It's beginning to look like a Covid-Christmas, which means unlike anything most of us have ever seen before.  But that won's stop the State Fair park from injecting new fun into the places where the traditional fun used to be!!

Accord to a new press release, here's the plan!  From November 28th through December 6th  -- STATE FAIR PARK HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTFEST !

Not unlike the drive through State Fair Food Fest, this will be a drive-thru Holiday Light Fest experience with another transformation of the fairgrounds.  It's presented by Yakima Federal Savings & Loan with the staff, Board, and volunteers at State Fair Park working hard to make this a special event for years to come.

The drive-thru experience will feature 12 festive and fun holiday-themed scenes, nearly 20 miles of lights illuminating buildings and trees. Guests will be provided a map showcasing each vignette once they enter.  Some of the themed scenes include Candyland with a festive gingerbread house, the North Pole with two of Santa’s reindeer–Dasher and Comet, a mailbox for letters to Santa, and the big man himself!

The way into the winter wonderland and the responsible social-distanced festival is  to turn North on 18th Street from Nob Hill Blvd and enter a tGate15 which is located on Pacific Ave (by the Yakima County Baseball Stadium).Gates will open at 4:30 pm with the drive-thru hours from 5 pm–9 pm each night.

Admission will be $10 per vehicle and $20 for limos and buses. Group discount tickets are available, see our website for details. A drive-up concession area will be available with food items will to include traditional concession items as well as special holiday offerings like hot chocolate and spiced cider.  Credit or debit cards are preferred, but cash will be accepted as well.

This nine-day event will have two community give back opportunities. On Monday, November 30thwe have partnered with the Yakima Salvation Army and guests that bring a new unwrapped toy (suggested value $10) will be provided free admission that evening sponsored by Yakima Federal. On Tuesday, December 1st, $3.00 of each paid admission will be donated to the Yakima Humane Society and Wags to Riches, to support rescued animal needs and adoptions.

Organizers say the event would not be possible without the generous support of presenting partner Yakima Federal Savings and Loan and other businesses in our community who have sponsored each holiday-themed scene. Sponsors include Tree Top, Burrows Tractor, State Farm Insurance: Agents Eric Silvers, Joel Goesch, Linda Roth, Bruce Sears, and Ava Grajeda-Allard, Banner Bank, NW Farm Credit Services, Coca-Cola, American Rock Products-a CRH company, YAKIMA CO-OP, G.S. Long, HDI-Horizon Distribution, Inc. Pacific Power, Kapuza Lighty, PLLC Accident Injury Lawyers.

We appreciate your cooperation with the mandatory law of wearing a mask and remaining in your vehicle while at the event.  All staff will practice safety guidelines set by the Yakima County Health District. Staff will wear masks and gloves, sanitize surfaces frequently, and properly package food and beverages. For additional information or questions regarding Holiday Light Fest, a list of FAQs is available at www.fairfun.com.
The 2021 Central Washington State Fair is scheduled for September 24 –October 3rd. The Fair will be back bigger and better with many surprises next year.
Peter Kovalev