MONROE, Wash., August 10, 2023 – This year’s Fair Honoree is being awarded to Rick and Jean Lindsey of Marysville, WA because of their passion for fairs, exhibitors, and fairgoers. They have been involved with the Evergreen State Fair since the early 90s. They started by supporting their two daughters, Misty and Camas, along with the other club members. After a few years they founded their own club, “Blue Chips” and moved into the roles of club leaders. Their involvement grew as they took on positions as program leaders and eventually Fair Superintendents. They have helped 4-H youth and Open Class exhibitors and have volunteered at many other fairs over the last 33+ years. They have worked at the club, county, and state levels in many different capacities for 4-H.
Being a superintendent is not easy, one must be knowledgeable and committed to their field and as such, many superintendents spend their whole careers devoted to one department. Rick and Jean, however, have gone above and beyond and been coordinators, assistants, clerks, judges, and superintendents for several different departments. Their involvement is not only limited to the 11-day fair. They have put in many hours volunteering for the Evergreen Fair Foundation and Evergreen Youth Livestock Show and Sale as well as others.
“Each time they take on a new department, they rise to the task,” said Mike Ohlsen, Evergreen State Fair Manager. “They have the necessary skills of organization, communication, and humor to take on any challenges headfirst. The fair community has benefited so much from their commitment, and we are so grateful for their hard work.”
“Rick and Jean have worked so hard to make the fair a great experience for exhibitors and fairgoers alike,” said Sherry Stovner, Superintendent Coordinator at the Evergreen State Fair. “They have supported thousands of youths and exhibitors and positively affected so many people in a supportive and loving manner. People come back to say hi and check in with them even years later.”
The Lindseys will cut the ribbon at the Opening Day Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on August 24 at the Courtyard Stage. They will also be in the Monroe Fair Days Parade at 11:00 a.m. on August 26 in downtown Monroe.
The Evergreen State Fair runs from August 24 – 29 and August 31 – September 4. For more information about the fair, please visit https://www.EvergreenFair.org.
About the Evergreen State Fair Park
The Evergreen State Fair Park in Monroe, WA collaborates with its partners to sustain, maintain, and innovate for the purpose of creating an inclusive and accessible space for Snohomish County’s residents and visitors. Since 1949, the 193-acre Fair Park has been home to the Evergreen State Fair which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Several permanent facilities including the Gary D. Weikel Events Center, the Evergreen Speedway, the Evergreen Equestrian Park, two RV campgrounds and other exhibition spaces are used year-round for horse shows, trade shows, swap meets, auto races and more.
About Snohomish County Parks & Recreation
The Snohomish County Parks system is incredibly diverse and boasts almost 12,000 acres of parks and open space; over 120 park properties; 100s of miles of trails and access to fresh and saltwater shorelines. Major regional park assets such as the Evergreen State Fair Park, Kayak Point County Park, Lord Hill Regional Park, and the Centennial and Interurban Trail systems host local, regional and national events that draw millions of visitors each year to Snohomish County.