Washington Products and Events

We are taking a look at our favorite Washington products and events in August and September. Mark your calendar and take note of these fabulous Washington wares.

written by Megan Morse

Washington State Fair

photo by Patrick Hagerty

With concerts, rides and a rodeo, the Washington State Fair has something for the entire family. Continuously ranked among the United States’ ten largest state fairs, this summer’s lineup includes big names like Kahlid, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldridge, Macklemore, Rascal Flatts and comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. Other highlights include a moving anatomical dinosaur exhibit and a farmer-for-a-day SillyVille interactive exhibit. The fair runs from August 31-September 23. thefair.com

Rite in the Rain

Like a true Pacific Northwesterner, Rite in the Rain products are both environmentally friendly and able to handle precipitation. Based in Tacoma, the company’s special paper was initially designed to help loggers working in poor weather conditions. These journals defy Mother Nature. Rite in the Rain offers wood-based products and recyclable paper that can be exposed to water without falling apart. riteintherain.com

Firefly Kitchens’ Fresh & Fermented Cookbook

Based in Seattle, Firefly Kitchens is all about the healthy probiotics found in fermented vegetables, and its new Fresh & Fermented cookbook is no different. This beautifully illustrated book is full of simple recipes that will have you incorporating this versatile food not only into your main dishes but also in smoothies, cakes and oatmeal. fireflykitchens.com

Olympia Harbor Days

The Olympia Harbor Days festival is entertainment mixed with natural vistas. Celebrating the world’s largest vintage tugboat races along the Puget Sound’s Port of Olympia, the festival also brings music, food, arts and crafts, and history over the three-day event. Say farewell to summer at this family fun event, which runs from August 31-September 2. harbordays.com

Squirrel Fest

Known for its squirrel suspension bridges, Longview takes it to the next level with a Squirrel Fest on August 18. Start the day off at the “go nutty” parade, then explore the vendors, check out the squirrel cam and watch Circus Cascadia with the kids. Later, get in on the karaoke contest, relax at the beer and wine garden and end the evening at the main stage for a lineup of musical performances. lvsquirrelfest.com

Tom Sawyer Country Coffee

Savor a cup of bold coffee from Tom Sawyer Coffee Company, a roaster based in Spokane. This company takes pride in supporting and sourcing its beans from family-owned coffee farms. We love the single pour-over variety pack for summer camping excursions. tomsawyercountrycoffee.com

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