KITSAP COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
|| November 26, 2013
Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations
Kitsap County Parks
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
firstname.lastname@example.org . For additional information about Kitsap
County Parks Department visit their website at
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