This is Why You’ll Love the Skamania County Fair

One of the best ways to celebrate the height of the summer season here in the Columbia River Gorge is by attending the Skamania County Fair. This unique local carnival and attraction takes place in August and features a variety of exhibits, entertainment, delicious food, and fireworks. It’s a favorite way to spend a romantic evening with that someone special. Or, it’s the best place to go for some laughs and good times with friends. Whether you’re coming into town for the festivities or are considering attending during your already planned stay at the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, we’ll fill you in on what you need to know about the Skamania County Fair.

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History of the Skamania County Fair

This annual local tradition is a favorite celebration of the Columbia River Gorge community. When you participate in the festivities of the Skamania County Fair, you will be continuing a rich history of celebrating talents, sharing knowledge, and having fun. People of all ages will inspire and be inspired by the events associated with the carnival. The family-friendly entertainment will take place this year from August 16-19.

Timber Carnival & Annual Parade

Not many local fairs kick off with a parade, but the Skamania County Fair sure does! You’ll feel like it’s the Fourth of July as you attend the parade, which will include local floats, horses, dancers, and more. Another activity that makes our fair unique is the timber carnival. This lumberjack-inspired event involves teams competing in a log rolling competition on the water. Watch as people try to keep their balance and try not to make too much of a splash. Beyond these events, you will discover many other one-of-a-kind activities in the grandstand, livestock pavilion, exhibit hall, and main arena.

Carnival Rides & Fireworks

The Skamania County Fair would not truly be a local fair without a variety of carnival rides and festivities. There will be several exhibits, from local artists to livestock displays to talented musicians. And the fun will continue with classic bumper cars, merry-go-rounds, and other classic carnival rides. Take a break from the festival attractions to enjoy some mouthwatering fair foods. Try classic popcorn and cotton candy or elephant ears and corn dogs. Then, at the end of the night, the sky will light up with fireworks in a glorious display. It’s the perfect ending to a fun-filled day.

After the Festivities, Return to the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

You’ll love retreating to Carson, WA after the Skamania County Fair. Just 10 minutes away from the Skamania County Fairgrounds, the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins serves as the perfect nature retreat near the Columbia River. A romantic weekend or friend getaway both await at our gorgeous grounds, which include lush, wild gardens and forest scenery. Then, settle into our spotless cabins with spa tubs, hand-hewn knotty pine details, and comfortable beds. Select your cabin and plan your getaway today!