The Kalama Community Fair begins Thursday and continues through Saturday at Haydu Park.
The fair began in 1965. This year’s theme is Midsummer Magic.
Tickets to get in are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12, while children age 6 and younger are free.
The fair kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with an opening ceremony and the start of animal judging and showmanship. Fair activities as well as the beer garden open at noon.
Thursday is Kids Day from noon to 2 p.m., which will feature kids games, a balloon artist, and free cotton candy. Kids age 12 and under get in free and a ride bracelet will cost only $5 (compared to regular price of $7). Those with a Kids Day flyer can get $1 off the ride bracelet.
The Kalama Fair Queen Coronation is at 7 p.m., followed by a reception with free strawberry shortcake at the exhibit hall.
The fair and beer garden open at noon on Friday, followed by a kids pie diving contest, reptile roadshow, drone demonstration and more.
The Horse Game Show begins at 6 p.m. and live music lasts until 10 p.m.
The Chamber of Commerce Parade down Main Street kicks off Saturday’s festivities at 11 a.m. Participants can enter until Friday and will line up at Meeker Drive beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The fair and beer garden open at noon, with games and entertainment continuing through the afternoon, including the class of 2020 cow pie bingo and raffle drawing. AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck will take the stage at 8 p.m. to close out the fair.
All-day events Thursday through Saturday include music by Twin City DJ, Kalama 4H Club demonstrations, a 27-foot slide, train ride, rock wall, bounce houses, games, vendors, food and more.
Dogs are not allowed at Haydu Park except those entered in a fair event.
Cleone Kockritz, fair board secretary, said this is the third year the fair has been held at Haydu Park. The event has expanded each year and the predicted weather this weekend should help draw a large crowd, she said.
“We encourage people to come. It’s fun,” Kockritz said. “There’s something for everybody.”
Kalama Fair 2019 schedule
Thursday, July 11th
11:30 a.m. Animal Judging and Showmanship, Small Animal Barn
11:30 a.m. VFW Post #10435 Official Opening Flag Ceremony & National Anthem (& Drill Team), Arena
11:45 a.m. Haydu Park Playground Dedication, Playground
Noon Fair and Beer Garden Opens
Noon – 2 p.m. Kids Days: Old Fashioned Games, Balloon Artist & more, Stage Area (Free Cotton Candy, Games, Prizes) Fair Admission for Kids 12 & under FREE
2:00 p.m. Kids Chicken Chase (12 & under), Stage Area
3:00 p.m. Kids Quilt Demonstration and Participation, Exhibit Hall
4:00 p.m. Llama Games, Arena
5:00 p.m. Community Entertainment, Main Stage
5:00 p.m. Pasta Dinner with Garlic Bread—$7, Food Court
7:00 p.m. 2019 KALAMA FAIR QUEEN CORONATION, Main Stage
8:00 p.m. Fair Court Reception & Free Strawberry Shortcake, Exhibit Hall
8:00 p.m. No Worriez Band, Main Stage
Friday, July 12th
Noon Fair and Beer Garden Opens
12:30 p.m. Kids Pie Diving Contest, Stage Area
1:00—3:00 p.m. Reptile Roadshow, Stage Area
3:00 p.m. Kids Chicken Chase (12 & under), Stage Area
3:00 p.m. Quilt Paper Piercing Demonstration, Exhibit Hall
4:00 p.m. Treasure Hunt, Llama Area
4:00 p.m. Twin City DJ—Music, Main Stage
5:00 p.m. Drone Demonstration, Arena
5:00 p.m. Tapettes Dance Team, Main Stage
5:00 p.m. Picnic Chicken Dinner—$8, Food Court
5:15—6:30 p.m. Cowlitz Ukulele Association, Main Stage
6:00 p.m. Kalama Fair Horse Game Show (Sign ups begin @ 5pm), Arena
7:00 p.m. The Dude Band, Main Stage
8:00—10:00 p.m. Funk Junkies, Main Stage
Saturday, July 13th
11:00 a.m. Chamber of Commerce Parade, Main Street—Kalama
Noon Fair & Beer Garden Opens
12:15 p.m. Twin City DJ—Music, Main Stage
1:00 p.m. Mini Cheer Camp Performance, Main Stage
2:00 p.m. Strut Your Mutt – 10 categories and prizes, Main Stage
2:00 p.m. Pie Tasting Contest, Exhibit Hall
3:00 p.m. Fireman’s Money in Pool Scramble, Soccer Fields
3:30 p.m. Kids Chicken Chase (12 & under), Stage Area
4:00 p.m. Quilt Paper Piercing Demonstration, Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. Chicken Enchiladas Dinner—$10, Food Court
5:00 p.m. Class of 2020 Cow Pie Bingo, Arena
5:00 p.m. Llama PR Show, Fairgrounds
5:00—7:30 p.m. No Worriez Band, Main Stage
7:00 p.m. Fair Court Raffle Prize Drawing, Main Stage
7:30 p.m. Class of 1989 Reunion, Beer Garden
8:00—10:00 p.m. Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute band), Main Stage