Evergreen State Fair


We went to the fair on Sunday – The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. It’s not the biggest fair in Washington – that honor goes to the Puyallup (pronounced pew-al-up for those of you who don’t live around here). But for me, the Evergreen State Fair is just the right size and just the right flavor. The fair grounds are located about an hour from Seattle, but I feel like I’ve been transported to the middle of Iowa. It’s a great reminder that just outside the land of Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon is some of our state’s most beautiful farmland and a few people who still actually raise livestock, belong to a grange hall or a 4-H club, sew, can, quilt, craft, and enter their handiwork at the county fair.
I love it!

I also really, really love corn dogs.

Corn dogs might be the real reason I go to the fair. My recommendation: the Pronto Pup Booth where they dip each one by hand. Yummy!

While I was enjoying my corn dog and all of the great people watching, a giant cowboy came around to say “howdy”. He wanted to make sure we were all having a good time. Except for a few animals who seemed ready to go home, I’d say the answer was yes.

Besides corn dogs, another guilty pleasure of mine is the “demonstration pavilion” where the commercial vendors hawk their wares with live infomercials. I love checking out all of the hot tubs, wood stoves, replacement windows, squeegees, floor cleaners, shammies, leaf guard gutters, belt buckles, knife sharpeners, Christmas ornaments, blenders, jewelry cleaners, cookware, foot soakers, chiropractors, and magic massaging chairs. We never buy anything in the pavilion….

until this year.

 Did you know the Grill It! is the original at-home Korean Style BBQ? It grills your food while keeping it moist, thanks to a unique, patented design. It’s all because of the steam. Grill It! lets you grill indoors without the worry of smoke or grease. You can cook all of your favorites with less fat and in less time. And right now at the fair you can buy one of these amazing grills for $30 or 2 for $50…

Yes, it’s true. We fell for an infomercial at the fair. I guess it can happen to anyone.

So now we are the proud owners of not one, but two Grill Its!
Hmmm… I guess it is time to test out some Korean BBQ recipes. I will let you know how it goes.

How about you? Did you go to the fair this year? What is your favorite fair food?


  1. Helen says:

    For 15 years I worked in an office across the street from the Central States Fair grounds in Rapid City, SD. During the week-long fair every August, the traffic would be awful and the smells of animals and food would drift over to my building. A half hour lunch break allowed me just enough time to dash over and buy either an Indian Fry Bread Taco (my favorite fair food) or an Elephant Ear (my second favorite fair food).

  2. Mary
    No turkey drumsticks….but listen they had every other “thing” on a stick you could imagine…..we did also indulge in the Pork Chop on a stick (I must say it is a must-have) and the sausage sandwich with peppers and the funnel cake ….but did forego (this year) the deep fried Twinkie. Surprised to see the (deep fried) Pickle and (deep fried) butter (NO JOKE) on a stick. Will have to round up a pic for you of our time there!


    • MaryMiller says:

      The Evergreen State Fair has an “Everything Fried” booth with deep-fried chocolate covered bacon, twinkles, etc. But, deep fried butter on a stick??? I’ll stick with corn dogs!

  3. OK, transporting yourself to Iowa, well I know first hand simply because I transport myself and family there every year at this time to attend the Iowa State Fair – which does take credit for the largest state fair int he nation – and when they say “largest” they mean it. We attended the ISF the first weekend and it was truly a blast – we had barely set foot inside the gates and found ourselves with corn dog in hand (my sons favorite) and IT was the BEST I have had since the last time I attended the fair – but hey we are in the land of corn and pigs and cows!

    It, too, had the 4-H events and even had a plexiglass hatchery to watch little chickens hatching out of the egg about every 5 mins….super neat to see the 48-hour transcendence from egg to young chick – they grow so fast within 48 hours it is amazing!

    After 7 hours of sun, food and fun – we still had not covered but less than half of the fair grounds – but one thing is sure we felt like we had experienced it to its fullest – from the midway to the rides and the butter cow to the beer gardens! The Iowa State Fair, or for that matter ANY local/State fair…is a must for a complete summer!


    • MaryMiller says:

      Michelle, I am so jealous that you go to the Iowa State Fair every year! How fun. My parents lived in Iowa for a few years but we never made it back to visit in the summer. I did go to the Minnesota State Fair one year. It’s another biggie. What I remember most from that day (besides the corn dogs) was the amateur talent competition. It was like a combination of America’s Got Talent and a David Lynch movie. I will never forget it! Thanks for sharing your Iowa State Fair experience… did you eat any turkey drumsticks while you were there??

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