Your Guide to Capital Lakefair!

by Lakefair President Karen Adams-Griggs


I have the honor of representing Capital Lakefair as the 2023 President. I look forward to celebrating our community, and our theme this year is “Rooted in Tradition.” I grew up in the Olympia area, and have been a part of Lakefair my whole life. It has always been a summertime tradition that we as a family looked forward to every summer.

We always had our spot planned in advance, in front of the Brown Derby restaurant, and we would watch the bed races and really look forward to the Grand Parade. My dad had his favorite vendors on the food row, and it was like social time for everyone when we went down. The fireworks show was always the perfect way to end our family tradition as well, sitting on our blankets overlooking the Capital. The Capitalarians look forward to celebrating some Lakefair traditions and hopefully bringing forward new traditions to you and your families. 

Did you know that Capital Lakefair started as a community event 66 years ago, to celebrate the waterfront and bring people to downtown businesses? The first celebration was in 1957, with a “Lady of the Lake” who rode on a boat in the parade. It has grown over the last six decades to what it is today, a place for families and friends to come together for some food, carnival rides, an incredible parade, and live entertainment. Capital Lakefair would not be what it is today without the support of our community and local businesses.

I would like to personally invite everyone to come to help us celebrate 66 years of Lakefair, July 12-16, 2023.  

Karen Adams-Griggs

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