The 2016 Northwest Washington Fair opens Monday, Aug. 15, at the Northwest Washington Fair and Events Center.
Fairgrounds, at 1775 Front St., Lynden, are open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 15-20; carnival rides and games for all ages open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Gate admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older and $7 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger get in for free.
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week at the fair:
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Entertainment: Free entertainment includes musicians, magicians, a hypnotist and local performers from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily on the Banner Bank Festival Stage. Free grandstand horse shows will be presented at noon and 5 p.m. Aug. 16-20, and wild pony races will be included Aug. 16-17. Separate draft horse shows are scheduled at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 16-17 in the Washington Tractor Arena.
▪ Grandstand performances: Prices don’t include gate admission, which is required.
▪ Demolition Derby on Monday, Aug. 15. Reserved grandstand tickets are $10 for the 12:30 p.m. show and $15 for the 7:30 p.m. show.
▪ Lynden PRCA Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, and Wednesday, Aug. 17; $15. For the first time in Lynden, both nights of the rodeo will be part of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. Contestants, volunteers and spectators are encouraged to wear pink shirts to raise awareness of breast cancer, while local rodeo volunteers conducted fundraisers.
▪ Rascal Rodeo at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17; free with fair admission. It’s an event for people with mental and/or physical disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers. Participants enjoy rodeo clowns, horse rides, lasso training, and more fun opportunities meant to include everyone at any ability level. Details: Rascalrodeo.com.
▪ The Gaither Vocal Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18; reserved tickets, $25-$35.
▪ Loverboy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19; free festival seating compliments of MyTrafficMan.net; preferred seating, $35.
▪ Josh Turner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20; reserved tickets, $25-$35.
Whatcom Transportation Authority is offering free rides, plus special service to the fair, Aug. 15-20.
There’s a special 10 p.m. bus from the fairgrounds back to Bellingham that departs from a WTA bus stop on Front Street, across the street from the fairgrounds, between Bank of the Pacific and Umpqua Bank. It will make two stops: Cordata Station, located near Whatcom Community College, and downtown’s Bellingham Station.
In addition to the special 10 p.m. bus, WTA’s Route 26 provides regular bus service to the fairgrounds, departing from Cordata Station between the hours of 6:50 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, Route 26 departs Cordata station between the hours of 8:50 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. Details: ridewta.com.