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Submitted by Lewis County Board of County Commissioners

Preliminary data from the 2022 Southwest Washington Fair show that about 71,000 people attended the six-day fair this year. Lewis County Parks and Recreation Director and Fair Manager Connie Riker says attendance this year increased from the 2021 fair.

“Three-thousand attended the rodeo on Saturday night – a near sell-out,” Riker reported to the Lewis County Commissioners on Monday. “A huge success due to the County’s partnership with Plus 1 Productions who elevated the rodeo experience with an amazing NPRA/Pro-West dual sanctioned rodeo.”

Fairgoers added to the success of the fair. “Vendors were incredibly impressed by their experience, with one vendor reporting an over 33% increase in sales, and another saying they had their best year ever in 32 years of fair participation,” said Riker.

Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock shared, “I appreciate all of the hard work, the outpouring of work” that went into the fair.

“I can’t wait to do it again next year,” added Riker.

Following this year’s fair, family-friendly activities continue at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, host to the Washington State Garlic Festival beginning at 12:00 p.m. Friday and running through Sunday, August 28.

More on the Garlic Festival here.

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