It’s that time of year again. The State Fair in Puyallup, Washington is open now and it’s time get your butt in gear and go enjoy the fun.
Why should I go?
Because it’s the biggest, best, baddest and highest attended fair in the entire region. The longest we’ve spent at The Fair was 10-hours, and we still didn’t remotely see everything. You should go because it’s fun and fun is a thing you enjoy.
What is there to do?
What isn’t there to do? As the biggest fair in the state, they’ve got it all.
Farm animals of huge variety like sheep, goats, chickens, cows, pigs, rabbits, horses and too many more to mention. For some reason, there is even a zebra. Not your typical barnyard sort, but the closest I’ve ever been to one.
Endless booths to shop your heart out. Not everything is for everyone, but there’s certainly something for everyone. Cookware, electronics, toys and games, candy, and just too many more to mention.
Live shows with lumberjacks and roving performers throughout the day in a wide variety of flavors and styles.
Daily performances on the main stage (tickets needed) and more performances you can enjoy with regular admission.
Tons and tons of food choices. Fish & Chips, Cow Chip Cookies, caramel apples, monster burgers, cheesy fries, gyros, and of course, even deep fried butter on a stick.
Rides a plenty, including real wooden and steel roller coasters, plus games of skill where you can win stuffed animals so big you might be able to drive home in the carpool lane.
Tons of other free stuff. Check out their full list for more and I’ll stop boring you.
Got any crazy stats about The Fair?
As a matter of fact I do. These all come from the official site, so buckle in.
500,000 toilet seat covers used. Wow, that sounds like a load of… never mind.
351,000 prizes awarded to skilled carnival game players.
4,113 floral competition entries received.
903 collectors and hobbyists who entered their “treasures” in Hobby Hall.
650,406 complementary gate admission tickets provided to students in western Washington with another 127,977 given to educators and teachers.
1 million+ gate admissions in 2014.
1,300,000 Fair scones served, dripping with honey butter and raspberry jam.
275,000 pounds of food collected for Puyallup Food Bank on opening day, partnered with KOMO 4, KOMO Newsradio AM 1000/97.7 FM, and KOMOnews.com
I’m sold. When can I go???
Open daily through September 27th from 9:00 or 10:00 each morning through 10:00 or 11:00pm. (Specific hours here)
Getting There is Easy…
Pretty much you just head to Puyallup and follow the signs. Your GPS will get you close enough, but really, just getting to Puyallup is enough to find it, as the signs are simply everywhere.
Parking is easy and affordable at $10 for weekdays and $15 for weekends, but you can find street parking across the overpass if you’re really looking to save that last odd nickel. I did the free thing the first year, but ever since then I’ve always paid for parking because it’s by far the closest and by the end of a long day, I just want to get off my feet.
Admission is only $12.50 for adults, though you may still be able to get $10 tickets at Safeway and other big chain grocers. Students and seniors are $9 and kids five and under are always free.