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Friends of the Fair Foundation

Friends of the Kittitas County Fair Grounds Foundation, founded in 1996, is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 comprised of local business owners and leaders. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the Kittitas County Fair by providing financial support for educational projects that help our community develop an appreciation for agriculture and our natural resources; that increase awareness of our county's history; and that provide cultural enrichment, through arts and entertainment. The Foundation is dedicated to projects benefiting the fair in the belief that a strong county fair benefits all residents of Kittitas County.

The Friends of the Kittitas County Fair Grounds Foundation is funded primarily from fundraising activities during the annual Kittitas County Fair. Foundation profits support the Foundation's scholarship program, the Fair Family Assistance Program and various annual improvement projects at the fairgrounds.

Our Programs


Friends of the Fair Grounds Foundation annually awards three $2,000 scholarships to graduating Kittitas County high school and home-schooled seniors. Deadline for applications is April 15th. Scholarship awards are based on student's grade point average, community involvement, leadership skills and recipient's financial need. All applicant names are removed from scholarship paperwork during the selection process. Download the Application and submit by the deadline to apply:

Scholarship Application


How many wonderful, exciting stories can be told about the fun and exciting activities that have occurred at the Kittitas County Fair over the last 123 years? We all know them; we've lived them. It is this annual county celebration that has and continues to shape our lives and community to what it is today.

The Foundation continues this legacy by completing a 4-H courtyard and sculpture project on the grounds of the Kittitas County Fair in spring 2008. The project honors and recognizes 4-H participants and supporters for their efforts at the Kittitas County Fair and in the local community. The goal/objective of this project was not only to recognize but to increase awareness of our county's 4-H program, and its mission to help youth develop leadership, citizenship and life skills that will help them be great leaders today and even greater visionaries tomorrow.

The 4-H Courtyard is a 100' x 100’ area designed in grass, with an inter-circular area constructed of pavers and brushed cement in the shape of the National 4-H emblem (USDA approved).

The Foundation also commissioned local sculptor, Paul Crites, ( to create a life-size bronze 4-H pig, which is permanently displayed adjacent to the Kittitas County 4-H courtyard next to the gazebo. Adjacent to the bronze 4-H pig is an educational display describing the National 4-H mission statement and goals, a list of current county 4-H clubs with contact information describing the National 4-H mission statement and goals, associated 4-H county activities and programs, and contact information.

If you would like to become part of our 4-H memorial courtyard, simply make a $100 contribution and dedicate a commemorative brick in the name of an individual, business or special occasion. The brick will be mounted with a plaque inscribed with your dedication or message and become part of the border that surrounds the 4-H clover. The plaque has space for your inscription: 3 lines of 18 characters per line, including punctuation and spaces. Please use only one Brick order form per brick (PDF file format 85 KB).

The Friends of the Fair Grounds Foundation thanks you for your generous tax deductible donation. A charitable tax receipt will be sent to you once your payment is received. All brick proceeds go towards the funding of this project and future capital improvement projects at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. Your contribution celebrates the rich culture, rural history, and community spirit of Kittitas County residents. More importantly, your contribution recognizes the commitment, participation, and dedication of 4-H kids to their projects, animals and way of life.

For more information about the Friends of the Fair Grounds Foundation or this project, please contact Becky McDowell 509.925.5397 or Heather Harrell 509.962.4324.

Fair Family Assistance Program

There are many Kittitas County individuals and families that do not have the financial means to attend the Kittitas County Fair each year and join in our community's annual celebration. The Kittitas County Fair Family Assistance Program offers free admission to qualifying individuals and families participating in any of the following Department of Social and Health Service programs offered in Kittitas County (all programs require specific income/resource and citizenship requirements):

  • WorkFirst/TANF provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need, while assisting them with the resources needed to become self-sufficient.
  • Senior Assistance helps older individuals work with community services that offer public assistance, food assistance, child care and medical services.
  • Foster Care works with children and families to identify their needs and helps develop a plan for services which supports families and assures the safety and well-being for children.

For more information, please contact your DSHS representative beginning August 1st, for signup information and voucher distribution. Vouchers are redeemable any time during the 5 days of the Kittitas County Fair at any Fair ticket booth and are valid for one day's entrance only.

New Projects

Is there an idea or special project that you would like to see accomplished on the grounds of the Kittitas County Fair? Would you like to see another bronze animal, maybe a sheep or steer? Let us know your thoughts and comments by emailing them to or

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