid-day line for ride tickets

I am enamored with county fairs. I grew up in a big city. I have no memory of going to a county fair with cows, chickens and horses on display. 4H was something I did one spring at a local barn in the city. It was not a part of my formal education or daily life.

When the Island County Fair rolled around again I knew I could not miss it. I packed up the boy and we headed on out for a few hours of fun. For more details on all the excitement we had, check out A Day At The Fair. Below are all the details you need to get you to your own slice of island fun.

Friendly animal handlers give you information on specific animals but also have some bubble fun with the kids


  • Take I-5 North
  • Take exit 182 for I-405 S/WA-525 N toward Mukilteo
  • Stay on WA-525 N to Clinton
  • Keep an eye out for the start of the ferry lanes (on the right side of the road)
  • Pay for car to get on ferry and then drive into Langley
    • Turn Right onto S Langley Road
    • Follow the road to the fairgrounds, which will be on your left
  • Pay for passenger fare and walk onto the ferry
    • Take the bus at the ferry out to the fairgrounds
    • Note that the bus does NOT run on Sundays on the Island

Beautifully groomed horses parade around as they warm up for the competition

Best Time to Go

  • Weekdays are by far the best days to go to the island. Ferry traffic backs up in the summer
  • Ferry lines after rush hour seem to be the best time to travel
  • Ferries run every 30 minutes, but check WA Ferry Schedules before you go.

Know Before You Go

  • Fair runs Thursday through Sunday, August 18-21, 2011
  • $7 for adults, $5 Juniors (6-12), Kids under 5 are free
  • Ride tickets cost extra, height requirement sticks at each ride
  • $5 Paid Parking, but plenty of street parking if you want to walk

Free coloring pages at the equestrian stables

Why It Is Great For Kids

  • Farm animals of all shapes and sizes, including Alpaca
  • Chance to sit in a fire truck and talk to firemen
  • Passport for Adventure book- a folded card with boxes to be stamped at each event. Once you’ve seen the whole fair, you can bring your card back to the info booth for a special prize
  • Lego contest
  • Live music makes for great dancing opportunities with mom
  • Chicken Olympics (we missed this, but it sounds intriguing)
  • Coloring table at the horse barn
  • Touch real alpaca fleece, pet a goat
  • Equestrians blowing bubbles
  • Clowns, men on stilts, cowgirls doing tricks

Cowboys on stilts fascinate kids of all ages, even those of us who technically aren’t kids anymore

Food Worthy of Any Junk Food Loving Parent

  • Funnel Cake and Elephant Ears
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries
  • Thai food (only in the PacNW would there be Thai food at a county fair)
  • Tacos, burritos and nachos
  • Beef and cheese pirozhky
  • Corn Dogs, burgers and pizza
  • At least 3 different kinds of fries
  • Ice cream, cotton candy, caramel apples, chocolate dipped cheese cake
  • Only disappointment: no fried Twinkies, Oreos or snickers bars
For more fair details, check out the official fair site.
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