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Washington State Fair 2013
General Event Information
Fairs & Festivals
* see below for ticketing information
Dates and Times:
September 6-25, 12:00-12:00AM; (See website for complete schedule.)
Gate admission is FREE from 10 a.m. – noon on Friday, Sept. 6, with a recommended non-perishable food donation for Puyallup Food Bank. Last year over 90,000 pounds were collected on opening day, and the goal is to beat that number this year.
The Puyallup Fair offers tradition and trendy, all wrapped into one. Old-time favorites include animal shows, 4-H and FFA students competing, grange displays, home arts cooking contests and quilts, the International Photo Exhibition that draws entries from all corners of the globe, Hobby Hall, floral designs, and rides, including the new thrill ride, Vertigo.
If you thought scones were popular before, they will be even more popular this year, as Fisher Fair Scones are celebrating their 100th anniversary. Sometime during the Fair the 100 millionth scone will be sold, and the person who most closely guesses the date and time will win $1,000 and a year’s supply of scone mix. Visit http://www.facebook.com/fisherscones.
New on the food front are deep fried green beans, sold in the five new Stampede Grill locations. Curry Cousin also comes to the Fair, offering curry dishes from all over the world. For traditionalists, there are onion burgers, carmel apples, grilled corn, and much more. Adventurist diners will enjoy the zaniness of Deep Fried Kool Aid, frog legs, fried pickles and more.
Top-name entertainment highlights the Columbia Bank Concert Series again this year. Headliners range from Miranda Lambert to Selena Gomez and The Scene, and Larry the Cable Guy to Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith. Purchase tickets at www.thefair.com, and you can select your seating. Free entertainment stages and strolling entertainers feature something for all ages. New entertainers include hypnotist Lisa Marie, illusionist Peter Gossamer and entertainers Stoddard and Cole.
New to the Fair for 2011 is the Thrill Zone, featuring the MBS Mountainboard Big Air Show and the Big Aerial Show. You’ll be amazed at entertainment high in the sky with spinning and flipping rides, and skilled aerial artists.
Vote for the “Best of the Fair” Sept. 9-13 at the Emerald Queen Casino booth. Guests can vote for their favorite Fair food, dessert, livestock, exhibit, and entertainment, and have the chance to win concert tickets to Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson on Sept. 19.
Fiestas Patrias will again feature a daylong Latino music festival complete with dancing, music, vendors and food. New is a separate ticketed concert that evening featuring Intocable. Sept. 18 offers a full day of family fun saluting our neighbors down south, presented by La Gran D 99.3 FM and Juan 1210 AM.
The Puyallup Fair is again hosting the 2011 Justin Boots Rodeo Playoffs of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, Sept. 9-11. Watch the top 24 cowboys and cowgirls in each event as they compete for a purse of over $540,000, the largest purse in the Pacific Northwest. Entertainer Joe Nichols will perform following the opening night rodeo, and Ricochet will perform following Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. rodeo. Upgrade your Saturday evening rodeo ticket in advance for only $17 more, and join a great party when Ricochet performs, Dancin’ in the Dirt. Partiers will dance in the dirt, meet cowboys, enjoy food and beverages, and have a great party evening. The rodeo is complete with the Finals on Sunday, where the top winners move on to one more playoff rodeo before the national finals. O’Reilly Auto Parts sponsors the rodeo, and offers a $5 off coupon for the rodeo.