The demolition is part of a plan to optimize the 193-acre fair park for future community space. The well-known Commercial Building #400 at the center of the Evergreen State Fair Park is being demolished after nearly 70 years of serving Snohomish County. This central fair park building has been used for countless year-round events, fair-time activities, and recently supported the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by storing personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Commercial Building was first built in the mid-1950s and has served many functions including a low-class dairy barn; hosting exhibits, small animal and craft shows; as commercial vendor space; and food concession stands during The Evergreen State Fair. More recently, the building was instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic and was used not only to store and distribute thousands of items of PPE, but also as a space for a distiller to manufacture hand sanitizer.

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Tom Tiegen Parks & Rec, KROKo, Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive

KRKO’s KRoko joined in the fun as well. Elected officials, Evergreen State Fair Board members and Snohomish County staff gathered on February 21 to celebrate the life of the Commercial Building and commemorated the start of its demolition.

“The mission of the Evergreen State Fair Park is to create an inclusive and accessible space for Snohomish County’s residents and visitors,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “This demolition is the next step towards optimizing the 193-acre Fair Park for what our community wants and needs: a safe and welcoming place for all to learn, grow, and make community connections.”

“Updating aging infrastructure to provide functional spaces is part of looking to the future,” said Tom Teigen, Director of the Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “The Fair Park, Evergreen Equestrian Park and Evergreen Speedway serve over 500,000 people year-round. There are so many potential ways we can maximize this space for the community. We are excited to discover what comes next for this space.”

The 25,000-square-foot area will remain open once the building is demolished for this year’s fair. The contract for demolition included a component to salvage parts of the building in an effort toward environmental sustainability. If any community members are interested in salvaging material from the demolition, please email [email protected].