The NCW Fair began in 1889 as the Douglas County Industrial Exposition.
The Big Bend Round-Up – featuring horse racing and a rodeo – was added shortly thereafter. In the early 1900’s, it was known as the Waterville Potato Carnival. It became the Douglas County Fair in the 1920’s and the North Central Washington District Fair in the 1940’s and remained so until 2005 when the word “District” was removed. The NCW Fair is also commonly known as the “Waterville Fair.”
From parades and picnics through Waterville to exhibits and animals at the Fairgrounds, the NCW Fair has been a premier event in Douglas County and North Central Washington for well over 100-years.