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About the Fairgrounds

The San Juan County Fairgrounds house the County Fair; host programming from 4-H and Island Rec; and accommodate a wide range of special events. The Fairgrounds, which operate year-round, have facilities for the fair, public-use rental facilities, a family park and skate park, group camping, and RV sites. The fairgrounds are managed by a full-time Fair & Events Manager, a Grounds/Facilities Worker, a part-time Program Coordinator, and several seasonal and short-term staff members.

2018 Master Plan

The San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan, which was last updated in 2012, provides a roadmap for developing and operating the fairgrounds in a manner that is responsive to County residents and focuses on long-term economic sustainability. Beginning in summer 2018, a new planning process is underway to answer several important questions, including:

  • What are the existing conditions on the site?
  • How should the fairgrounds be improved?
  • What are the historical and cultural significance of the fairgrounds to County residents?
  • What kinds of new or expanded uses should be considered?
  • How should recommended improvements be implemented and funded?

Latest News

The Master Plan is currently being developed! The first draft is complete and available for review here. The draft is intended to give the community an initial impression of the plan so that public input can be considered in the development of the final document.
The public comment period will be open until January 31, 2019. Comments may be submitted via: 

Mailing Address:
350 Court Street #8
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
849A Argyle Avenue
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 

Following the public comment period, the consultant team will be making necessary edits/corrections and working to incorporate community and County Council input. A final draft will be presented to the County Council for approval in 2019. Check back each month for the latest updates.