Driving down South Meridian in Puyallup, the yards are already lined with “Fair Parking” signs and brightly colored booths long before reaching the fairgrounds. The closer you get, the more the sidewalks bulge with excited pedestrians. You can almost smell the Fisher scones and funnel cakes in the air. That’s right, it’s already fair season.
The State Fair runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 22 this year, and kicked off to a line of people that went on for blocks and blocks. This is partially due to the BECU Free Kids Weekend — in which children aged birth through 18 have free admission during Labor Day weekend — and partially because of KOMO’s Opening Day Food Drive, in which gate admission was waived to those donating non-perishable foods for the first two hours after opening.
There’s so much to be excited for in this year’s State Fair. Concerts and rodeos abound, with special performers such as The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men, and Brad Paisley, to name a few. The new exhibit Lost World of Dragons will immerse visitors in ancient mythology and make-believe for an additional $8 per person. The World’s Biggest Bounce House is back through Sept. 8, measuring in at a whopping 10,000 square feet of inflatable fun. Georgia and Peppa the pigs, located in the Piglet Palace, are pregnant with between eight and 12 baby piglets each. They haven’t arrived yet, but Georgia’s due date was opening day, so they should make their debut at the fair any moment now. Not to mention, the tried and true fair staples: a caramel apple, a Krusty Pup, giant pumpkins, and a seat on the ferris wheel to take it all in. It’s safe to say this year is going to be one for the books.