With the warmer weather and longer days, we’ve officially reached fair season. The Grays Harbor County Fair in Elma has big plans this year with a variety of renowned entertainers scheduled to perform. From comedy and magic shows to country music and esteemed tribute bands, this year is going to be a blast. Here’s a look at the entertainers performing this year.
The legendary Grays Harbor-based country band Humptulips will perform with special guests Erica Corbin and Tony Wintrip on August 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the Pepsi Stage. Humptulips brings a high energy sound and excels at drawing large crowds to their performances. Winners of the 2014 Battle of the Bands in Portland, Humptulips band members create a unique blend of rock and country music styles. Be sure to check out this exceptional performance, presented by Bayview Building Materials of Elma. The show is free with your paid fair admission.
Professor Bamboozle is a truly unique performer that will appear daily at the fair. His magic and illusion show is highly interactive, featuring balloon animals, comedy and magic. In 2016, Professor Bamboozle was selected as the service member of the year by the Washington State Fairs Association. The show is sponsored by the Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union and is free with fair admission. You can find Professor Bamboozle each day of the fair beginning on August 8 and ending on August 12.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The critically-acclaimed country and folk group, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, has over 50 years of recording history. Sponsored by House Brothers Construction, the group will be performing on the Pepsi stage on Wednesday, August 8 starting at 8:00 p.m. This band has multi-platinum and gold records, numerous top ten hits and multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA awards and nominations. Their 1972 “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album was even inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Fans of all ages love their legendary hits such as, “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.” Don’t miss your chance to see the original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this year. Reserved Golden Circle Tickets are $25 each, which include fair admission. Limited, general admission bleacher seating is available for free with paid fair admission.
Steve the Pretty Good Comedy and Magic Show
Steve the Pretty Good will be performing his comedy and magic show daily at the fair this year. In his action-packed show, performer Steve Hamilton presents classic magic acts with a fresh twist. Presented by Overstock.com, this show is highly interactive and fun for the whole family. Plus it’s free with fair admission.
Dan Whyms Tribute to Johnny Cash
Dan Whyms performs a one-of-a-kind tribute to Johnny Cash. This is not to be missed. “Johnny Cash inspired my love of music,” says Dan. “He’s been the inspiration for me to learn the guitar, to write and to perform.”
You can enjoy Dan Whyms’s Johnny Cash tribute at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9. The show is free with your paid fair admission.
William Michael Morgan
Sponsored by Big Foot 107.3 FM, William Michael Morgan will perform on the Pepsi Stage on Thursday, August 9 starting at 8:00 p.m. A Mississippi native, this country music entertainer is a fresh voice on the country scene and already has multiple top ten songs on the Country Airplay charts, including “I Met a Girl.” Limited general admission bleacher seating is free with paid fair admission. Reserved Golden Circle seating is also available at just $25 each, and includes fair admission.
Green River Revival: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band
Hailed as North America’s most authentic sounding Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Green River Revival is going to rock out at the fair on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. Featuring hit songs such as “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary,” and “Up Around the Bend,” this will be a performance to remember. Don’t miss this special event, free with your paid fair admission, sponsored by the Vaughan Company.
Now that you know about the entertainers performing at this year’s fair, it’s time to start planning your visit. The Grays Harbor County Fair, with all of its carnival rides, games, animal exhibits and delicious fair food, begins on Wednesday, August 8 and ends on Sunday, August 12. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 11, the fair is open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 12 the hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fair admission is $10 for adults (ages 16-62); $7 for seniors (ages 63+); $7 for youth (ages 6-15); and children five and under are free. Fair admission is $2 off with military ID; $2 off youth admission on Thursday; free admission from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday; and $1 off admission with a Bi-Mart card and photo ID on Sunday. Daily parking is $5. Presale Carnival Ride Wrist Bands are on sale now at the Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen branches of Anchor bank, at the discounted price of just $22.
New this year, Golden Circle reserved seating concert tickets and discounted Carnival Ride Wristbands can also be purchased online at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds ticket box office. Go to ghcfairgrounds.com to purchase these items from the comfort of your own home.
While planning your trip to the fair, consider staying at one of the following accommodations. Located in Elma, you can find the Stay Beyond Inn and Suites, the Travel Inn RV Resort and the Grays Harbor Hostel and Guest House. Located in nearby Montesano, you can find the Guest House Inn and Suites.
See you at this year’s Grays Harbor County Fair!