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Looking for a Wedding Caterer in Puyallup?

Wedding Food Planning And Cater

One of the best or worst parts of a wedding can be the food. We have all gone to that wedding where the food is horrid and then we have been to those weddings where the food was amazing and it made for a really fun wedding. For most couples and their guests the food can be the most important aspect to the wedding celebration. It can really make or break the overall atmosphere of the wedding. Everyone enjoys eating good food at a party but some couples can make mistakes early on in the wedding planning process that can lead to having terrible food or horrible service at their wedding. There are certain questions that you need to ask a potential catering company before hiring them to make sure that the food at your wedding is delicious and that there are no issues leading up to the event that can potentially affect the food situation during the wedding. Before meeting with the caterer here are some questions to consider and ask during the meeting.

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The most important question to start with is whether the caterer has a license and carries liability insurance. The license will indicate that the company has met all local health department standards, which is great news for your wedding. Also if you wish to have alcohol at the wedding then they will also need a liquor license and liquor liability insurance. The liquor liability insurance covers any accidents or issues that arise from serving alcohol at an open bar. It will help minimize how much will have to be paid out if someone injures themselves or damages property due to the effects of alcohol. The food and liquor licenses and insurance are a peace of mind for anyone looking to have food or alcoholic drinks at their wedding.

Some couples are very particular about the food at their wedding. For certain couples it is important to have vegan or organic food at their wedding. Some caterers will have many different kinds of food offerings and others offer only run of the mill standard wedding fair. Keep in mind if you wish to have a specific cuisine at your wedding then find a caterer that specializes in that style of food. If you wish to have French food at your wedding, then find a caterer that specializes in French food. Some caterers might claim that they can prepare and serve a specific style of food but your best bet is to hire a company that specializes in what you want. Also speak with the caterer about any special requests some of your guests might have. For example, some family members might require kosher or vegetarian meals due to religious or social concerns. If you are having children at your wedding, some caterers offer children’s meals. Address this with the caterer and find out if they charge an extra fee for these types of additional meals.

When dealing with anything wedding related, be prepared for fees upon fees. Sometimes, couples will get a bill from a vendor that includes fees they were not even aware of before they hired that vendor. Caterers can have a lot of fees when it comes to food and drinks so get all fees up front when meeting with them. Start with how much their security deposit will be, the sales tax and the service fees. Those are all common fees that all caterers charge clients. Also ask if there are any gratuities and if those are paid up front or after the party. Some caterers charge a delivery, setup and breakdown fee so make sure to ask in advance how much that will cost. If you wish to have alcohol at your wedding ask if bartenders are included or will there be an extra fee for the caterer to hire a bartender. Also, some caterers will provide tables, chairs, plates, linens and silverware for an extra fee as well. See if their prices are comparable to just renting those items from a party planning company. When meeting with the caterer be very clear about all the extra and hidden fees associated with their services. The last thing you will want after budgeting a specific amount for catering for your wedding is to be hit with extra fees you did not originally plan for when you came up with your budget.

If you are an individual who needs to have a caterer available to you at all times makes sure to express that to them when meeting with them. Some caterers will book multiple events in one day and for some couples this could be a deal breaker. Your wedding might not get the attention and the staff that is required if the caterer is stretched too thin that day. Along those lines, ask who from the company will oversee the service on your wedding day. If you have a good connection with an individual from the company then it might be important to you to have that person overseeing your event. Working with the same person throughout the whole process and then not having that person available on the day of your wedding can add extra stress to your already stressful day.

When interviewing potential caterers for your wedding keep in mind that catering is one of the most expensive parts of a wedding so be thorough when asking your questions. Also, get a list of previous clients and contact them to see how satisfied they were with services that the caterer provided during their event. It is very important to get honest feedback from others in order to help you make the best decision possible. The caterer does more than serve food at your wedding. They also help make the food serving process during your wedding go off without a hitch. Looking for a caterer locally in the Puyallup area? There are a lot of very reasonably priced caterers in your area so reach out to them to see what kind of packages they offer. If you have worked with a caterer in the Puyallup area let us know on Twitter!

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Puyallup Weekend Events June 2-4 – 2017

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It’s been a bit of a cloudy week after a stretch of sun, but it looks like the warm rays will return this weekend! Click here for this weekend’s weather forecast.  Today is the first day of June, and that means those long summer nights are not too far out! Take a look at what is happening in the Puyallup community this weekend.We hope you make the most of your time away from work, school, or other duties and check out these events.

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Stamp and Scrapbook Expo

A scrapbooker’s paradise! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo events cater to paper crafters of all types and experience levels. Card makers, stampers and scrapbook enthusiasts can find new products and designs from vendors. They can also swap ideas with like-minded crafters and learn new techniques during workshops.

Hours: Fri,10:00am – 6:00pm; Sat, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Pavilion – Enter at Gold Gate
Admission: $10 per person (Fri. early bird – $15), Kids 12 & under – free
Website: http://scrapbookexpo.com/2017-expo-show-list/pu-17/

Dozer Day

The Dozer Day event seeks to educate children of all ages about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities, and public safety. By giving the kids a realistic and ultimate construction experience, we put the kids in the “driver’s seat” to allow them to interact with real heavy construction equipment, fire engines, ambulances and police cars; while also engaging in other fun outdoor activities, games and toys. Children also have the opportunity to meet and interact with real professionals in these industries.

Hours: 11am – 4pm
Location: SillyVille – Enter at SillyVille Gate (Parking – $5 per car)
Admission: Kids (ages 2-12) & Seniors (ages 60+): $8, Adults: $10
Check the Dozer Day website for tickets or at the gate day of event
Contact: Mark Scoccollo
Phone: 206- 730-5289
Email: mark@sciinfastructure.com
Website: seattle.dozerday.org

Puyallup Public Library

Saturday, June 3

Reading with a Doggie Friend 

Clover the Dalmatian and Rhys the Border Collie love to listen to a good book! These trained therapy dogs visit the Library on a regular basis and provide children with a no-pressure situation to practice their reading skills from 3:00-4:00 pm this Saturday!

Farmer’s Market 

The Puyallup Farmer’s Market is a popular community event. With fresh produce, flowers, yummy bakery treats, and a plethora of different vendors, the market is a great place to spend a Saturday morning or afternoon. Support your local small business and community members.  The market is a very family friendly event (bring your furry friends along too, dogs love the market!) The market is on Saturday from 9am-2pm.

Pinot’s Pallete

Paint your worries away at Pinot’s Pallete. For an evening filled with art, food, drinks, and some good friends, what more could you ask for? They have several weeknight and weekend events with different options to pick from! Reserve your spot tonight. They have a great variety of paintings to choose from for all different styles and artistic preferences!

Watson’s GreenHouse 

TOMATO FESTIVAL June 3rd

We are all about tomatoes this Saturday! Whether you are looking for grafted, cherry, heirloom varieties or just interested in growing something new this year we have everything you need!

PRUNING JAPANESE MAPLES June 3rd 9am-10am

Join Aaron Cady, certified arborist, for this informative seminar on pruning Japanese Maples.

Click here to sign up for these classes!

Make the most of the weather and get outside this weekend! Spend some time in the parks, on the local trails, or down by the river! Have a great weekend and check in with us next week to see what is happening in the community!

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Puyallup Events (Jan 23-29)

It’s a new week in Puyallup. Check out the different events happening in the community! 

Sportsmen’s Show

It’s where the great outdoors comes indoors! Western Washington’s only Sportsmen’s Show features over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more. This event is family-friendly and also good for those who want to be a bit more adventurous in nature. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality. We live in an amazing area of the world where the great outdoors is very accessible. Areas of interest include hunting, fishing, camping, guides and outfitters, resorts & lodges from western US, Canada & internationally, boats, RVs, 4×4’s, wildlife art, pack equipment, hunting dogs, 3D archery, horse and mule packing, and casting pools. If you love the outdoors, this event is not to be missed! The event begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday evening!

Hours: Wed – Fri, 12pm – 8pm; Sat, 10am – 8pm; Sun, 10am – 4pm
Location: Sleep Train ShowPlex – Enter at Blue Gate
Website: http://www.thesportshows.com

Feed My Starving Children- Mobile Pack

FMSC is a global Christian hunger charity that donates nutritious, dehydrated MannaPack meals to missions running orphanages, schools, clinics, and feeding programs in nearly 70 countries. MobilePack program connects volunteers from across the United States to children across the world. We invite you to participate in these events by packing food or donating funds. This is a great way to give back and help those less fortunate.
Hours: January 27 at 12:00 pm to January 28 at 6:00 pm
Location: AgriPlex – Enter at Green Gate

Website: https://give.fmsc.org/puyallup/events/1701-246me-puyallup-wa-greg-cyndi-helle-mobilepack/e98262

Puyallup Public Library

Check out the calendar of Puyallup library events. This week the library is hosting:

24 -Tuesday
25 – Wednesday
26- Thursday
27- Friday
28- Saturday

High School Winter Sports

With the cold winter months in full swing, indoor winter sports are a great way for students to stay active and busy. Check out the different schools and teams and go out and support a student you know in the community. You can find the different sports, teams, and times here on the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) website.

Pinot’s Palette 

Painting and wine in one relaxing evening. Spend an evening at Pinot’s Palette in the Sunrise Village located on South Hill. Pick your evening here!

South Hill Mall 

Brawl at the Mall

Friday, January 27th 7 pm

Come out and support Rogers High School Rams Wrestling Team as they compete against Kentridge High School. Bring your canned food to help the Puyallup Food Bank restock after the holidays.

 

Cascade Regional Blood Drive 

Saturday, January 28th, 10am-2pm

Donate Blood on the Cascade Regional Bus located near Applebee’s!

Weather update

Have you enjoyed the warmer weather or do you miss the cold temperature and clear sky? With the temperature rise, it’s time to get back outside again! Check out local parks and trails to stay active in the winter!

That’s all for Puyallup this week! Follow us on Twitter or Follow us on Instagram @puyallupwashington. Check in next week for what’s happening in Puyallup! Make it a terrific week.

 

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America’s Largest Antique and Collectible Show

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America’s Largest Antique and Collectible Show is taking place at the Washington State Fair Event Center in Puyallup this weekend. Are there antiques or collectibles around your house that you think might be worth something? Do you own a family heirloom that has been passed down generation to generation that you would like to get appraised? You can get answers to these questions at this show. This event is taking place on Saturday, 9am-6pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm in the ShowPlex at the Washington State Fair Events Center. Enter at the Blue Gate. Admission is $6 for adults (good for both days), kids ages 12-17 $3, and kids under 12 are free. Items on display will be from the 1880s to the 1970s. Bring your family treasures and garage sale finds for a verbal market evaluation by experts. Five ISA appraisers will provide information and value for $7 per (available during both days of the show). The show will host 400 booths.

If you spend your time watching American Pickers on the History Channel, this is the event for you. Do you like to see the progression of society and how we get from point A to B in our culture? This weekend will give you a peek into how we progressed from the post industrial revolution era to where we are today. You might even hear yourself saying, “back when I was your age…’.

For an inexpensive weekend of fun and learning, this event is sure to fit the bill if you’re curious about life in the past.  Who knows, someday when your grandchildren are at an antique show, they might be teaching their kids about the iPhone. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the antiques and collectibles that reveal how life used to be.

View our calendar for new events coming up – just like this one!

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Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Northwest

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As fall ushers in the colder weather and the leaves start to change from green to red, brown and gold, one of the best festivals happens during this wonderful time of year. Oktoberfest is held each year around the globe and two of the best places to celebrate this cultural event is right here in the Northwest! For those who can’t make it all the way to Munich to celebrate, Washington is home to our very own Bavarian Village, Leavenworth. The Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup also hosts an exciting Oktoberfest event of their own. These two events give visitors an authentic feel and taste of the true German Oktoberfest spirit. With delicious food and beer and lots of fun activities, attending Oktoberfest is a great way to celebrate our fantastic Washington fall weather!

Oktoberfest is a traditional, yearly event held in Munich, Germany and starts the third weekend of September and ends the first Sunday of October. The festival dates all the way back to 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October. The citizens of the city of Munich were invited to attend the wedding festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates. The royal family held horses race to mark the end of the festival. The next year the horse races were held again and this gave rise to the yearly tradition of Oktoberfest. The following year in 1811, in order to boost Bavarian agriculture, the first agricultural show was added. The first few decades of the festival did not have the amount of attractions that a visitor can experience today. At first, there was a carousel, a few swings and a couple of small beer stands. Over the next few years, beer tents and halls sprung up with the backing of breweries. Today, Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world. This year is the 183rd Oktoberfest and the city of Munich will see about 6 million visitors converge on the city to celebrate German food, drink and traditions.

For those of us that can’t make it all the way to Europe to celebrate this fun event, the state of Washington is fortunate to have our every own Bavarian city. Leavenworth is a delightful city surrounded by the picturesque Cascade Mountains and is the next best thing to being in the city of Munich. This festival runs the weekends of September 30th until October 1st, October 7th and the 8th, and the final weekend is October 14th and 15th. The city has four venues with live entertainment, delicious food and beer, and fun activities. Make to attend the traditional Keg Tappingcta-beer-times Ceremony at 1:00 pm every Saturday when Leavenworth’s Mayor will honor a Bavarian Tradition of “tapping the keg”. The festival in Leavenworth began in 1998 when Projekt Bayern, a non-profit organization created to promote the old world Bavarian theme through the city, came up with the idea to host an authentic Oktoberfest in the city. Every year has seen an increase in attractions and in visitors. Currently, over a million people come to visit the city for the festival. This fun celebration is $10 for admission on Fridays and $20 for Saturdays with children under 12 free. There is also free admission for active military members with valid ID.

If you can’t make it over to Leavenworth for the celebration, then head to Puyallup for the best Oktoberfest celebration in the South Sound. This authentic celebration at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup is on October 7 through the 9th. Oktoberfest Northwest hosts the largest Munich style Festhalle Biergarten and features genuine German food, beer, and entertainment. The featured events at Oktoberfest Northwest include the 5k Stein Dash, the Hammerschlagen, and the Weiner Dog races. On Sunday, October 9th the Stein Dash is a fun run that pairs running with beer tasting. When you sign up for the 5k you get a commemorative stein, an event shirt, a bib number, and a token for a free drink. There are 3 pit weinerdog-dogcostume2 stops on the 3.1 mile run where participants can fill up their stein with a different beer at each stop. Another fun event at Oktoberfest Northwest is the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions. This event is a competition to see how fast an individual can drive a nail into a cross section of wood. One of the most unique events at Oktoberfest Northwest are the wiener dog races. The “Running of the Wieners” is for Daschunds of all shapes and sizes and benefits local rescues chosen by race organizers, NW Wiener Races. Oktoberfest Northwest is located at the Washington State Fair Events Center at 110 9th Ave SW in Puyallup. This family-friendly event has something for everyone and is the perfect way to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is a fun way to not only celebrate fall but to celebrate a time-honored German tradition. Oktoberfest has deep traditional roots and the Northwest offers many fun ways to celebrate but the best events in the state are right in our very own backyard. The Washington State Fair in Puyallup has a wonderful celebration filled with delicious food and beer and a lot of fun events. This event in the South Sound is perfect for the whole family. Our very own Bavarian Village, Leavenworth, has the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in the nation. The beautiful backdrop of the Cascade Mountains and the traditional architecture of the buildings create the perfect ambiance for Oktoberfest. We would love to hear your thoughts about your favorite part of Oktoberfest. Tweet us and let us know!

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Free Fair Events and Shows

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The Fair brings in well-known entertainers every year. However, locals know that some of the best traditions and shows take place outside the Puyallup Fair grandstand.  Check out activities and events you can see for free!

Shows and Events: 

Watch master carver Russ Leno create pumpkin masterpieces at the Giant Pumpkin Carving demos in the Planting Patch – Sept. 24-25

Check out the Sheep Shows in Agriplex – Sept. 21-25

Competition is tight in the Pygmy goat and dairy goat shows – Sept. 23-25

Cheer on the Sea Gals on Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s—Sept. 24

Meet Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett on Friday, Sept. 23 on the Coca-Cola Stage, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

Eric Buss has a comedy and magic show on the Coca-Cola Stage that can’t be missed – Sept. 21-25

Catch a Rising Star Talent Show at Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s – Sept. 22-24

Here are some activities that you can enjoy daily:

Check out more than 50 unique wild and wacky collections in Hobby Hall

Check out the beautiful Washington and International Photo Competition in the Photo Salon in the Pavilion, 2nd floor

See the talent our students possess at the Jr./Sr. High Art Show in the Pavilion

Watch artisans create clay pottery, handmade bags, fused glass created right before your eyes in Artists in Action

Enjoy the talent of Washington artists in the Fine Arts Show including drawing, oil painting, digital art, and more

Learn about Western art while visiting the Fred Oldfield Western Art Heritage Center

Come to Home Arts for art and culinary demonstrations

Have your picture taken with Big Washington, our lovable and friendly Bigfoot costume character

To see a full list of free things to do at the fair website.

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Fair Rides

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One can spy the Extreme Scream (pictured left) from across the Puyallup valley and down Meridian. This tall and towering ride is a staple of the Washington State Fair. From daring teenagers to reserved kiddos, there is an adventure awaiting fair attendees.

The Midway Ride section has over 70 rides. These might be too intense for the little ones but perfect for teenagers and older. When you make it to the top of these rides, you’ll catch some great views of the fair. You might want to save some of these views for after sunset!

The WA State fair includes some intense rides; these are not for the faint of heart or stomach. Adventure Zone features the Sling Shot, walk on water, zorb, Go-Karts, Euro Bungee, and Paintball.


My Favorite Rides

The Old Roller Coaster

Recently restored, this historic roller coaster is great fair fun. This roller coaster doesn’t have loops, so if you enjoy the speed and a classic ride, this fits the bill.

The Extreme Scream

There is nothing like sitting in a chair with your feet dangling knowing you are about to shoot up into the air. With high anticipation before take off, this ride has entertainment value as a bystander. The giggles that occur after each trip ends assures those next in line that it’s worth it.

The Swings

The Swings gives the rider a freeing feeling of floating through the air. It lights up at night and adds to the ambiance of the state fair. It is a moderately paced right where you’ll find yourself smiling as you move through the air.

The Ring of Fire

I would avoid this ride if you have a sensitive stomach or have just finished eating fair food. If you enjoy rides with loops that thrill, you will certainly enjoy this classic ride.

The Giant Slide

This ride is fun for all ages! Enjoyed by young, or just the young at heart. Grab a mat and make your way down the giant yellow slide.

Egg Scrambler

If you enjoy rides that twist and jolt, this is the one for you. We wish you luck walking in a straight line after this ride; you might feel a little twisted up. That doesn’t stop some from getting right back in line.

Pricing and Tickets

Whether you go to the fair for the rides, or just want to go on a few, several ticket and pricing options are available. Adult price is $12.50 and children under 5 get free admission.

For more pricing options click here

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Fair Activities for Kids

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The Washington State Fair does have a lot of activities for the kids. Also, if you child is under 5 – they get info the fair for free!

Discover the Dinosaurs

Discover the Dinosaurs is a walk-through exhibit designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs lived. See a variety of different dinosaurs and be amazed these creatures once roamed the earth!

Admission: $6 per person   Kids under 2 are free (with a paid adult)

Planting Patch

See the pumpkins, corn, squash and more at the Planting Patch located near SillyVille and the Fair Farm. The fair can teach your kids about agriculture! They will enjoy learning about what comes from the earth and how we grow the food we eat!

SillyVille

Your kids will love SillyVille. Ride the train, pay a visit to the Food Court and Soda Shoppe featuring kids value menu items  (sized just right for small appetites), rides, free face painting, and more!

Click here for ride ticket packages

Urban Farm and Garden

A demonstration of small-scale farming and gardening in small spaces. Locally-made farm and garden products are on display. After learning about farming and gardening, your kids can view a larger farming veggie and fruit display.

Tractor Tracks

Kids will jump at the chance to test their driving skills on a pedal tractor. When driving the test track, they will go through a farm and over a river! This activity is Free with Fair admission (also a very cute picture opportunity).

Friday Fireworks Spectacular

A Fireworks show is held every Friday night at 10 pm at the fair. Even though it is a late event, your kids are sure to be dazzled by the sky lighting up. It’s a great way to wrap up a fun day at the fair.

AG- Ventureland

An interactive activity where youngins can learn about the aspects of country life like saddling a horse, roping a steer, milking a cow and other various hands-on activities.

 

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Washington State Rodeo

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The Washington State Rodeo will take place from September 9th-11th. We welcome the best cowboys and cowgirls from the region to participate in a variety of events and festivities.

A parade starting at 10:00am traveling down Meridian St. will mark the beginning of
the Rodeo at the Fair on Friday, September 9th.  A breakfast will take place at Pioneer Park in Downtown Puyallup before the parade from 8am-10am. Events at the rodeo this year will include bull riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing.

The rodeo offers different pricing and package deals for attendees.

Put on your boots and get down to the fair to enjoy a show you won’t forget!

For more details and information visit http://www.thefair.com/rodeo

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Photo from the opening parade

 

 

 

 

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Puyallup Spring Fair 2016

Spring Fair 2016 in Puyallup

The best part of spring in Puyallup is the sheer volume of fun activities to do in the area. Following in the fun filled footsteps of the Daffodil Parade, The Washington State Spring Fair is gearing up for an even bigger and better fair for 2016. Filled with fun activities for the whole family, the Fair, from April 14th until April 17th, is one of the biggest attractions in the state. For over the last ten decades, the fair has delighted and entertained people of all ages and this year will be no exception. The weather forecast says it is going to warm and sunny so there is no excuse to not get down to the fair to enjoy some delicious food, fun rides, amazing musical and entertainment acts, adorable animals, and much more.

Since the very first “Valley Fair” in 1900, the city of Puyallup and the Washington State Fair has focused on welcoming families and people from all ages and backgrounds in to enjoy the fair. The Fair’s core values include education, family, fun and making memories that last a lifetime. The Washington State Fair also provides hands on experience showcasing agriculture, the arts, and the marketplace. This year has seen the opening of SillyVille and an additional four more acres of fun designed for kids and adults alike. Another exciting addition is 12 new additional delicious food booths for the fairgoer to sample and delight in. One of the best reasons to visit the fair is food! The Spring Fair also is providing fun free entertainment from leaping DockDogs, the TimberWorks Lumberjack Show and the exciting Motorsport Mayhem shows. For those looking to update their landscaping, get spring cleaning tips, or their garden game, the Fair also hosts garden workshops for all those with a green thumb.

There are also plenty of ways to save money at the Fair. On Thursday, April 14th from 2pm until 10pm all kids 18 and under will receive free Spring Fair admission with a suggested non-perishable food donation for the Puyallup Food Bank. Kids 5 and under are always free at the fair. Also for all the brave men and women who are active, retired, reserve military or National Guard, their dependents, and disabled veterans with a valid military ID will be able to get into the Fair for free all day on Friday, April 15, 2016. Show ID at gate turnstile in order to get in for free. Also if you purchase online by April 13th you can save up to 25% per ticket. Also, group tickets with the minimum order of 25 tickets or more will give you an even deeper discount. The pre- fair discount price is $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for students ages 6-18. Regular price at the gate is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. Also parking is free in the official fair parking lots.

This year the Spring Fair is even bigger and better. There is something for everyone and it is way to make lasting memories with your family. For additional information regarding the fair, please use the following link, http://www.thefair.com/spring-fair and we hope to see you all there! Have a fun experience or a photo you want to share with us? Join this conversation – Tweet Us!

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Washington Sportsmen Show in Puyallup

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This weekend marks the start of the Washington Sportsmen Show in Puyallup at the Washington State Fair Events Center at the fairgrounds. This five day event is returning to the Northwest to showcase new attractions and exciting new products for men, women and children who have a passion for the outdoors. This event is the ultimate event for everyone of all ages interested in the outdoors and outdoor related activities and sports.

This outdoor showcase offers attendees great deals and values on fishing and hunting gear, clothing, camping, equipment, sport fishing boats, RV’s and much more. The top professional guides, outfitters and resort owners will be at the show to help you and your family plan the perfect outdoor adventure in the upcoming year. Northwest pro staffers will also be there to share their expertise in the big attractions that include “Yakima Bait Indoor River,” the “Cowboy Fast Draw” presented by Les Schwab, the “Tour of Northwest Big Game Animals” and the “Head & Horn” competition. The family friendly features include the “Camp Cooking Demo Tent” presented by Smokehouse Products, Camp Chef and Franz; the popular “Kid’s Free Trout Pond” presented by Baxter Auto Parts; and the Lowrance Learning Center. These events are specifically designed to teach kids about the exciting world of the outdoors.
The Washington Sportsmen Show in Puyallup is also excited to present wilderness survival and outdoor safety expert Brett Stoffel who will be at the show to share his knowledge about survival basics, signaling and equipment needs during multiple seminar theater presentations. This event is sponsored by Western Washington Toyota Dealers. If you want to meet Stoffel to ask any questions, he can be found at the Toyota display.

For the first time major Northwest retailer Bi-Mart is participating in the show with a major on-site sale of centerfire rifle, handgun and shotgun ammo. Also while supplies last, small count bricks (325-ct.) of .22’s will be available (limit two boxes per customer per transaction; purchaser must be 21 for this item). The Bi-Mart retail area will be located near the Head & Horns display, and will also feature optics and other products for sale.

One of the most popular events at the show returns again for the third year in a row. The “Cowboy Fast Draw” gives attendees the chance to experience the Old West under the supervision of Cal “Quick Cal” Eilrich, the 17-time Cowboy Fast Draw Association World Champion. This fun event focuses on safety, fun and prizes as people of all levels of experience can test out and learn in the indoor target range. The event provides Classic Colt 45 style six-guns, vintage holsters and special wax bullets.

The show has more than 150 hours of learning opportunities in multiple venues in both the fishing and hunting theaters. For fisherman the outdoor Fly Casting Pool and the Fly Tying Theater will host the best of the best in the industry. This year’s guests include fly fishing authorities Arnie Gidlow, Denny Rickards and Don Simonson, Tom Nelson (Catching Shrimp & Crab), Terry Rudnick (Washington Halibut Fishing in 2016), Mark Gavin (salmon fishing), and representatives from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. These talented individuals will be on hand to provide the latest advice and recommendations for fishing. Hunters will also be able to have the chance to learn the latest expert advice and tips in seminars by leading hunting and fishing authority Scott Haugen (multiple presentations), Glen Berry (Elk calls), Tim Brown (choosing guides and outfitters for domestic and international hunting), Dan Kloer (bear and elk calling), Nathan Brence (family hunting), R.J. Marquart (dog training) and Sam Kolb (planning for a hunt). There is something there for all levels of hunters and fisherman.

Due the massive amount of events, speakers, and topics featured at the show, please visit http://www.thesportshows.com/shows/washington/ for additional information about events and speakers at the show. Make sure to visit that link to plan your time appropriately while visiting the show.

Show hours are 12:00 noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday (Jan. 27-29), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. (Jan. 30) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 31). The show offers FREE parking in the fairgrounds’ parking lots during its five-day run for your convenience. Admission is $12 for adults; juniors (6-16), $5; and children five and under are admitted free. $18 two-day passes are also available. For information and online ticket purchases and discounts, please visit www.thesportshows.com.

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Puyallup Antique & Collectible Show

Puyallup Antique Show

For some people, there is nothing more exhilarating than treasure hunting through an antique store or collectible show and finding that perfect antique or vintage piece. There is such a rush as you search and pick through items from the past and finding that perfect addition to your home or maybe to resell and make some money is one of the best feelings for people who collect. People who collect antiques have a passion for it and spend hours researching and looking for that special treasure. Sometimes finding the right venue to search for antiques and collectibles can be difficult. For all of the collectors in the state of Washington, there is no better place to find some amazing antiques and collectibles than The Puyallup Antique & Collectible Show at the Sleep Country ShowPlex on January 23rd and the 24th.

The Puyallup Antique & Collectible Show offers a wide variety of vendors who offer quality antiques in the Northwest. The 20th semi-annual show features 400 booths at the Washington State Fair grounds in Puyallup. Whether you are a treasure hunter, a decorator, or a collector this show offers that best variety of antique and collectibles for all kinds of treasure hunters. The vendors at the show offer a wide variety of items that range from antique toys, furniture, vintage clothing, glassware, art, and much more.

The Puyallup Antique & Collectible Show is also one of the best shows to attend if you are an avid toy collector. Make sure to come by the show to look for wind-up mechanical toys, Star Wars collectibles, books, TV and movie memorabilia, and even antique toys from foreign countries. The fun part about collecting toys is that it brings such a sense of nostalgia to the collectors. Vintage and antique toy collecting is a fun activity and this show has one of the largest collection of collectible toys from the 1880’s to the 1960’s in the Northwest. For those people looking for some quality antique and vintage toys, make sure to come to the show bright and early because they are likely to sell very quickly!

For those people who are more of the classic collectors, the show offers gorgeous sterling silver pieces, Tiffany glass, paintings, restored vintage radios, and Native American artifacts. The classic collectors will love the wide variety of high value, classic antiques that will be perfect additions to a home or to resell. You will be hard pressed not to find a wonderful piece in the over 400 booths and hundred of vendors that come and make this show the largest antique show in the Northwest.

The Puyallup Antique & Collectible Show will also have expert appraisers on hand at the show in order to help people appraise their treasures. The market evaluations will be offered by ISA appraisers. These appraisers will at the show to help identify and evaluate show patrons individual pieces if they are brought into the show. It will be $5.00 per item to get the item appraised and you can bring in pictures of larger items instead of trying to get the item down to the show.

On Saturday the doors will open at 9am and close at 6pm and on Sunday from 10am until 5pm. The best access to the show is through the Blue Gate.

For more information and in order to buy tickets, please visit the following link, http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/americas-largest-antique-collectible-show

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Washington State Fair Oktoberfest 2015

Washington State Fair Oktoberfest Event

It’s coming are you ready? It’s German beer and fare time! Oktoberfest Northwest celebrates its 11th year with Washington’s Largest Munich-inspired Festhalle Biergarten, authentic entertainment, traditional German foods and beer, and fun games for all ages. I know I love the chicken dance and singing into the late night.

DATES: Fri – Sun, October 9-11
HOURS: Friday: Noon – Midnight, Saturday: 11am – Midnight, Sunday: 9:30am – 6pm
LOCATION: Washington State Fair Events Center, enter at Gold or Blue Gate
ADMISSION: Friday: FREE from noon to 3pm, Friday after 3pm & all day Saturday: $12, Sunday: $5 all day, Children 12 & under free all weekend

** Be safe don’t drink and drive. There will be a Taxi stand at the Fair’s Blue Gate during the event. They can meet you there and get you home safe. I’m sure the Puyallup Police Department will be standing by so don’t take the risk.
King Cab: (253) 474-8294
Ace Taxi: (253) 589-1000

How is the food?
At the event you can expect lots of grub to chow on. Of course you’ll see lots of brats and beer as well as pretzels, schnitzel, and strudel. There are other varieties of food including dumplings, cabbage, and sandwiches. Don’t forget all the desserts. For wine there will be Riesling, Melange Red, and Pinot Gris provided by the Waterbrook Winery. The Washington State Fair Oktoberfest 2015 beers will include Trumer Pils, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr Weisse, Snoqualmie Harvest Moon Fest Bier, and Warsteiner Dunkel.

Entertainment on site
It’s a big beer festival! There is dancing, singing, and bands. Engage and interact will all you other Puyallup neighbors who come to the event – it’s just fun. They have a main stage indoor and an outdoor stage as well. Don’t forget the Oktoberfest Swing Girl who is swing over your head during the event. The host and host headliner is Manuela Horn. She was there last year as well with great success. It that wasn’t enough you can watch the Wiener Dog Races where they dress up in their cute outfits (on Sunday only). There is a Hammerschlagen competition (who can pound the nails in the fastest?) as well as the obviously open ceremony and other games.

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Washington State Fair Rides & Fun!

Washington State Fair Rides & Fun

This Friday the 11th, the Washington State Fair will start again for another year. Each year is more exciting than the last. One of the main attractions of the Puyallup Fair is its rides. Washington State Fair rides are arguably one of the biggest perks of going to the Fair. It brings out the “kid” in all of us.  Every year they have all kinds of kid activities as well so it really is all ages.  In fact, if your kid is under 5, the Fair is free!

Growing up in Puyallup, I remember all the great rides. As a young child it’s all that really matter to me. I couldn’t wait until 11am when the rides started to actually get turned on so I could have some real fun. We also got to the Fair early so my Mother and Father could enjoy everything else the Fair offered – then it was my time. Unfortunately, my Father is no longer with me but it was one of my favorite moments with him. Being older now, I understand his frustration and will be forever grateful for his patience. He would literally wait for hours and hours in lines with me so I could get on the next ride. You just don’t appreciate it until you get older and understand it better.

The Fair is an exciting time of year! We have listed some of the most popular rides so you can prepare yourself for all the fun you’re about to have. Lets get started with all the Washington State Fair rides.

Merry-Go-Round
The Merry-Go-Round ride is the oldest ride at the Fair. It’s been operating at the Fair since 1923! If you’re a senior (62+), you can actually ride the Merry-Go-Round for FREE. This ride is a timeless antique so if you want a smooth ride give it a shot.

Classic White Wooden Roller Coaster
The wooden roller coaster has been one of the biggest attractions forever at the Fair. In fact, people all over the nation come to ride the iconic ride. It’s been with the Fair since 1935. The roller coaster has completed a 5 year renovation which will make sure the ride will continue operating the next 100 years. It’s one of 20 wooden roller coasters across the nation. This 55-foot ride is an amazing and popular ride.

Extreme Scream
Not for the faint of heart this ride will make grown men cry. You can see it from the freeway. It’s tall and will take you 20 stories in the air in a matter of seconds. As you stomach nearly leaves your body, you’ll hit nearly 3G’s.

Rainer Rush
This is the Washington State Fair’s newest roller coaster. It was started in 2013. If you’re ready to take on this ride, you’ll experience a 60 foot drop, prompt curves going 50 mph, while you hang on for the ride of your life. Not for the faint of hear but if you want to feel +5.8 gravity force, then take this ride head on and be ready to scream.

There you have it our top picks for rides at the Fair.

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Puyallup Fair Concerts 2015

Puyallup Fair Concerts 2015

The Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair) will be starting this weekend and for me personally, I love the concerts.  Over the years, I would say that I have attended 6 or so concerts in the grandstands.  It’s been a great time and they continue to bring big names to our small town.  I remember growing up even our family went together for a few.  If you’re familiar with the Fair concerts, you’ll see a few repeats each year but they are pretty good about their artist selections making sure there is always someone new.  Lets go through the concert list, dates, and history of all the concerts available for the 2015 year.

Sept. 11th & 12th 2015:

To start the Fair off right on Friday and Saturday night they will have their Dancin’ in the Dirt Parties.  Friday night at 9pm will feature Colt Ford.  If you’re not familiar with Colt Ford, he was born in Georgia.  He was professional golf player before focusing and hitting it big in his music career.  He was landed on the Hot Country Charts 6 times.  On Saturday night, Dan + Shay will be the artists.  They are country duo team out of Nashville, Tennessee.  They have been on the Hot Country Charts as well with 3 top singles in the top 40.

Sept 14th, 2015:

On Monday the Fair will feature “Weird Al” Yankovic.  Over the years, Weird Al Yankovic has been a popular and returning artist over the years. He is fun show and quite popular with over 12 million albums sold.  I would describe his music and concert experience as parody music, comedy, and polka.  You can’t go wrong with a Weird Al show.

Sept 15th, 2015:

On Tuesday you’ll have the opportunity to experience HEART and their Love Tour.  According to VH1, HEART is considered to be one of the top 100 greatest rock bands. In the US alone, they have sold over 22.5 million albums.  In 2013, they were inducted to The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.  Join sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson (HEART) for this exciting show which starts at 730pm.

Sept 16th, 2015:

On Wednesday night the fair will have Fifth Harmony in the house.  If you don’t know who Fifth Harmony is they are an all female group which was formed on the second season of the X Factor with Simon Cowell.  It was a very inspirational season watching the group get formed.  You can watch one of the segments below where they were fighting to make the cut on the show.

Sept 17th, 2015:

Thursday night the Puyallup Fair Concert Series will have the special guests Crystal Gayle & Lee Greenwood.  From Kentucky, Crystal Gayle is Loretta Lynn’s younger sister.  In 1977, Crystal Gayle’s single took off and catapulted her career. The single “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was a tremendous hit.  It reached #1 on the CashBox pop charts and got her a Grammy.  Lee Greenwood is a popular country artist as well.  He has had over 35 singles on the Billboard country music charts.  He was born in California.

Sept 18th, 2015:

Friday night at 7:30 the Fair will feature Terry Fator.  In 2007 he got his big break by winning the season 2 of Americas Got Talent show.  The win landed him an offer in Vegas as well as one of the highest paid comics just under Jerry Seinfeld in 2013.

Sept 19th, 2015:

Saturday is going to be a big night at the Fair.  Musician Keith Urban will be on the stage.  You’ve seen him on several seasons of American Idol now and his career only gets bigger and bigger.  This is the Rise ‘Em Up Tour.  Keith Urban is a 4-time Grammy award winner and one of the most popular country singers.  With more than 15 million albums sold Keith Urban has had a long list of #1 hits.

Sept 20th, 2015:

The Fair brings to the stage Chris Tomlin & TobyMac.  Chris Tomlin has a very successful career he has 12 #1 radio singles, a GRAMMY with 8 additional nominations, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, 5 gold and 2 platinum digital singles, and a platinum and 4 gold albums to his name.  He has 10 albums to his name including his last one, Burning Lights, which kicked off 2013 as a No. 1 album.  TobyMac has sold over 11 million albums and very popular in the Christian scene.  He has 5 Grammy awards to his name.

Sept 21st, 2015:

The legendary female artist Patti Labelle takes the Fair stage on Monday the 21st.  She will be joined by The Tacoma Symphony.  Patti Labelle is an icon in the music industry.  Some have named her the Godmother of Soul.  She has sold over 50 million albums and continues to entertain all her fans across the nation.  Patti Labelle was on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars as well.  Over her career, she has been on 17 music tours.

Sept 22nd, 2015:

On Tuesday the Fair will have Iggy Azalea on the main stage.  At the age of 16, she left Australia to take over the music industry in America.  Her #1 album “Fancy” really jumpstarted her popularity in the music industry.  The concerts starts on 7:30pm and doors open at 6:30pm.  The concert will also have special guests Tinashe & Elijah Blake.

Sept 23rd, 2015:

They are here finally in Puyallup.  Duran Duran will hit the stage on Wednesday night.  From Birmingham, England, we have heard all their great music including “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “RIO”, and “Girls on Film”.  The UK band has had 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Charts.  They have sold over an amazingly 120 million albums.

Sept 24th, 2015:

Jake Owen and special guest A Thousand Horses are coming to the Fair Thursday the 24th 2015.  Jake Owen always puts on a great show.  Days of Gold is Jake’s most recent album.

Sept 25th, 2015:

Friday night the 25th is going to be a blockbuster in Puyallup Washington.  The stage will include Kool & The Gang with special guest En Vogue.  Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide.  My favorite song of the band is “Jungle Boogie”.  The band has 7 American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, 9 Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums.  Kool & The Gang has been preforming regularly over the last 45 years.  En Vogue will be there as well included in the ticket price.  They are an all girl group which started in California in 1989.  They have sold over 20 million records worldwide.

Sept 26th, 2015:

The last two concert events at the Fair are expected to draw big crowds.  Both artist are huge names in the industry.  Jason Derulo will be on stage Saturday the 26th.  This superstar has sold over 45 million albums and has amassed over 1.5 billion views.  He has also been a guest judge on the show “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Sept 27th, 2015:

It’s the last night of the Fair so this finale show will be BIG!  Pitbull will be hitting the stage at 7:30pm.  Everyone knows Pitbull – he has sold millions of singles and regularly in Miami pumping the beats in the clubs. He is often at the New Years Eve’s celebrations so it will be great to see him closing down the Fair.

 

That is the schedule for all of the concerts being featured on the main stage at the Fair.  It’s going to be an exciting year this year for events at the Fair.  The Washington State Fair opens it’s doors this Friday the 11th.  See you there!

 

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Puyallup Fair is Heating Up!

Washington State Fair Puyallup

The (Puyallup Fair) Washington State Fair is the largest event held each year in the state of Washington. This fair repeatedly ranks as one of the top 10 fairs in the United States. The Washington State fair actually hosts 2 annual events: the 17 day each September Washington State Fair and the Spring Fair held 4 days every April.

History of the Name

In 2006, the fair was officially referred to as the “Western Washington Fair”. But during that year, this name was dropped and changed to match the more common usage. The name of the fairground was changed to “The Puyallup Fair and Events Center”. Finally in 2013 the fair was named the Washington State Fair.

100 Years

Over 10 decades ago, the Puyallup Valley community joined in order to start a “Valley Fair”. The fair offered a place to show animals of all types and it as well became a place to show crops which thrived in the valley’s rich land. Then, as now, people came from near and far to go to the Fair. The founders began the fair, yet it was the Fairgoers who made it the success it has become.

Some of the concert acts for the 2015 Washington State Fair were recently announced and once again. Reserved seating for concerts can be made online. Concert tickets include Washington State Fair gate admission which is a $12.50 value. Tickets are required for children who are 2 years age and older. Rates can change from year to year so make sure you verify these numbers and information on their website.

Fair E–Club

By joining the exclusive Fair E-Club you will get access to exclusive presale of concert tickets, letting you buy tickets before they are on sale to the public! Many of the concerts sell out fast so by signing up early you’ll get a just start.

Heart Concert 2015 fair

We already have news on the 2015 fair. Everyone just loves a really good “local finds success’’ story. Nancy and Ann Wilson, otherwise known as “Heart”, continue to extensively tour and play to houses that are packed everywhere they go. They will return home to the Puget Sound area this September. Last Monday afternoon, it was announced that Heart was the third 2015 Concert series show to be broadcasted by the Washington State Fair. There show will be at the fair’s stage on Tuesday Sept 15. Show’s kick- off will begin at 7:30. Party Pre-Show tickets are $32.50 but do not contain Fair gate or Concert admissions. At the party before the show, includes dinner, and drinks, plus activities and special prizes with Ann and Nancy Wilson.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm

Not many know that “Weird Al” Yankovic as a teen was an extremely shy, accordion – player. He got his start by sending homemade tapes to the “Dr. Demento Radio Show”. That was how he got his start to become one of the largest-selling comedy performers in history selling over 12 million. He is now in his 4th career decade, having earned 3 Grammys out of 14 nominations and countless other awards and tributes. He will be in concert at the Washington Fair on Sept. 14, 2015 starting at 7:30 pm. Weird All has been visiting our local fair for several years and it’s always a great time.

Keith Urban – Sept. 19, 2015 Monday 7:30pm

One of the music fields most exhilarating live performers, 4 times Grammy winner and judge on American Idol, Keith Urban, will bring his tour to the fair. Pre-Show Party tickets cost $32.50 but do not include Concert or Fair gate admission.

Born in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand and named ‘Keith Lionel’ Urban in 1967 Keith, his parents and brother moved to Brisbane, Queensland. They then moved to Caboolture, one hour north of Brisbane. At a young age Urban started playing instruments, including the guitar, drums, bass guitar, keyboard, ganjo (6 string banjo), piano and sitar. Keith Urban is also a judge on the television show American Idol. Local channel 13 Fox.

His musical career switched into high gear after he moved to Nashville in 1992. His first album in America was while he was a member of “The Ranch” in 1997, followed then by ever more hits with solo albums such as:

• Keith Urban 1999;
• Golden Road 2001;
• Be Here 2004;
• Love, Pain and the Wild Crazy Thing 2006;
• Defying Gravity 2009.

Hall of Fame

Last at the fair in 2013, Heart will come home as members of the most recent class inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Their recognition in Hall of Fame announces them as the first women to front for a hard rock band. They have been an encouragement to the female musicians everywhere who were once told that rocking was only for the boys. Information on when tickets go on sale will be posted as soon as possible.

Other concerts just announced for 2015 include:

Fifth Harmony and special guest Bea Miller. Wednesday, Sep 16 at 7:30pm, $28.00 – $55.00

Crystal Gayle & Lee Greenwood. Thursday, Sep 17 at 7:30pm, $28.00 – $45.00

Iggy Azalea and special guests Tinashe & Elijah Blake. Tuesday, Sep 22 at 7:30pm, $55.00 – $85.00

Duran Duran with special guest Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Wednesday, Sep 23 at 7:30pm, $60.00 – $100.00

Kool & the Gang plus En Vogue. Friday, Sep 25 at 7:30pm, $35.00 – $60.00

Jason Derulo. Saturday, Sep 26 at 7:30pm, $40.00 – $65.00

Pitbull. Sunday, Sep 27 at 7:30pm, $70.00 – $110.00

History of the Name

In 2006, the fair was officially referred to as the “Western Washington Fair”. But during that year, this name was dropped and changed to match the more common usage. The name of the fairground was changed to “The Puyallup Fair and Events Center”. Finally in 2013 the fair was named the Washington State Fair.

Concert tickets can be found online and at the Fair Box Office.