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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: November 26, 2013

Contact: Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations
Kitsap County Parks
360.337.5371 or

No: 2013-115

Kitsap County Fairgrounds - Not just for the Fair

(Port Orchard) - Take a walk at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and you will quickly see that it is a hot bed of activity all year long. Built over the years to accommodate the annual county fair & stampede, the grounds are used year round for hundreds of other activities. The Pavilion & Presidents’ Hall host nearly 70 trade shows, expositions, and a variety of other events each year. Kitsap Destruction Derby, Thunderbird Rodeo, and Gatti Circus are held at the Thunderbird Stadium. Wrestling, volleyball, basketball, and gymnastics tournaments are held in the Pavilion, and soccer, baseball, and softball tournaments are held at Gordon and Lobe Fields. There is also an 18 hole disc golf course on the grounds, which hosted an international disc golf tournament in 2012. All of these events help to bring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the areas restaurants and hotels each year.

Kitsap County Parks Department officials, who operate the Fairgrounds & Events Center, say staff are always in the process of recruiting new events. One new event brought in this year was the largest container auction in the area. Tim Nichols, owner and operator of Westsound Auction and Estate Services organized the 80 container auction and said it was so popular, he had to turn people away.

The Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center boasts the largest indoor event center on the Kitsap Peninsula with three large rental buildings, the 40,000 SF Kitsap Sun Pavilion, 19,000 SF Presidents’ Hall, 7250 SF Van Zee, the 5500 seat Thunderbird Stadium Arena, along with soccer and baseball fields, all located on 129 acres.

Kitsap County Parks Department’s mission is to provide quality of life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, foster community stewardship, and offer an outstanding service-oriented environment.

For more information about the Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center, contact Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations at 360.337.5371 or . For additional information about Kitsap County Parks Department visit their website at

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