There are plenty of good reasons to go the San Juan County fair.
Here's one more.
San Juan Historical Museum will showcase the introductory centerpiece of its latest exhibit, perhaps its boldest and most intricate exhibit ever, the San Juan Island Museum of History & Industry, inside the fairgrounds main exhibit hall during the four-day run of fair, Aug. 13-16.
Roughly 5.5-square feet in size, that centerpiece is a 3-D topographical map that, once complete, will light up with a push of a button to reveal the location of four of San Juan Island's most influential commercial enterprises, fishing, farming, logging and production of lime.
The visual anchor of the exhibit's welcoming atrium, the "topo" map also features side-mounted video screens that provide detailed information about each of the four industries, and the case in which it's displayed has "industrial" touches which carry that theme through all areas of the museum.
Housed in the Historical Museum's renovated 19th century barn, the Museum of History & Industry, consists of four separate wings, as well as the atrium, that together tell the stories of the island's formative industries and the industrious islanders who played a role in them.
Funding for the map and display case comes from the Honeywell Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, and financial donation by San Juan Island's Valmark Coporation. The legs of the display case are made of island-grown cedar logs, donated by Bill Maas of Egg Lake Sawmill & Shake, with assistance of Wood Craft's Dave Marsudon, and the case was built by historical society members Don Nixon and Fred Yockers.