It is fair season and the Southwest Washington Fair is in full swing. The standard fair exhibits include 4H animal competitions, demolition derby, carnival rides and tons of food. Concerts by The Guess Who (Friday) and Hunter Hayes (Sunday) will entertain. Come join the old-fashioned fun at Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave., Chehalis. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; admission is $6-$10, with kids younger than 5 getting in free. For all the details, go to southwestwashingtonfair.net.
A tiger tale
South Puget Sound Community College’s production of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award-nominated dark comedy, finishes it run Saturday. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the main stage of the Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for students, seniors and military, plus a $3 service fee. For more information, go to washingtoncenter.org or call 360-753-8586.
Procession of the pets
With the theme "Fairy Tails," The Olympian’s 84th annual Pet Parade for kids and their pets takes to the streets of downtown Olympia on Saturday. Participants begin lining up at
8 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Park; costume judging begins at 8:30 a.m.; and the parade starts at 10 a.m. The parade ends at Sylvester Park with free ice cream and goodie bags. Admission is free, but donations of unopened cans and bags of pet food for Thurston County Animal Services are appreciated. The parade is open to children 16 and younger. No motorized or battery-operated vehicles are allowed, except those assisting disabled persons. Animals must be under control at all times. Participants are asked to bring water for pets and to pick up after them. No commercial entries or politicking are allowed.
All pets are welcome, including horses. For more information, call 360-754-5462.
A big aloha
A little bit of the islands is coming to Lacey Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE, with the annual Lacey Luau on Saturday. Enjoy authentic Hawaiian food and entertainment provided by ukulele players and hula dancers from 3-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and younger. Get your tickets early at either the Lacey Senior Center or the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. For more information, call 360-407-3967.
Fun for a cause
Get your gal pals, your besties, daughters and mothers together for Flip Flops and Lemon Drops: A Girls Night Out in downtown Olympia. A benefit for the Susan B. Komen three-day walk in Olympia, the night features a silent auction, door prizes, appetizers, cocktail specials and gift bags at three private and progressive hosted events, all within walking distance. The fun is 4-9 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are $25. Call 360-791-3788 for the details.
Honoring ancestorsOlympia’s 27th annual Bon Odori, sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League and the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association, is a secular version of the traditional Japanese festival honoring the ancestors through participatory dances. Festivities run 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Water Street between Fifth Avenue and Legion Way, Olympia, and include taiko drumming and aikido demonstrations. Admission is free, and attendees are welcome to join in dancing and the illuminated lantern ceremony at 9 p.m. For more information, go to
the festival's website.
Playing a style they call “Texican rock ’n’ roll,” Los Lonely Boys combines elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country and Tejano into their music. For a 21-and-older 8 p.m. concert Saturday, they are teaming up with Los Lobos, the East L.A. vets playing a blend of blues, R&B, cumbia and barrio rock and roll. See them both at Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 State Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $40-$60; go online to little-creek.com to get yours.
Tales amongst the trees
Join the South Sound Story Guild for Stories in the Park, Stories in the Dark at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. Storytellers will be joined by musician Ric Zassenhaus sharing family stories at 7 p.m. and spookier stories at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs and blanket, a flashlight, and bug repellent along with a picnic for a night of family fun. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Meet near shelter Number 3. For more information, call 360-352-7838.
Enjoy music for a cause at the For Peace in Tibet Concert at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Oympia, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The concert will feature Techung, regarded as one of the key holders of Tibetan music; he will be joined with Michel Tyabji, Kito Rodriguez, Rinzing Wangyal and Sherep Wangmo for an authentic world music performance. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 Olympia Film Society members and $7.50 for children younger than 12; they are available online at olympiafilmsociety.org, at Rainy Day Records or at the box office the night of the performance.
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