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, pubic-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?
The consultant hired by the County (MAKERS architecture and urban design) kicked off the public outreach process with visits to San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands on July 13th and 14th. In addition to visiting the supermarkets on each of these islands to meet with the public, the team held pop-up sessions on inter-island ferries. The information collected will be used to help develop the draft Master Plan later this summer and early fall.
Did you miss us at the pop-up workshops? You still have time to share your perspective using the project’s online survey.
Join Us at the Fair
The Master Plan team will have a booth at this year’s County Fair to provide another opportunity for interested parties to submit their input. In particular, we hope to hear from attendees about some of their favorite memories at the Fairgrounds. The public is encouraged to share any historical photos or other memorabilia that could be documented as part of the planning process.
We hope to see you August 15-18 at the Fair!
Provide Your Input
Check back each month to review the planning progress. Later this fall, the draft Master Plan will be posted for public review and comment.
Please e-mail general comments or questions to DonaW@sanjuanco.com