Special Events, Demonstrations & Exhibits

Click on the tabs below to view information about special events, demonstrations, and exhibits during the fair. For additional scheduling information, check the kiosks at the fair.

Special Events

Special Events


2013 SJC Fair-ly Outrageous Fashion Trashion Show
8:00 PM, Wednesday August 14th

This contest is all about having fun!  So let your imagination go.  Be wildly inventive, and “think outside of the recycle bin”.  Please do remember, though, that this is a family show and there will be many children in the audience.  Use your best judgement and keep age appropriateness in mind.  The San Juan County Fair Board retains the right to refuse the entry if it is determined to be inappropriate.

The contest is open to all San Juan County residents.  Please click below to fill out an application online

Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run

Saturday August 17, 9:00 am race start time.

36 years running! Be part of this Island tradition. The race begins at 9:00 am (EARLIER START TIME) on Spring Street, goes through town on Warbass to Turn Point, to Pear Point to Argyle and ends at the County Fair. A fun run and/or walk for people of all ages. Registration fee includes entrance to the Fair! Awards ceremony follows race with medals awarded for first three places in 5-year age categories. We are delighted to have Xtreme Fitness as the Premier Sponsor of this event.  Race proceeds benefit the Children’s Scholarship funds at Island Rec.

Registration fees are $20.00  for participants 12 and under and $25 for all other ages.

Day of the Race 7:30-8:30: Pick up your race # at Wells Fargo Bank, located at the “V” on Spring Street.  We are also accepting day of registrations at this time.



Sheep to Shawl

The annual demonstration begins at 10 AM on Saturday, and lasts until the woven shawls are finished in the afternoon. Always a crowd pleaser, this event attracts large numbers of appreciative Fairgoers every year. The morning begins with a shearing demonstration, and then moves on to the creation of beautiful shawls by teams of spinners and weavers. Watch while the spinners first card clouds of wool fleece, and then spin the fibers into yarn. The weavers on their looms next turn these yarns into intricately patterned shawls. You’ll have the chance to ask the spinners and weavers questions while they work, and watch their progress. At the end of the day, the completed shawls are raffled off to lucky winners.

Arts Demonstration Corner

Please look for the special booth near the Fine Arts and Photography departments. Come and join in! There will be lots of learning plus lots of fun. Watch your favorite local artists demonstrate their talents or demonstrate your own.  Keep your eyes open for the varying daily activities.





The SJC Fair Agriculture Tent (a.k.a. the Ag Tent) is the place to be to learn all about San Juan County Agriculture ~ the heart of our beautiful island landscape! Exhibits will focus on the many benefits of buying, eating and growing local agricultural products that include reducing our carbon footprint, preserving our farmland and open space, improving our health, and increasing our food security. Our exhibit will also include updates on the work of several agricultural organizations in the county. Farm and garden surveys will also be available to fill out, which will help us to gaube food production in the county. Organized by the Agricultural Guild and the WSU Extension San Juan Ag Program.

Come to our daily Cooking With Local Foods presentations and taste all the delicious ways to eat local foods. Other presentations will include a series on propagating, salvaging and landscaping with native plants, identifying and controlling noxious weeds, updates on the farm-to-school programs and the permanent farmers market project, and saving local historic barns. The Ag Tent is also the home of the Grains and Forage Department. Bring your entries and come see and learn about all the grain and forage crops that can be grown in San Juan County!

The Green Tent, Stewardship Network of the San Juans

A variety of groups from the Stewardship Network of the San Juans will have displays, activities and special presentations about the natural world of the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea.

Emergency Medical Services Offers Free Resources

The San Juan Island Emergency Medical Service will be standing by at the Fair with Advanced Lifes Support Capabilities, free basic first aid, and free community resources. Bring the children by for a tour of the ambulance and free coloring books and stickers. Come by to sign up for the Airlift membership service. Free bicycle helmets and infant car seats will be available while supplies last. EMS encourages everyone to stay well hydrated, wear sunscreen and enjoy the fair. Visit their web-site at www.SanJuanEMS.org.


Come to the Fiber Courtyard adjoining the Wool Shed to find a variety of demonstrations and informal workshops in the fiber arts every day of the Fair. The ever popular “Sheep to Shawl” event will be held on Saturday, but on other days there will demonstrations and hands-on opportunities, including basket making, felting, hooking, weaving, and three-person knitting-in-the-round. Also scheduled for this year are two contests: speed knitting, and a “spinning of the longest thread”. There will be lots going on and lots of fun.

The San Juan Horticultural Society

A hundred years ago, a pioneer garden was highly practical with decorative plants sharing space with culinary herbs and medicinal plants for use by the household. Today, they are more relaxed confections which display imaginative color palettes celebrating new introductions offered by nurseries. The Horticultural Exhibit will include display gardens in both styles to celebrate 100 years of horticulture in the San Juan Islands.

Members of San Juan Garden Club join the San Juan Horticultural Society in manning the flower department this year. Both groups are ordinary gardening folks who enjoy each other’s company and who share gardening tips and flops, as well as learning from speaker’s new techniques on a wide variety of topics.
If either group sounds interesting to you, please know that you are welcome to attend any of the meetings. The Horticultural Society meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Islands Community Church on San Juan Island. The San Juan Island Garden Club meets at 1:00 pm the first Thursday of each month at various member’s homes. Call 378-5196 for information.

The San Juan Horticultural Society has been a long-time participant in the San Juan County Fair. The tireless work of the members who have contributed their time and efforts to keep the flower and vegetable departments running smoothly have been enjoyed by the community year after year.

Each year the San Juan Horticultural Society donates prizes for Best of Show ($25) and Best of Class ($10) in many classes in the flower, vegetable and fruit exhibits, in addition to the premiums and ribbons awarded by the fair.