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7/11/2023

3 Reasons to Check out Lakefair

Each year, thousands of Thurston County residents bring their friends and family to be a part of the tradition of Olympia Lakefair. With its vibrant atmosphere, lively entertainment, and a wide array of activities, Olympia Lakefair has become a beloved tradition in the city. The event will be in full swing this week, starting with its official opening on Wednesday and running through Sunday evening. Here are three things every visitor to Olympia Lakefair can’t miss.

Culinary Delights: Food Booth Extravaganza

No festival is complete without a tantalizing array of food, and Olympia Lakefair delivers an exceptionally wide range of flavors and cuisines that cater to every palate. The sizzling sounds of grilled favorites, the mouthwatering scent of freshly baked goods, and the inclusion of international cuisine all blend together to create a food lover's paradise.

The food booths at Olympia Lakefair cater to a variety of tastes and dietary preferences. Whether you're craving classic fair favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy, or seeking more adventurous options such as gourmet sliders, ethnic delicacies, or vegetarian and vegan offerings, you'll find an abundance of choices to satisfy your cravings.

Visitors can indulge in a mouthwatering gourmet burger at the local Lion’s Club Burger Den, savor a mountainous plate of delicious curly fries at the St. Martin’s University food booth, or enjoy a refreshing treat like shaved ice on a warm summer's day.No matter your palette, the food booths at Olympia Lakefairensure that your taste buds are in for a delightful adventure.

Parade of Festive Spirit: The Olympia Lakefair Parade

One of the highlights of Olympia Lakefair is the vibrant and lively parade that winds its way through the streets of the city. The parade serves as a grand celebration of community spirit, bringing together residents and visitors in a colorful procession of floats, marching bands, local organizations, and community groups.

The Olympia Lakefair Parade provides fun for the whole family, featuring a kaleidoscope of elaborate floats adorned with eye-catching decorations and thematic designs. From whimsical fairy tale-inspired creations to displays that honor local history and culture, each float tells its own unique story, captivating both young and old alike. Accompanying the floats are lively marching bands, adding a rhythmic beat and infectious energy to the parade.

Beyond the floats and bands, the parade also features local organizations and community groups that take pride in showcasing their contributions and highlighting the causes they support. From sports teams to scout troops, from dance troupes to local charities, the parade provides a platform for these groups to connect with the community and share their passion and achievements.

Spectators line the streets, cheering and clapping as the parade passes by, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and shared celebration. Friends, families, and neighbors come together to witness this lively spectacle, forging connections and strengthening the sense of community that makes Olympia Lakefair a cherished event.

Spectacular Fireworks Display:

No celebration would be complete without a dazzling fireworks display, and Olympia Lakefair certainly delivers in this regard. As the day draws to a close, the festival culminates with abreathtaking fireworks show that lights up the night sky.

Families and friends gather together, eyes fixed on the sky, as the fireworks paint a vivid picture above the shimmering waters of Capitol Lake. The stunning backdrop of the Washington State Capitol Building provides a scene that is unrivaled by many local festivals. Guests can watch the show from any one of the dozens of special viewing locations throughout the fairgrounds, or even just find a nook in their neighborhood with a good viewing spot. Either way, the fireworks display at Olympia Lakefair is a true spectacle that leaves lasting memories etched in the minds of all who witness it.

Olympia Lakefair is not just a festival. It's a celebration of community, culture, and pure fun. Attending this annual event provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Olympia while enjoying a wide range of activities and entertainment. From the enriching cultural experiences to the adrenaline-fueled rides and the plethora of family-friendly entertainment options, Olympia Lakefair caters to the diverse interests and desires of its attendees. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and join the festivities to create cherished memories and experience the true essence of Olympia's vibrant spirit.

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