Lakefair 2011
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Capital Lakefair 2011 in Olympia WAWelcome to our Lakefair 2011 resource page. Lakefair runs July 13-17, 2011 in Olympia WA and features a carnival, food booths, live entertainment, parade, and much more. Check back on this site throughout the coming week for updates and photos from this year's event.

Where is Lakefair?

Lakefair takes place in downtown Olympia along Capitol Lake, at the corner of 5th Ave and Water St.

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When is Lakefair 2011?

Lakefair begins at noon on Wednesday, July 13 and ends on Sunday night, July 17 around midnight, with the annual Lakefair Fireworks Show.

Lakefair is open daily from July 13-17 during the hours of noon to 11:00 p.m.

What is there to do at Lakefair?

Lakefair features a Funtastic Carnival with rides and games, but it is also much more than that. There are also local food booths, live music and entertainment, a parade, car show, fireworks and so much more. Here are some of the daily highlights during Lakefair that you won't want to miss:

Wednesday, 7/13 - Opening Day

Wednesday is the grand opening of Lakefair 2011 in Olympia. Rides, games, and food vendors officially open for business and the entertainment kicks off on the Lakefair Stage. Don't miss the annual ROXY 94.5 Battle of the Bands on Wednesday from 6-10 p.m. at the main Lakefair Stage. Wednesday is officially Teen Night at Lakefair and the Battle of the Bands usually provides some great entertainment to kick off the week and a great chance to sneak a peek at some of the local youth musical talent. Bands are competing for a 1st prize of $500 courtesy of Shipwreck Beads, 2nd prize of $200 gift card to Music 6000 and 3rd prize of $100 gift card to Music 6000.

Thursday, 7/14 - Coronation Day

Thursday is when the Lakefair Royal Court takes to the stage for the Coronation of this year's Queen. Come out to the Lakefair Stage from 7-8:30 p.m. and meet the representatives from local schools and see if you can guess who will be crowned 2011 Lakefair Queen! Also happening Thursday is Wristband Day. For those of you who are carnival ride enthusiasts you'll want to keep Thursday afternoon clear on your calendar. For $25 you can buy an unlimited pass for carnival rides, along with 6 game tickets and $1 off all Funtastic food stands. Keep in mind the wristbands will only be sold on Thursday and they are only good that day.

Friday, 7/15 - Senior Day

Friday at Lakefair kicks off with Senior Day, from Soundpath Health and AARP of Washington. People over the age of 50 can come out for a special event from 9:00-2:30, and enjoy games, sponsor booths, giveaways, and live music. Then, later Friday evening the hot rods steal the spotlight with the annual Lakefair Car Show. Head over to Marathon Park on the west side of Capitol Lake between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. to check out some of the finest cars in the Puget Sound area.

Saturday, 7/16 - Parade Day

Saturday's is probably the busiest day at Lakefair, with the main attraction being the Lakefair Grand Parade at 5 p.m.. Grab a seat along Capitol Way or 5th Ave and check out the colorful floats, local dance groups & marching bands, and a host of other entertaining groups as they make their way through town. After the parade you can head over to the Lakefair stage and watch Idol on the Lake, a signing competition put on by Little Creek Casino and Resort. The finalists perform from 7-9 p.m. and compete for the title of South Sound Idol and $500 cash. Several other activities are ongoing during Saturday at Lakefair. The annual Lakefair volleyball tournament kicks off up at Capitol Campus, the Lakefair 8k & 3k Road Races take place around Capitol Lake, the Les Schwab Kit Car Race burns rubber down Capitol Way, and Sylvester Park plays host to Kids Day - a free event from 12-4 featuring bounce houses, face painting, music, and lots of other activities just for kids.

Sunday, 7/17 - Fireworks Night

Things mellow back out a bit on Sunday at Lakefair as people come back to get one last elephant ear and hopefully enjoy some nice weather. The Lakefair volleyball continues on Sunday, as does the live music and entertainment on the main Lakefair Stage. But the main attraction on Sunday at Lakefair is definitely the closing ceremony....the Lakefair Fireworks Show. People often ask why there isn't a big firework show in Olympia for 4th of July, well this is why. Olympia celebrates its independence on its own day! How's that for a true Independence Day celebration! Kidding aside, the Lakefair Fireworks are always impressive and they get started at about 10:00 on Sunday night.
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