A Humboldt County Tradition
The North Country Fair is an annual two-day festival held on the Arcata Plaza in Arcata, CA the third full weekend in September. Presented by the Same Old People since 1974, we are celebrating our 40th year! This year's Fair takes place September 21 and 22.
The Fair includes around 200 craft, food, and information booths, two parades, two stages, and a lawn performance area. An estimated 10,000 people come from everywhere to help us celebrate the diversity within our community and our world.
The Fair is a gathering of craftspeople, artisans, musicians, and community groups celebrating the survival of human economy based on resilience, cooperation, mutual aid, and respect for all life on earth.
In an effort to reduce our impact on the planet, the Fair has again teamed up with Zero Waste Humboldt to work toward a goal of zero waste. Look for ZWH volunteers around the Fair to help you sort your compost, recycling and trash!
The Same Old People again invite you to observe the Equinox and the change of seasons at the North Country Fair! Please join us on the Arcata Plaza, Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22 from 10am to 6pm.
Samba Parade - Saturday at 1pm
with Samba da Alegria
All Species Parade - Sunday at 1pm
with Synapsis and the Northcoast Environmental Center
All Vendor booth spaces are full at this time. Only a few 8'x8' info booth spaces are still available! Contact us immediately if you are interested.
The 2013 Entertainment Schedule is full.
A True History of the North Country Fair
It was 1974, during a prolonged upheaval of space and time. The City of Arcata was under a dark cloud of smoke and hadn’t been seen or heard from in years. Giant-sized descendents of Paul Bunyan and secretive Druids lives their lives without much interference. That is, until the day that Nixon was re-elected and the aliens arrived..
Read the rest of the story, by Dr. Loon
Footage from the 1998 Fair!
Check out this great video filmed at the 1998 North Country Fair! Very entertaining! Many thanks to Access Humboldt for this video!
For this 40th Yr Anniversary of the North Country Fair, Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH) has been invited to manage AND reduce the waste generated by the Fair. ZWH is recruiting & training more than 50 volunteers to help fairgoers reduce their impact on our planet. You can help too!
Have fun with friends, enjoy the atmosphere of the Fair and our great fall weather, and give back to your community at the same time! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities with the ZWH crew—some with lots of interaction with fairgoers, some more phsical activity, something for everyone. Short shifts only 2-4 hours! Want to join the fun and feel good about making a difference at the Fair? Contact Zero Waste Humboldt now!
For more information or to get involved, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another way we are striving to reduce waste is by minimizing the use of single-use plastic bottles. This year, refreshing water will be served by 2 organizations: The Retired Sr. Volunteer Program will serve you water in compostable paper cups, and Humboldt Baykeeper volunteers will serve you water at the Zero Waste Humboldt booth, preferably in your own reusable container.
We strongly encourage you to bring your own cup or bottle (but remember, NO GLASS)!
Get Your Species On!
Did you know that not only is it the 40th Anniversary of the North Country Fair, it is also the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act! In recognition of our kinship with all species, we are once again excited for the All Species Parade!
To help you and your family get ready, the Northcoast Environmental Center and SCRAP Humboldt are offering two FREE mask-making workshops will be offered to help you and your family get ready for the All Species Parade! Wednesdays September 11 & 18, 6-8pm.