By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, May 14, 2021.
Gradual reopening of the State of Washington as the threat of Covid-19 subsides means that it's very likely large outdoor crowds will be allowed this summer and fall. This means we can start making plans to again attend the Mill Creek Festival and the Evergreen State Fair.
The Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce website is a bit confusing because the original plan was to hold the 2021 Mill Creek Festival on July 17th and 18th. However, it seems likely that they are planning to hold this traditional street fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th. There are no details yet because the planning is just getting started.
Snohomish County announced on May 13th that plans are being made for the 2021 Evergreen State Fair in Monroe this year from August 26th to 31st and September 2nd to 6th. According to the press release the fair will be closed September 1st.
This year’s theme for the Evergreen State Fair is “Back in the Saddle Again – Open for Fun in 2021.” According to the press release the theme "is a cheerful metaphor of dusting oneself off after the challenging ride that was 2020, and the anticipation of reuniting members of the community and fans of the Fair after making it through 2020 together."
There will certainly be increased sanitation, capacity limits and adherence to health guidelines like social distancing and mask usage at the Evergreen State Fair.
“One mission of the Fair is to connect communities,” said Jeremy Husby, Division Manager, Evergreen State Fair Park.
He went on to say, “Every year the fairgoers, volunteers, and our partners celebrate and showcase the hard work of our neighbors, friends and fair family. The 2021 Fair acknowledges the challenges and isolation the community faced during the last year. While respecting the challenges are not over, we are committed to offering an event that celebrates our fellow Washingtonians. Our event hopes to reconnect our communities and demonstrate we have so much to be thankful for now and into the future.”
With changes such as advance purchase admission and parking e-ticketing, electronic building capacity message boards and other innovations, Fair staff are working hard to make a 2021 Fair safe, fun and possible.
More details for both events will be announced, so stay tuned!