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Get ready to rumble to Kitsap County Fair through Sunday

On Monday morning, as final preparations were being made for the 2002 Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, Roni Beaty, right, and Karen Jennings lay  down colorful tablecloths in the rodeo arena barbecue area. - Photo by Rogerick Anas
On Monday morning, as final preparations were being made for the 2002 Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, Roni Beaty, right, and Karen Jennings lay down colorful tablecloths in the rodeo arena barbecue area.
— image credit: Photo by Rogerick Anas

Kitsap County Fair and Stampede fans might want to consider hitching a ride to this region’s largest summer event on a Kitsap Transit shuttle, rather than fighting the crowds or traffic in the family car.

Plus, fair organizers are reintroducing a parking fee this year.

Drivers will be charged $3 per vehicle for a parking space at the fairgrounds between Silverdale and Bremerton.

The fair hasn’t charged for parking in seven years, but the fee has resurfaced to help chip in for the stage acts at the fair and is expected to help offset other costs to not draw too heavily from the county’s beleaguered budget.

“There is no estimate this year as to how many people might use the express service to the fair,” said Laurie Talbert of Kitsap Transit. “It’s the same service offered last year, but the fair is changing its parking.”

Kitsap Transit will offer two express shuttles that consistently run to the fair during hours of operation, Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 25.

An express bus will operate from the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale at the bus pick-up near the Flag Pavilion entrance. That bus will run every hour, with the first trips starting at 10 a.m.

The second express bus will operate from the East Bremerton transfer center at the corner of Sylvan and Wheaton ways. That bus is to run every hour on the half hour, with the first trips starting at 9:30 a.m.

Those catching a ride on the Kitsap Transit express will be charged regular fares, unless discount coupons are clipped and carried on board. Riding the Kitsap Transit shuttles back the other way from the fair won’t cost commuters a dime.

“Fair express riders will also receive fair admissions discount coupons,” Talbert said. “Those are offered Wednesday through Sunday.”

From Wednesday through Saturday, express commuters will receive a $2 discount coupon for fair admission. On Sunday, commuters will receive a coupon that knocks $3 off admission.

In addition to the Kitsap Transit express shuttle services to the fair, the public transit agency is also offering fairgoers free shuttle rides from the parking lots to the fair itself.

Those parking-lot shuttles are expected to run every five to seven minutes from designated waiting locations.

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