Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to start planning your trip to this year’s Grays Harbor County Fair. The Grays Harbor County Fair in Elma has a lot in store this year with a variety of entertainers scheduled to perform that will surely delight your family. At the fair, you’ll find comedy and magic shows, country music, and exciting tribute bands. Let’s take a look at this year’s entertainers.

Steve the Pretty Good Comedy and Magic Show

Looking for entertainment that’s fun for the whole family? Steve the Pretty Good will be performing his comedy and magic show every day. Performer Steve Hamilton presents many classic magic acts with a unique and refreshing twist. Steve’s show, presented by, is highly interactive, and the audience is encouraged to participate in a number of acts. This is a show that will entertain both children and adults alike and is free with fair admission.

Professor Bamboozle
Professor Bamboozle is sure to delight with his highly entertaining magic show. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor County Fair

Professor Bamboozle

Professor Bamboozle is a one-of-a-kind performer that will be appearing daily at the fair. His interactive show complete with balloon animals, comedy, and magic is fun for the whole family. In 2016, Professor Bamboozle was honored as the service member of the year by the Washington State Fairs Association. The show is sponsored by the Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, and is free with fair admission. You can find Professor Bamboozle each day of the fair beginning on August 8 and ending on August 12.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

This award-winning country and folk group has more than 50 years of recording history. Sponsored by House Brothers Construction, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be performing on the Pepsi Stage at the fair on Wednesday, August 8 starting at 8:00 p.m. This band has truly been influential to country and American roots music, with multi-platinum and gold records, numerous top ten hits, and multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA awards and nominations. They have created fans of all ages with their legendary hits such as “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishin’ in the Dark” and are sure to put on a show that will be enjoyed by all. Their 1972 “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album was even inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Don’t miss your chance to see the original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this year. Reserved, Golden Circle Tickets are just $25 each and include fair admission. Limited, general admission bleacher seating is available, free with paid fair admission.

Dan Whyms Tribute to Johnny Cash

Performing a tribute to Johnny Cash, Dan Whyms will be joining the fair this year. A resident of Grays Harbor, Dan Whyms is one of the most authentic Johnny Cash performers in the country. “Johnny Cash inspired my love of music,” says Whyms. You can see Dan Whyms’s Johnny Cash tribute at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, and the show is free with your paid fair admission.

William Michael Morgan
Be sure to check out the country music sounds of William Michael Morgan. Photo courtesy: William Michael Morgan

William Michael Morgan

Hailing from Mississippi, country entertainer, William Michael Morgan, sponsored by Big Foot 107.3 FM, will perform on the Pepsi Stage on Thursday, August 9 starting at 8:00 p.m. Morgan has been a fresh voice in the country scene ever since his debut album in 2016 and already has multiple top ten songs on the Country Airplay charts, including, “I Met a Girl.” “George Strait, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, and George Jones are the people that I grew up listening to and was influenced by,” says Morgan. Limited, general admission bleacher seating is free for this show with paid fair admission. Reserved Golden Circle seating is also available at just $25 each, and includes fair admission.


On Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the Pepsi Stage, the legendary Grays Harbor-based country band Humptulips will be performing with special guests Erica Corbin and Tony Wintrip. Humptulips brings a high-energy sound to the stage, and excels at drawing large crowds to their performances. With backgrounds in rock and country music, Humptulips band members create a unique fusion of the styles in captivating shows. Be sure to check out this exceptional performance, presented by Bayview Building Materials of Elma. The show is free with your paid fair admission.

Green River Revival: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band

Are you a fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival? Be sure to check out Green River Revival’s performance at the fair. Hailed as North America’s most authentic sounding Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Green River Revival is going to be rocking out at the fair on Saturday, August 11, at 8:00 p.m. This group has performed throughout America, Canada, and Scandinavia for over two decades, spreading the iconic sounds of John Fogerty and Credence Clearwater Revival. Featuring hit songs such as “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary,” and “Up Around the Bend,” this is sure to be a performance to remember. Don’t miss this special event that is free with your paid fair admission, sponsored by the Vaughan Company.

Now that you know about the entertainers performing at this year’s fair, it’s time to start planning your visit. The Grays Harbor County Fair, with all of its carnival rides, games, animal exhibits and delicious fair food, takes place from August 8 – 12. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Saturday, August 11 the fair is open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 12 the hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Grays Harbor Fair Sign
The Grays Harbor County Fair has a lot in store this year. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor County Fair

Fair admission is $10 for adults (ages 16-62); $7 for seniors (ages 63+); $7 for youth (ages 6-15) and children five and under are free. Fair admission is $2 off with military ID; $2 off youth admission on Thursday; free admission from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday; and $1 off admission with a Bi-Mart card and photo ID on Sunday. Daily parking is $5. Presale carnival ride wristbands are on sale now at the Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen branches of Anchor Bank at the discounted price of just $22.

New this year, Golden Circle reserved seating concert tickets, and discounted carnival ride wristbands can also be purchased on-line at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds ticket box office. Just go to the website to connect to the link and purchase these items from the comfort of your own home.

While planning your trip to the fair this year, consider staying at one of the following accommodations in the Elma area. Located in Elma, you can find the Stay Beyond Inn and Suites, the Travel Inn RV Resort, and the Grays Harbor Hostel and Guest House. Located in nearby Montesano, you can find the Guest House Inn and Suites.

See you at this year’s Grays Harbor County Fair in Elma!


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