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Dept. of Agriculture

WSDA has been serving agriculture and the public for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we support keeping agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment.

Agricultural Fairs

Washington's agricultural fairs provide educational opportunities for youth and promote agriculture and the welfare of rural Washington. The WSDA Agricultural Fairs Program provides approximately $2 million in financial assistance to agricultural fairs and youth shows each year. The Director of Agriculture appoints a seven-member Fairs Commission to recommend how the funds are allocated to participating fairs. Currently, 68 fairs participate in the program. The Fairs Program:

  • Coordinates the activities of the Fairs Commission,
  • Audits all required reports and information from participating fairs, and
  • Verifies that fairs operate in compliance with state law.
For a schedule of agricultural fairs and youth shows contact:
Program Staff:
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Michelle Chavez, Fairs Program Administrator
Tel: (360) 902-2043

Washington State Fairs Commissioners
Laurie Davies Sequim
Paul Nimmo
Greg Stewart
Trish Meyers Yakima
Rich Hartzell
Paul Kuber
Tim Schneider

Washington State Fairs Association
Gale Sobolesky, Executive Secretary
PO Box 945, Conway, WA 98238
Tel: (360) 269-9971

Meet Michelle Chavez

Michelle comes to the State of Washington Fairs Program from the City of Prescott Arizona where she managed all their Federal Community Development Block Grant dollars. She has over 25 years of experience working in government agencies managing programs and projects including several different types of grant programs. She is originally from Minnesota and relocated to Washington to be closer to her daughter who lives in Olympia. She has been married to her husband Don for 18 years. They have three dogs and enjoy travel, outdoor activities, and board games and they love fairs.

Livestock Exhibitor Information

Protecting you, your animals and the public while enjoying time at the fair is one of the many roles of our veterinarians and staff in the Animal Health program at WSDA. Our website (link below) includes important information on biosecurity at fairs, recommendations on how to keep your animals healthy while they are at the fair and various animal diseases that are important to familiarize yourself with. We encourage everyone who plans to attend a fair to take a look at this information and if you have any questions, please contact our office directly. We are always happy to help!

All About Washington Agriculture

We are the number 1 U.S. producer of Apples, Blueberries, Hops, Pears, Spearmint Oil and Sweet Cherries. Check out the link below to read more about Washington Agriculture!

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