It’s Washington State Fair Time!

Can you believe it is already scone, onion burger, rollercoaster, cute animal season? The Washington State Fair begins on Aug. 31 to kick off Labor Day Weekend in Puyallup and runs through Sept. 23.

Photo by Kirsten Abel

New this year is The Farm at SillyVille where kids can learn about agriculture, healthy eating choices, and farm life all while having fun. At SillyVille, you can feed chickens, harvest veggies, pretend to be a farmer on this 1.5-acre farm.

Also new this year is Outpost 47, an all ages stage and bar where there will be free shows including MJ Live! Michael Jackson Tribute Concert, The Prince Experience, Piano Men — A Tribute to Elton John, and much more. VIP tickets will be available for purchase, but all other seats are first-come, first-served. When shows aren’t happening, games will be broadcast on the big screens.

Photo by Kirsten Abel

From Sept. 6-9 experience The World’s Biggest Bounce House near the giant slide for an additional $5 per person. The 10,000-square-foot inflatable will feature a live DJ, obstacles, and fun for ages 5 and up. Another attraction not to be missed is Discover the Dinosaurs, where giant life-like anatomical moving T-Rex and more will take you back in time. Admission is $7 for ages 3 and up.

You will be burning off a lot of calories jumping, farming, dancing, and browsing all the awesome exhibits, so you won’t need to feel guilty trying all the new treats (and of course, eating your classic faves like the Krusty Pups.) Try the new Unicone — a giant ice-cream treat that will up your Insta-game!

Get a cool vintage art tee, treats, gate admission, and a spin on the Classic Coaster or carousel when you Run The Puyallup 2.5k course on Sept. 1. Proceeds will support the Washington State Fair Foundation.

Every year the state’s biggest fair attracts some of the biggest stars to the Columbia Bank Stage and this year is no exception. See Khalid, Chicago, Culture Club, Joan Jett, Macklemore and more.

Photo by Patrick Hagerty

The Washington State Fair is full of special events during its run including rodeos, fireworks, and more. You should go to their website to plan accordingly. There you will find out about deals and discounts, resources to help visitors with disabilities, information about where to park, transit options, and more. Also note that the fair is closed Sept. 5, and every Tuesday.


is the editor in chief at South Sound magazine.
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