Northwest NEWS

May 21, 2001


King County Critter Crowning Contest

The King County Fair is looking to adopt one special animal into its Royal Family again this year. To make your farm animal or pet that lucky dog, you must enter it in the King County Fair Critter Crowning Contest. The winner of the Critter Crowning Contest will gain fame and glory as this year's King County Royal Critter, to official mascot of the 2001 King County Fair.
   Everyone is invited to take part in this fun contest by submitting a photo of themselves and their favorite pet or farm animal. In addition to great prizes, the winning critter (and critter's owner) will be honored at the 138th anniversary edition of the King County Fair, July 17 through 22 at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw.
   "If you have a pig that's a ham, or a goat that's a showboat, you owe it to yourself and your pet to enter them in the King County Fair Critter Crowning Contest," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "Who knows, your pet might be good enough to join Synthia the Swine, Sheeba the Goat, and Becky the Cow in our Critter Hall of Fame."
   Members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America are especially encouraged to enter the contest. Thirteen finalists will be chosen by a panel of King County Fair Board members. All photos entered will be posted at the Critter Gallery and will be on display during the King County Fair. Photos of the 13 finalists will also be posted on the King County Fair Web-site at
   The 13 finalists and their critters will compete in person for the grand prize at King County's Luther Burbank Park on Thursday, July 12. The winner will be chosen by a panel of elected officials and other dignitaries, and will best exemplify the spirit of the King County Fair. The Royal Critter will be invited along with his or her owner to visit the King County Fair as a special guest of the King County Park System.
   Applications for the Critter Crowning Contest are available at King County Park System facilities everywhere. For more information or to receive an application by mail, please call the King County Fairgrounds at (206) 296-8888 or (360) 825-7777, or send e-mail to