Fair Advisory Board

2022 Fair Advisory Board Members

About The Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board

The Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board aids in managing and preserving the largest publicly owned fair in the Pacific Northwest, including advising on:

• Maintaining the county’s ties to its agricultural roots
• Expanding programs for youth and teens
• Supporting local food systems 
• Broadening public safety efforts
• Enhancing child-safety programs 
• Evaluating budgets 
• Reviewing and recommending entertainment
• Initiating innovative programs and projects 

The Fair Advisory Board is composed of eleven members, five representing the Council district in which they live, and six at-large members who may live anywhere in the county. Members serve four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive full terms. Board members meet monthly and more frequently during the Fair.


See below for vacant positions. To apply, fill out this application and send it along with a resume to:

Kara Underwood, Division Manager

Evergreen State Fair, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe WA 98272

(425) 388-6640 phone / (360) 794-8027 fax / Kara.Underwood@snoco.org


Regular Meetings: 7:00 p.m. second Tuesday of each month in the Fair Park Administration Office Conference Room.  If you would like to join via ZOOM, the link will be on the agenda.  Staff Contact: Debbie.Donk@snoco.org  

2024 Meetings and Agendas

Meeting DateAgenda Minutes
No Meeting in September

October 10, 2023, 7:00 p.m. In Person & Zoom (Link on agenda) 10/10/2023 Agenda10/10/2023 Minutes
November 14, 2023, 7:00 p.m. In Person & Zoom (Link on agenda) 11/14/2023 Agenda11/14/2023 Minutes
No meeting in December

January 9, 2024, 7:00 p.m. In Person & Zoom (Link on agenda)
01/09/2024 Agenda
February 13, 2024, 7:00 p.m. In Person &
Zoom (link on agenda)
02/13/2024 Agenda
No Meeting in March

April 9, 2024, 7:00 p.m. In Person &
Zoom (link on agenda)

2023 Meeting Minutes and Agendas 

2024 Fair Advisory Board

Marshia Armstrong- District 1- Fair Advisory Board Member

District 1 - Marshia Armstrong 
Marshia is a real estate broker/manager and internet sales guru. She participated in 4-H Clothing as a teen and later as the Lucky Leaves 4-H Club leader for 10+ years. Marshia was also a member of the Washington State 4-H Leaders Council for 4 years. While raising and showing Simmental cattle, she wrote the exotic open beef show catalog for the fair. Marshia said she is pleased to serve her community on the Fair Advisory Board, helping to preserve the agricultural and community connections of the fair.

District 2 - VACANT

We are looking to fill this District 2 vacancy. If you are interested, please email kara.underwood@snoco.org.

District 3 - VACANT

We are looking to fill this District 3 vacancy. If you are interested, please email kara.underwood@snoco.org.

Fair Advisory Board Member Judi Smith

District 4 - Judi Smith
Judi Smith is a long time resident of Washington State and volunteers within her community.  She participated in 4H growing up and later in life would work to put on Tour de Terrace in Mountlake Terrace for 26 years. Judi and her husband Jerry, raced their Figure 8 racecar at Evergreen Speedway for many years.  She loves to volunteer and support her community.

Fair Advisory Board Member Kathleen Wright

District 5 - Kathleen Wright 
Kathleen has been the Open Class Baking Department Superintendent since 1994 and has been a strong role model for community involvement and helping others benefit by showing them how to take an active role ever since. Always mindful that a fair’s function is to “educate, encourage and evaluate”, Kathleen conducts training for baked goods judges each year and leads free seminars all year long promoting how to enter at the fair and win. Many new contestants have had a more positive fair experience because they attended a workshop or seminar.

At-Large Members:

Fair Advisory Board Member Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson - 2024 Chair
Bill has been active serving at the Evergreen State fair for the past 12 years. Bill has been active in the Snohomish community serving on various non-profit boards and as an executive for a National Hospital in their gift planning division. Bill said he is honored to help the Fair serving in this role to promote all the great work moving forward in our great county! 

Fair Advisory Board Member J. Elaine Johannsen

J. Elaine Johannsen - 2024 Vice Chair
Elaine has over 30 years' experience as a business analyst with extensive computer skills and has been a project manager for several large projects. Elaine is a past 4-H Leader and has been a FFA chaperone for events. Her reasons for serving would assist with keeping an agricultural and country focus for the fair while maintaining a safe, fun, and educational place for families.


Maggie Bright

Bio forthcoming

Markus Stone

Bio forthcoming

Fair Advisory Board Member Eldon BarelheimerEldon Bartelheimer 

Eldon owns Hillstreet Cleaners in Monroe and Snohomish.  He has been active in the community, serving on chamber boards and planning commissions.  The Bartelheimer Family was the honored Centennial Farm Family in 2018.  His family has been involved with the fair for generations.   Eldon's business experience and community involvement is an asset to the Fair. 

Fair Advisory Board Member Candace BurkeCandace Burke - 2024 Secretary
Candi has been in health care for 17+ yrs as a Cardiac Tech and CMA. She has been involved in 4-H as a youth and 25+ yrs as a leader both on the club level and county level. She joined the board to see a different perspective of the Fair and to keep it a fun and educational community Fair for all.