About The Foundation


The Washington State Fair Foundation financially supports the scholarship and educational programs of the Fair, and preserves and improves the Fair for future generations.

The Washington State Fair has been the place for family, fun and education for over a century and nothing evokes such strong or fond family memories like The Grand Old Fair. In the fast-paced world we live in, it is important to hold on to the tradition of days gone by so that we may tell our stories to future generations. With your help, we can ensure that the Fair holds a tender place in your great-great grandchildren’s hearts too. Gifts made to the Washington State Fair Foundation support the growth of the Fair’s educational programs, ensure that the Fair’s founding legacy lives on through preservation projects, and facilitate enhancements to the fairgrounds.  Donations helped create and continue to sustain operation of the Traveling Farm, as well as provide scholarships each year for our community’s youth. Thank you for your support! 

Annual Reports

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

Board of Directors:

  • Jerry Larson, Chair - Vice President of Larson Glass
  • Michael Nelson, Vice Chair – Account Manager; Tab Products Co, LLC
  • Kent Hojem, Secretary – CEO, Washington State Fair
  • Renee McClain, Treasurer – CFO, Washington State Fair
  • Lyn Anderson – Community Volunteer
  • Bob Carlson – Manager Emeritus, Western Washington Fair Association
  • Mike Egan – Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
  • L. Brien Elvins – President, Tacoma Investment Group
  • Lisa Gimmestad – Community Volunteer
  • Gary Gonter - President, Washington State Fair Board of Directors
  • Don Hawkins - Community Volunteer
  • Kristin Hogan – Community Volunteer
  • Gary Larson - Veterinarian, South Hill Veterinary Hospital 
  • John Lisicich – Vice President, Lume Innovations Consulting; Retired Director, Skullcandy
  • Jeff McVicker - Restaurant Owner
  • Dale Mitchell – Retired Principal
  • Kathleen Olson – Executive Director, Humane Society Tacoma & Pierce County
  • Laura Stoner – Community Volunteer 
  • Tim Yeomans - Superintendent, Puyallup School District


  • Beth Brooks - Manager, Fund Development
  • Erin Smith - Foundation Coordinator

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