Costume Ideas for the Whole Family in Puyallup

It’s that wonderful time of year again! It’s time to start planning your Halloween costume. Time to get creative and come up with something unique and original to either scare, frighten or delight this Halloween. There is nothing better than themed costumes for the whole family. However, coming up with costumes for the entire family can be hard. Most families are busy and don’t have a lot of time or sometimes a lot of money to buy or create costumes. It can be difficult to create elaborate costumes for all the family members but never fear! Here is a list of the simplest group Halloween costumes that will be easy to put together and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Lions and Tigers and Bear Oh My Costume Puyallup

The Wizard of Oz is a classic movie that is loved by generations of people. One of the cutest ideas for a family themed Halloween costume is the “Lion, Tigers, and Bears Oh my!” concept. This costume idea is for a family of four. It is an easy and a super recognizable costume idea and there is nothing sweeter than dressing your young ones up as a lion and a tiger. Walmart carries both a lion and a tiger costume for infants. The parents can dress as the bear and the “Oh My!”. The “Oh My!” part of the costume can be as easy as making a shirt with the phrase “Oh My!” printed on the front. The bear part can also be easy by just wearing a hat with bear ears on it. The best part about this costume idea is seeing the children dressed up as cute little animals.

Shark Attack Costume Puyallup

Another favorite costume idea that is a combo of cute and frightening is “Shark Attack”. This costume idea is perfect for a family of three or four and requires a child’s shark costume, some board shorts, a surf shirt, a lifeguard shirt, some fake blood and a large piece of cardboard. If you have two kids, you can dress them both up as sharks while one parent can be dressed as the shark attack “victim” and the other parent can be dressed as a lifeguard. The Shark Attack Victim costume consists of the board shorts, surf shirt, flip-flops and bandages soaked with fake blood. Wrap the bandages around your head and your arm. Add some fake blood to you face and hair to add an extra touch. The large piece of cardboard is used to create a fake surfboard. This adorable idea is easy and a fun way to celebrate Halloween.

 Family Costume PuyallupInside Out by Pixar was an adorable family movie that tugged at the heartstrings of both the young and the old. This favorite movie amongst families has highly recognizable characters that make for easy Halloween costumes. For anyone that has seen the movie knows that each character represents an emotion and that emotion is signified by a specific color. The most popular characters in the movie are Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear. Each member of the family can pick their favorite character. For the character of Joy, you will need a blue short haired wig and a green dress. Sadness is easy as well. All you need is a long gray sweater turtleneck, a blue wig, some circular glasses and jeans. Disgust requires a green wig and a green A-line dress with green tights. The character of Anger requires red hair dye, a white shirt, brown suit pants, and a red patterned tie. Fear is a little more complicated. You will need some purple face paint, white face paint, a red bow tie, a blue oxford shirt, blue slacks, a houndstooth vest, and cardboard black curly cue to attach to the top of your head. Use the purple face paint to make your face purple and use the white face paint around your eyes. Make sure to make the white circles around the eyes larger in order to match the character. This fun idea for a family Halloween costume will be sure to amuse friends and family!

s'mores family costume puyallup One of the easiest, cheapest and tastiest family costume idea is the S’mores family. These cute costumes require very few items. To make the marshmallow part of the costume, you need two white throw pillows and some white strips of fabric. Sew the white strips of fabric on top of the pillows to create a clapboard. The Hersey’s bar part of the costume consists of a brown long shirt and some white fabric paint. Create your own Hershey’s stencil and use that to paint the word “Hersey” on a brown shirt. The graham cracker part of the costume is the easiest part of the whole getup. Cut out large squares of brown cardboard and use a black marker to mark dashes to create four squares. Use that same marker to mark small circles evenly in each section. One piece of the cardboard is for the front and another piece is for the back. You also create a clapboard with these two pieces by tapping some string between the two pieces. This simple yet effective costume idea is sure to impress others while out celebrating Halloween.

Rainbow Family Costume Puyallup Another creative yet simple family costume idea draws its inspiration from nature. A rainbow and cloud is a fun and colorful way to dress up for Halloween. There are many ways to create a rainbow but the easiest and quickest way to create a family rainbow is by dressing each member of the family in one solid color. For example, one member of the family wears red shoes, red sweats, and a red sweatshirt. The next member of the family dons the same outfit but orange this time. Each member of the family wears the exact same outfit but with all the colors of the rainbow. For the cloud portion of the costume, buy solid color beanies that correspond with the color of the rainbow and white cotton balls. Using a hot glue gun, glue the cotton balls in layers on the top of the beanie to create the cloud. This costume idea takes very little effort and is perfect for a cold fall evening.

Dressing up as a family is a fun way to celebrate Halloween. It makes for an Instagram worthy photo op and is a great way to bond as a family. Dressing up together doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. The ideas listed above are easy for anyone to put together and do not cost a lot of money. We would love to hear what the families in Puyallup are doing this year for Halloween. Tweet us your ideas or pictures for your favorite group costume!trick-or-treat-halloween-Puyallup

 

Wildwood Park in Puyallup

Wildwood Park contains 80 lush acres, 55 of which are naturally forested. Located in South Hill, this park offers a private atmosphere and escape from the suburbs. There is plenty of space to spread out and explore the grounds. Read below to learn what amenities this park offers and plan your trip to Wildwood Park! With so many things to do in the community, this park should make the list.

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Playground Your kids will love playing on the toy structures surrounded by lush greenery. There are two play structures and a small creek that runs along the side. If your kids like to climb and splash around, they will have fun getting down in the dirt. The main playground at this park is mother nature. Your kids can enjoy exploring plant life, small creatures, and feeling like they are junior explorers.

Ballfields and Picnic Shelters There are two baseball fields used by youth league teams, friendly games, fastpitch, and more. There is parking near the field, and the restrooms are located nearby. Picnic Shelters are also a feature of this park.  The calm and quiet environment of the park is ideal for hosting an event. People use the shelters for BBQs, birthday parties, retirement celebrations, and more. For information on picnic shelter and ball field reservations, call the Puyallup Recreation Center at 253-841-5457.

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Exercise Trails The Jim Martinson Exercise Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and is accessible year-round. If you are looking for a  workout, a few loops of this trail is a good physical challenge. Dogs can use this trail but must be kept on a leash. Along with the exercise trail, walking paths run through the park used by walkers, runners, and bikers. Wildwood Park is at 1101 23rd Ave. E Puyallup, WA 98373

Puyallup Events (Oct 17 2016)

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Check out what is happening in Puyallup this week!

1. Storytime Did you miss storytime last Friday? Well, you’re in luck because you can go this Friday! Reading is a great activity, and you can never start reading with your kids too early. Come downtown to the local public library for storytime.  Preschool Stories are available for children 3 to 5 years old on Fridays from 10-11 AM. Toddler Treasures are available for children 1 to 3 years old on Fridays from 11:15-11:45 am

2. Just Between Friends Fall Sale Are you a bargain shopper? Do you enjoy saving money and getting good deals? Then come check out the Just Between Friends Fall Sale at the fair.  You will find clothing for infants-teens, toys, furniture, baby gear, shoes, books and more! Military, first-time parents and foster/adoptive parents can pre-register. Click here for contact information

3. Crossroads Doll and Teddy Bear Show Are you a fan or collector of dolls and teddy bears? The largest doll and teddy bear event in the Northwest is taking place at the Washington State Fair this weekend! You will find antiques, miniatures, doll making supplies, accessories and furniture. The main attraction: dolls and teddy bears from antique to modern and a selection of acclaimed artists.

4. Mickey Fay’s Northwest Extreme Flat Track Racking Indoor short track racing, motorcycles, and quads at the Washington State Fair this weekend! Enter through the Green Gate and make your way to the Paulhamus Arena. The event is taking place Sunday the 23rd from 5-10pm. Admission is $10 and kids ages 6 and under are free. The Mickey Fay’s race is sure to be an entertaining and thrilling evening for all ages.

5. Free Yard Waste Composting Class Are you trying to be more environmentally friendly? This week, learn how to recycle your yard debris materials into rich, organic compost. Pierce County is offering a free yard waste compost class from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, October 19th at WSU Extension Puyallup. Click here to register.

6. Northwest Winter Pigeon Classic ‘Devoted to the breeding and raising of pigeons for pleasure and the promotion of fellowship among the pigeon fraternity in general,’ the Puget Sound Pigeon Club is gathering at the Washington State Fair this weekend. This event takes place Saturday, October 22nd, in the AgriPlex, 8am – 6pm, admission is free  

Spooky, Delicious and Easy Halloween Treats

One of the best parts of Halloween are all the delicious goodies that get consumed during this month. Although there are a lot of appetizing Halloween treats for sale in the store, sometimes there is nothing better than a homemade delicacy. Most of us are too busy to bake or think that most recipes are just too complicated. For everyone looking for simple yet fun treats to make this Halloween, look no further. Below is a list of enjoyable yet easy recipes that will delight both young and old on this all Hallows’ Eve!

There is nothing more sinister than the apple thanks to the Evil Queen. Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the traditional candied apple. Instead of a boring, old caramel covered apple, why not spice it up with a twist. The “Poison” Apple is a black candied apple. Not only is it delicious but it also makes a great Halloween decoration. This recipe only requires 5 ingredients and is only 4 steps!

  • Wash and dry 12 apples and then place them on a baking sheet. Poke a hole in the middle of the apple with candy apple stick or use twigs painted black for a spooky twist. Line a second sheet with a buttered parchment paper.
  • Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add 1 ½ cup of sugar, ¾ cups of water and ½ cup light corn syrup. Place over medium heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard crack mark at 310 degrees Fahrenheit and the remove pan from heat.
  • Remove the thermometer and add the black food coloring. Swirl the food coloring in the pan until the color is completely black. Twirl the apple in the candy and then shake off the excess. Place the apple to dry on the buttered sheet and repeat!

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Marshmallows just aren’t for the campfire, they can also be used to make a scrumptious Halloween treat. This is another recipe that only requires a few ingredients and is super easy to make. All you need is 12 giant marshmallows, a bag of 10-ounce candy melts and some assorted Halloween colored sprinkles.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Insert a lollipop stick into a giant marshmallow; find some Halloween themed lollipop sticks here.
  • Melt candy melts according to the directions on the package.
  • Once the candy has melted, spoon the candy melt over the sides of the marshmallows and allow the excess to drip back into the bowl. Dip marshmallows into the candy. Coat with festive sprinkles before the candy melt dries.
  • Place marshmallow on a baking sheet until dry. Repeat with every marshmallow.

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What would fall be without a delicious pumpkin flavored treat? As the pumpkin spice lattes take over, making a pumpkin spice flavored Halloween dish is sure to be a hit at any party. It is a known fact that Rice Krispie treats are the easiest dessert on the planet to make and adding pumpkin makes it an easy delicious fall version of a classic. For this recipe, you need the classic Rice Krispie ingredients plus some canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

  • Grease a pan with butter.
  • Cook 4 tbsp butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter melts and becomes a golden brown, add ¼ cup of canned pumpkin and 10 ounces of marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted.
  • Add ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, ½ tsp of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  • Stir in 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal.
  • Once everything has been stirred together, press the mixture evenly into the greased pan and let cool at room temperature.
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Leftover Halloween candy is tasty by itself but when combined with other Halloween candy it becomes a delectable smorgasbord of deliciousness. Halloween Candy Bark is a super easy way to use all that leftover Halloween Candy. This easy recipe is also a fun activity to do with your kids. Your kids can get creative with decorating the candy bark. All you need is 3 cups of bittersweet chocolate chips and 2 cups of chopped up Halloween candy. To add an extra creative touch to the candy, add sugar candy eyeballs. You can purchase them here. This recipe takes 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler in the microwave and stir until smooth.
  • Carefully pour the melted chocolate on the parchment paper and spread it evenly using a spatula.
  • Sprinkle the chopped up candy on top and carefully place the candy eyeballs throughout the chocolate.
  • Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and let cool for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the bark from the refrigerator and place it on a cutting board. Cut bark into smaller pieces.

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Halloween sweets are great but now it’s time for a little adult fun with the Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake. Not only is it delicious but it’s a great way for those over the age of 21 to celebrate Halloween. The Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake is the perfect way to get into the mood for the Halloween. This recipe requires a few more ingredients. You will need 2 cups of Vanilla ice cream, ½ cups of milk, ¼ cup cream, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2/3 cup of pureed pumpkin, ½ tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1/3 cup of crushed graham crackers, a pinch of cinnamon, 2-3 ounces of bourbon, Halloween colored sprinkles and frosting for the rim of a Mason jar and whipped cream to top it all off.

  • Add all the ingredients except the frosting and the sprinkles into a blender and blend until everything is mixed together.
  • Rim mason jars lightly with frosting and dip the rims into the sprinkles.
  • Pour the milkshake into the mason jar and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Top with a dollop of whip cream and enjoy!

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Continuing on with the adult theme of delicious Halloween themed cocktails, a favorite at any party is sure to be the Bloody Brain Shooter. This yummy and unique take on a Halloween shot will both delight and disturb your guests. This shot is another fun way to celebrate with friends and family on Halloween. The recipe does not require a lot of ingredients but can be slightly tricky to make especially the brain part. The recipe calls for the following ingredients: 1 ¼ ounces of Strawberry vodka, 1/8 ounce of Lime juice, ¾ ounce of Bailey’s Irish Cream and a splash of grenadine. These ingredients yield one shot.

  • Chill vodka beforehand in order to ensure smoothness.
  • Add the vodka and the lime juice to a shaker and vigorously shake. Pour mixture into a shot glass.
  • Dip a straw into some Bailey’s Irish Cream and then cover the top tip of the straw in order to hold the Bailey’s in the straw.
  • Submerge the straw tip into the shot glass and slowly release your finger from the top.
  • The Bailey’s will curdle in the shot and create a strand effect, which will look like a brain.
  • Pour a splash of grenadine over the “brain” to create the appearance of blood.

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When planning a Halloween party, your desserts don’t have to be elaborate or complex. The best treats are sometimes the simplest to make. Halloween is the most sugarcoated time of the year and the best way to celebrate is by making delicious treats and drinks. These simple recipes are sure to be a hit with both adults and children. We would love to hear your favorite Halloween recipes. Tweet us to let us know how you like to celebrate Halloween!

 

Haunted Houses Around Puyallup

Haunted Houses nearby Puyallup

Fall is a spooky time of year, with misty mornings and darker days, the spirit of Halloween creeps in. If you are someone who enjoys a good scare and thrill, this time of the year has traditions to get your pulse racing and adrenaline pumping. Haunted Houses are one way to test how well you do in the face of fear and danger. Many haunted houses are just a short drive outside of Puyallup. Do you have what it take to make it through these eerie and unsettling haunted houses? Are you brave enough? Check out where you can test these theories below.

Hell’s Gateway Haunted House

This Haunted House is located in Tacoma. They offer a range of different experiences based on age and scare factor.  Admission starts at $15. Click here to learn about the different pricing and event options. Are you brave enough to participate in the terrifying experience of REAL FEAR for 18 years and up?

Haunted Woods- Maris Farms

The Haunted Woods is a 35-minute harrowing journey through the corn with emotional roller coaster thrills through the forest. The tour of terror begins its 11th season Oct. 1st and continues each Friday & Saturday night. General admission starts at $25.  For an outdoor Halloween adventure, these Haunted Woods will give you a run for your money. Click here for more information about pricing, rules, and schedules.

Halloween Hellmouth 

Located in Lakewood, the name of this Haunted House should give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into, it’s not for the easily scared. Check out their videos to see if you can handle what awaits you at Halloween Hellmouth. Learning about the haunted history of Hellmouth might entice you to come to the haunted houses.

Fright Factory

This Haunted House is located in rural Buckley, far from anyone who could help you…. Admission is $12, and most of the event takes place indoors. For a preview of what to expect, check out the video below.  If you bring a canned food donation for the local food bank, you will receive a dollar off the general admission price. They also have food and beverage vendors on site along with parking. If you are ready for a scary and frightening Halloween experience, The Fright Factory should be one of your stops this weekend.

 

 

Before you go out, make sure you make some Halloween Treats! That way you’ll have some treats when you get back.

Activities This Week in Puyallup (Oct 10 2016)

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A new week ushers in new activities and events in the Puyallup community. Check out what is happening downtown this week.

Seattle Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo If you like creatures with scales and exotic animals, then this is the show for you! Learn how to care for your reptile and check out the variety of animals that are on display at this expo. This event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday and is in the Expo Hall (enter at the Gold Gate at The Fair). For more information head to http://www.beanfarm.com/nwcbe/

Storytime Reading is a great activity, and you can never start reading with your kids too early. Come downtown to the local public library for storytime.  Preschool Stories are available for children 3 to 5 years old on Fridays from 10-11 AM. Toddler Treasures are available for children 1 to 3 years old on Fridays from 11:15-11:45 am

Puyallup Farmer’s Market The Farmers Market is heading toward the end of its season. Make sure you get downtown this weekend to enjoy it. Pick up fresh produce, bakery treats, and fresh flowers. Bring your dog if you want a buddy to walk around the market with or let your children play in the park after you have gone through all the different vendors and activities. The market takes place on Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in Pioneer Park.
 
Washington Snowmobile EXPO Winter is just around the corner. In Washington; we love our outdoor winter activities. The Washington State Fair is the place to be this weekend for the snowmobile enthusiast! Check out new snowmobiles, clothing, accessories, learn about the best places to go, safety, tools, swap meets, and more!  Free workshops Saturday 12–5pm. For more information head to http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/washington-snowmobile-expo-swap-meet
 
Sundays with the Mayor Do you enjoy conversation and ice cream? Come downtown to the Puyallup Activity Center on Friday, October 13th from 11-12pm to attend Sundays with the Mayor.

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!

Puyallup’s Pumpkin Patches

pumpkin-sunsetFall is officially in full swing, and that means it’s time for autumn festivities. Pumpkin spice lattes are on the menu, Halloween costumes are on the mind, and people are excited to visit local pumpkin patches.

The Puyallup community has a handful of local farms to explore. Search for your perfect pumpkin and take it home to carve a masterpiece.

Picha’s Farm is a great place to get the full pumpkin patch experience. They have a 7-acre interactive corn maze, a slingshot that will muster up a friendly competition, a tractor ride, snacks and drinks for purchase, and a large field to pick your pumpkin. The staff is extremely friendly. Don’t forget to wear rain boots or shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy!

Spooners Farm is another great pumpkin patch in the community. Spooners have been around since 1882, so they know how to run an impressive Harvest Festival. You will enjoy spending time in their fields full of pumpkins. Once you have found one, you can check out the farm animals, test your navigational skills in the corn maze, take a hayride, or get a snack to refuel; they offer a selection of favorite seasonal foods like caramel apples, roasted corn, and apple cider.

Scholtz Farm offers a more intimate setting to pick a pumpkin. The farm is smaller in comparison to other local patches, but no less enjoyable. If you don’t want to deal with finding parking and crowds, Scholtz is a great option. It has a great pumpkin patch, friendly staff, and a family feel to it. The farm is technically located in Orting but is a quick drive from Puyallup.

Double R Farms, located on River Road in between Puyallup and Tacoma, offers a family-fun pumpkin patch experience. Explore the 5-acre corn maze, check out the animals, and find your pumpkin. Concessions go on sale starting the 2nd weekend of October. There is a free tractor ride pull, and kids can try a slingshot for free. You will enjoy this inexpensive and fun patch for a family day out.

Living in Puyallup means that you are just a short drive away from making fall memories at the local pumpkin patch. With so many great places to chose from, you might be making multiple trips this fall. Why not give a few of them a try? You won’t be disappointed!

 

This Week in Puyallup

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In Puyallup, you can go to Oktoberfest, support a fundraiser while enjoying delicious pancakes, and attend an art gallery all in the same week. There are a variety of activities happening in the community, and Puyallup is a great place to live because there is something for every age and stage of life. With the fair over for the season, there is plenty to keep busy. Check out the events below to see how you can get involved in the community this week:

  • Get to the farmers market this Saturday, October 8th, before it closes for the season. It is scheduled to close mid-October.
  • Oktoberfest is at the fair this weekend. Grab a beer and enjoy this German tradition (October 7th-9th)
  • The Western and Wildlife Show is at the Washington State Fair this weekend. Click here to find more information on this event (October 7th-9th)
  • Family Bingo Night is from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at the Puyallup Activity Center, enjoy a family fun night out (October 7th)
  • Many pumpkin patches are open for the harvest season. Check them out!
  • The Miracle Maker’s Breakfast, St. Francis House Fundraise is at Bethany Baptist Church, Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 am (October 5th)
  • “Run with Heroes in Your Neighborhood” Step by Step 5k at VanLierop Bulb Farms from 8:30-10:00 am on Saturday (October 8th)
  • Cider Squeeze, Meeker Mansion, 10am-4pm (October 8th)
  • City Gallery- Artist Reception: Paul Marsh Photography, 6:00pm, City Hall, 5th Floor
  • Teen Anime Club: One Punch Man, 3-5pm, Puyallup Public Library (October 5th)
  • Visit one of Puyallup’s local trails for a hike or bike ride.

With all these different activities, how are you going to spend your time this week? We hope you get out and explore all that this town has to offer. Stay tuned for weekly updates about what is going on in the Puyallup community!

Local Trails

People in the Pacific Northwest love spending time in the great outdoors. Our lush and temperant climate lends itself to being outside without intense heat or cold. Even in the middle of the rainy winter, you can find us outside in waterproof jackets chasing adventure. Trails are extremely accessible in the Puyallup community. They keep people active and are a safe way to be outside without worrying about traffic or cars. Check out the trails below to inspire your next trail visit.

Clarks Creek Trail

Clarks Creek is a 4.2 mile out and back trail that features a river and is suitable for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, biking, and jogging and can be used year-round. Dog walkers are often on the trail, make sure you bring a leash for your furry friend.

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FootHills Trail

This 25-mile-long trail is a traditional route and recreational destination. The view of Mt. Rainer near Orting is hard to beat. The Foothills Trail is a 12-foot wide asphalt trail. Bicycles, walking, in-line skates and wheel chairs are used on the trail (there is also a soft shoulder path for equestrians). This trail is used by all ages and abilities, from new bike riders to experienced cyclists. To read more about what this trail offers, click here.

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Jim Martinson Exercise Trail

The Jim Martinson Exercise Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located in a forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and is accessible year-round. If you are looking for a good workout, a few loops of this trail is a good physical challenge. Dogs can use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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Nathan Champman Memorial Trail

This paved trail system is about 1.6 miles long and surrounded by trees, human-made wetlands, and lush scenery. The trail is named in honor of Sergeant Nathan Chapman, a Green Beret and Puyallup resident who was the first U.S. soldier killed by enemy fire in 2002 in Afghanistan.

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Swan Creek Park Trail

Swan Creek Park is a 290-acre greenspace nestled on the boundary between East Tacoma and Pierce. It is a beautiful park and features a mountain biking trail. If you are a bit of an adrenaline seeker, grab your bike and hit this trail.

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Whether you are just looking for something moderate like a walk along the river or maybe you, want to get a bit more of a workout in, now it’s time for you to get outside and explore the different trails within the community


Winter Weddings in Puyallup

winter-wedding-ideas-bridal-musings-wedding-blogThe summer wedding season has come and gone but the winter wedding season is just starting to heat up. As the summer fades into the fall, now is the perfect time to start planning a gorgeous winter wedding in the city of Puyallup. Most people opt for a summer wedding because they think it is more picturesque than a winter wedding but with the right touches, a winter wedding can be tastefully dramatic and gorgeous. With the right combination of the proper venue and some updated wedding trends, the City of Puyallup offers some fantastic and affordable indoor venues along with amazing vendors to help make your winter wedding a lovely affair sure to be remembered for years to come.

This winter wedding season sees a shift in wedding trends towards the classic and the formal. People are forgoing the old winter wedding standbys and opting for formal elegance and simplicity. Gone are the traditional reds and greens and pinecones for decorations. When it comes to choosing colors and
decorations for a winter wedding, adopting a less is more attitude goes a long way towards achieving that glamorous look. Substituting white and silver accents throughout the wedding creates an elegant ambiance and sets the scene for a winter wedding. Using full white flowers like Hydrangeas and Ranunculus make for beautiful bouquets. Stepping outside the box with a unique choice of flowers helps to add an individual touch to a winter wedding. Silver accents are easy to add and it can be as simple as using silver crystals on your centerpieces and silver jewelry for the bride and the bridesmaids.

When it comes to food and drinks for a winter wedding, opting for warm food and drinks helps to keep your guests toasty on those colder nights. Instead of boring plain hot chocolate, get creative and add some peppermint schnapps or Kahlua with some silver sprinkles on top. Or instead of regular hot chocolate, use white hot chocolate in order to keep with the white winter theme. Or create a signature wedding cocktail by using homemade Candy Cane Infused Vodka. Giving a unique twist to winter cocktails gives your guests a surprise treat to look forward to while celebrating. For the meal, comfort food makes for a delightful feast at a winter wedding. Opening with a warm soup like a curried butternut squash soup accompanied with a winter salad with cranberries and walnuts will help set the stage for an opulent main course like prime cuts of beef like filet mignon or venison and pheasant. Because winter weddings are more formal, the meal that accompanies a winter wedding must be more formal in nature. When it comes to desert, think out of the box with a with a spice cake with caramel frosting or a white cake with a cranberry buttercream frosting. Utilize your cake as a decorative piece by using silver edible dust or keep it classically simple with an all-white cake decorated with white and deep red English Cabbage Roses. Once again, remember less is more and it goes a long way when it comes to setting the tone for an elegant wedding.

Indoor venues are a must when it comes to a winter wedding. Finding the right venue for your wedding is key to creating the perfect setting, Puyallup not only offers gorgeous indoor venues but they are also affordable to boot. One of the city’s favorite venues is the Liberty Theater located at 116 West Main in Downtown Puyallup. This gorgeous northwest venue has been a historic landmark for over 80 years. The original chairs have been removed from the theater floor to create space for up to 250 guests. This historic ballroom has a beautiful stage that sets the tone for an elegant affair. The original architecture creates the perfect background for your wedding photos. Another popular, affordable indoor venue is the Washington State Fairgrounds. Whether you wish to have a rustic elegant winter affair or a grand winter wonderland soiree, the fairgrounds has it all to help fulfill all your wedding needs. They have four different options weddingpage_fairfarmfor venues on the fairgrounds. The first venue is the Fair Farm, which is a rustic barn complete with open beam ceilings, shuttered windows, and grand chandeliers. This heated indoor venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. The Fair View Club is an elegant indoor space that is perfect for intimate weddings for up to 150 guests. This venue features gorgeous millwork, a cozy stone fireplace perfect for warming your guests on a cold night, and large windows that allow your guests a perfect picturesque view of the fairgrounds. The Expo Hall is located just inside the Gold gate on the Washington State fairgrounds and provides a venue for up to 800 guests. The Pavilion is the largest rental space on the grounds and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Regardless of the size of your winter wedding, the Washington State Fair has something for every couple looking to get married.

Winter weddings are getting a glamorous update this season. For those looking to plan a wedding during the cold winter months, classic decor is on trend for this year. Elegant, formal affairs are the perfect way to celebrate your nuptials and Puyallup has a lot to offer in the way of both venues and vendors. Let us know your winter wedding ideas on the Puyallup Twitter!

Bradley Lake Park

Bradley Lake Park located in South Hill is well used and loved by its community members, and for good reason. The Park features:

  • Baseball / Softball
  • Baseball / Softball Diamond
  • Fishing
  • Lake
  • Picnic Areas
  • Trails
  • Walking Track
  • Playground

The baseball/softball fields host games and practices. From t-ball to a company outing, the fields are used by many community members. Families and friends come out to watch the game.

Ultimate Frisbee teams, dogs playing fetch, soccer games, and flag football are familiar scenes observed on the large green field. During the summers movie nights in the park are located in this area. The rainy climate keeps the grass green and fresh year-round. It’s also a great place to grab a blanket and have a picnic.

There are a couple of spots to fish around the lake. Grab your fishing pole and bait and see what you can catch. Many people enjoy setting up a little place to fish and enjoy the atmosphere. For more information about fish, the lake, and fishing conditions click here.

It is approximately a .62 mile walk around the perimeter of the Lake. You will find joggers, rollerbladers, and bikers of all ages enjoying the track. Around the walking track, you will spot some walking trails that lead off the path into the forest. If you want to explore the woods surrounding the park you can explore the trails. Bradley Lake is extremely dog-friendly, and a furry friend might greet you during your visit.

The Picnic Area is used for events like birthdays, celebrations, and work events. The covered shelter is available for rental.  Click here to find a picnic shelter rental application form. This covered area is ideal for those unexpected rain showers.

The Playground is a perfect place to take your kids. There are two separate playing areas, one for younger kids and one for just a little bit older. There are swings, slides, monkey bars, and a variety of structures to keep your children busy! The play structures have a soft ground to soften falls.

Several drinking fountains and restrooms are available for public use.  There is a parking lot attached to the park, one across the street, and street parking.

Whether you are just going to take the dog for a walk, celebrating a birthday, or just want a nice path to walk on, you will not regret spending some time in the great outdoors at Bradley Lake Park.

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Fishing in Puyallup, Washington

puyallup_riverOne of the best activities during the fall in Puyallup is fishing. The Puyallup River is a scenic river that meanders through the city and offers many different areas to spend a relaxing day fishing. The Puyallup River is a 45 mile stretch of fresh water that runs into the Puget Sound a little north of Tacoma. This beautiful river is regularly stocked with varieties of Salmon and is also a historical spawning ground for all different kinds of Salmon and Steelhead. With the summer melting into fall, there is no better time to fishing gear out and catch some fish!

Before gearing up and getting out there, Washington State requires that you get a fishing license. Washington State law requires different licenses for fresh or saltwater fishing. You can get a license that covers both so you are able to fish in both salt and fresh water without consequences. When you are fishing for salmon and steelhead, you will need an additional endorsement. These two types of fish can be caught in both fresh and salt water at different times of the year so make sure that you have the proper license for where and what you are fishing. It is recommended that you should purchase a combo license along with the special endorsement. There are year-long licenses along with one to five day passes depending on when you want to fish. Another issue to be aware of is that the Puyallup Indians have fishing rights to the river by the Treaty of Medicine Creek. Take the time to become familiar with the information provided by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and be aware of any updates on their website.

Fall fishing in Puyallup sees some of the best fishing of the whole year. September starts off the season with one of the best months to catch Coho Salmon in the saltwater areas just past the mouth of the Puyallup River. The Chinook Salmon start heading up the river in September however by October the Chinook are pretty much gone. Sometimes in November you might be able to catch some Blackmouth Salmon near the mouth of the river. The fall sees so many different options when it comes to fishing, so most fishermen and women consider it the best fishing season of the year. The best time of day to go fishing in the fall is in the afternoon and early evening. The water is warm because the sun is directly overhead and the fish start to come up near the surface. Also, the fish begin to put on weight for winter during this season so you can usually catch a bigger fish.

When looking for a place to fish along the Puyallup River, it is important to consult a river guide because different times of year can see good fishing in different locations. The website, http://www.northwestfishingreports.com, offers a search function along with reports with descriptions so fishermen and women can get a comprehensive idea of the river and fishing conditions. Keep in mind the best time of day to go fishing is either the early morning or in the evening. In general, on really hot days the fish will move to deeper waters to stay cool and comfortable. Make sure the temperature has been stable for at least a few days. Warm fronts cause surface water temperatures to increase thus causing a feeding frenzy for the fish. Fish are very keenly aware of changing weather patterns and will increase their feeding during the hours before a cold front. Water flow is also an important factor. When the river water level rises, the water runs faster and the fish try to hunker down in a stable area. Checking conditions before you go will ensure a successful fishing trip.

There are many access points for Puyallup River in the city. Most anglers fish for pink salmon at the lower part of the Puyallup River from 11th Avenue Bridge and upstream to the East Main Avenue and from the mouth of the White River. They can also fish for Pink Salmon on the Carbon River at numerous locations along the Foothills Trail. Also, McCutcheon Road provides plenty of access points to fish for steelhead and salmon. There is also a public access point is on the left side of 162 and 116th street. Make sure to be aware and respectful of other people who are also fishing on the river.

Puyallup residents are fortunate to have a beautiful, scenic river that flows through the city and provides the people of the city a relaxing area to fish. There are many access points along the river that are easy to get to and easy to find parking. Most people fishing for Steelhead are successful when fishing on the Puyallup River. Fall fishing is some of the best fishing of the year so make sure to get out there while the weather is still good. If you have any favorite fishing spots, share them with us on Twitter!

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.

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

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.

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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.

 

Swimming Pools, Splash Park and Lessons in Puyallup

With summer starting to wind down in Washington, it’s never too late to start taking the kids to swim at the local pool or Sprayground. Luckily, for the residents in the Puyallup area, there are plenty of pools and a sprayground to keep the kids entertained. Fortunately, the sunny days last until the end of September around here and even after the sun is gone and we start to transition into the colder days, taking indoor swimming lessons is always a good idea. Kids of all ages should be taking swim lessons to not only help teach them water safety but to also help them stay active when the weather starts to get worse.

A few years ago, due to overwhelming community support, Puyallup’s Pioneer Park got a new splash pad to replace the old wading pool. After all the support from the community and seeing how popular pioneer-spray-parkthe Tacoma spray parks had become, the Puyallup city council decided it was time to transfer funds to the Parks and Recreation capitol improvements project for the design and installation of the splash park. The Kiwanis Kids Spray Park is one of the South Sound’s newest spray parks and Puyallup’s first. This splash park is open from 10am until 8pm and is located at 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup by the downtown Library. The spray park has all kinds of fun features with water not only being sprayed up from the ground but also dumped from above by cool water installations.

The Mel Korum YMCA located at 302 43rd Ave. SE in Puyallup offers swim lessons and water safety programs for all ages. There are early youth, preschool, youth, teen and adult swim lessons. They also have private swim lessons for people who need more one on one coaching when it comes to swimming. Early youth swim lessons are for children from 6 months old up to 36 months and the instructor works with the parent and child on basic water skills that include paddling, sitting on the pool edge, floating, basic swimming skills, blowing bubbles, and being able to swim unassisted. Preschool swim lessons are for children ages 3 to 5 and these lessons build on basic swimming and water safety skills. The lessons progress to teaching children the different swimming strokes like the front crawl and backstroke. Youth lessons are for children ages 6 through 11 years old. These lessons focus on teaching endurance and perfecting all the basic arm strokes and eventually lead up to teaching competitive swim practices and junior lifeguarding skills. Teen swim lessons, for kids ages 12 to 14, are divided into two separate classes, Teen Swim 1 and Teen Swim 2. Teen Swim 1 is a beginner class that works with smaller groups on swim skills and team building. The skills include the elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke. Teen Swim 2 is an intermediate level class that builds on all the skills learned in Swim Teen 1 but with the addition of learning the breaststroke and the butterfly. The Mel Korum YMCA also provides Adult Swim lessons for anyone ages 15 years and up. For those people interested in water safety, the YMCA provides a Lifeguard Certification program.

The Puyallup High School pool is also available to the public. There is a lifeguard on duty along with showers 1467726200195and locker rooms that are provided for day use. Activities at this pool include lap swimming, water exercise, swim school and physical therapy. The pool also has equipment like kick boards, pace clocks, pulling gear, backstroke flags, and lane lines available for use. The Puyallup High School Pool also offers Life Guard Training classes. The pool is heated and has 6 lanes total and is open year round. General admission is $3.75 and senior admission is $3.50. The pool is located on the corner of 6th ST SW and W Main Ave on the backside of the gym building.

Teaching your children how to swim is an important skill to learn. In Puyallup we are lucky to not only live close to the ocean but also close to a few different lakes. Water safety and swim lessons help prevent drowning and help people to understand the dangers in the water. These programs are designed to also make swimming and water safety fun and enjoyable. Swimming is excellent exercise and provides a fun way to cool off during the hot summer days. Make sure to check out both these pools and splash park in Pioneer Park for a fun family orientated activity.

Kiwanis Kids Spray Park

Fair Food

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When you enter the fair, your senses will awake, particularly your sense of smell. The combination of sweet, savory, salty, and greasy will surround you. Below you will find a sampling of favorite foods at the fair.

Elephant Ear 

The elephant ear is a delectable light, fluffy dough covered in sugar and cinnamon- what’s not to love?  Elephant ears are devoured by attendees every year. They are a decent sized, but somehow seem to disappear quickly…

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Scones

You can buy scones inside or outside the fair. I have stood in line for well over 40 minutes to pick up a bag of these scrumptious treats. The delicious jam sandwiched between two fluffy scone pieces is something I look forward to every fall. I buy the bags by the dozen and heat them up for breakfast.

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Caramel Apples

A fair classic. The combination of sweet caramel and sour apple that is delectable. Those with braces might want to avoid this chewy treat. Everyone else should get in line to enjoy one. I always buy classic caramel apples. They also come covered in graham crackers, chocolate, and sprinkles.

Caramel apples

 Earthquake Burger

You can smell the grill from the moment you enter the fair gates. The earthquake burger is impressive in size and presentation. Burger lovers of all kind attempt to finish this masterpiece.

The Earthquake Burger at the Puyallup Fair 2013.

Cotton Candy

This sugary fluff always keeps us coming back for more. Which do you prefer more, the pink or blue cotton candy? That is the most important to ask yourself while waiting in line.  The second most important question is cone or bag?

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Krusty Pup

We don’t call them corn dogs, we call them Krusty Pups because these are no ordinary corn dogs. A fair tradition, these battered hot dogs are a delicious classic. Grab yourself a fresh squeezed lemonade and you’re fueled for the rest of your outing.

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New Fair Food

Branks BBQ

Original House of Donuts (Yum!)

Yella Beak Corona Corral

Seahawks fans, buy blue and green sour apple cotton candy available Sept. 23 – 25

 

Music at the Fair

Music Fans in Puyallup

Every year the Washington State Fair hosts a variety of musicians that entertain visitors who fill the grandstands. From country to rock, the fair hosts a great lineup of musicians. Artists like Smash Mouth, Tim McGraw, Jimmy Buffet, Kid Rock, and a few others have already made their stop at the fair. Take a listen to some of the videos below to get an idea of what artists are up next!

 

Below are upcoming shows:

 

THOMPSON SQUARE DANCIN’ IN THE DIRT PARTY

Friday, Sep 9 at 9:00pm

 

CHRIS JANSON DANCIN’ IN THE DIRT PARTY

Saturday, Sep 10 at 9:00pm

 

FOR KING & COUNTRY AND MATT MAHER

Monday, Sep 12 at 7:30pm

 

DNCE WITH SPECIAL GUEST LUNCHMONEY LEWIS

Wednesday, Sep 14 at 7:30pm

 

X AMBASSADORS / RACHEL PLATTEN

Thursday, Sep 15 at 7:30pm

 

CHARLIE WILSON WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOE

Friday, Sep 16 at 7:30pm

 

ALAN JACKSON

Saturday, Sep 17 at 7:30pm

 

FIESTAS PATRIAS FEATURING VOZ DE MANDO, PROYECTO X AND MARIACHI DIVAS

Sunday, Sep 18 at 5:00pm

 

CHRIS YOUNG WITH SPECIAL GUEST CASSADEE POPE

Monday, Sep 19 at 7:30pm

 

GAVIN DEGRAW & ANDY GRAMMER WITH SPECIAL GUEST WRABEL

Wednesday, Sep 21 at 7:00pm

 

DIERKS BENTLEY PLUS GUEST TUCKER BEATHARD

Thursday, Sep 22 at 7:30pm

 

JEFF FOXWORTHY & LARRY THE CABLE GUY

Friday, Sep 23 at 7:30pm

 

FLO RIDA WITH SPECIAL GUEST NATALIE LA ROSE

Saturday, Sep 24 at 7:30pm

Back to School Tips

psdStudents in the Puyallup School District started school on September 6th. With new backpacks, sharpened pencils, and a well-packed lunch, thousands of students returned to start a new year. Teachers have been preparing for weeks to welcome back new pupils ready to learn. So now that we are back in the classroom and out of the summer sun, what can you do to ensure that going back to school is a smooth transition? It’s difficult to get out of the summer schedule, but we thought we would share a few quick tips to making back to school a smooth and enjoyable process.

1. A consistent sleep pattern

The summer days of staying up late and sleeping in have come to a bittersweet end. Setting a consistent alarm clock won’t feel great at first, but once you get into a pattern your body will appreciate the consistency. Getting up earlier will allow you to be tired in the evening and able to fall asleep.

2. Lay out your outfit and pack your lunch the night before

You will be able to give yourself a little more time in the morning if you take care of these items the night before. A stress-free morning is a great way to start the day.

3. Talk about your day

At the end of the day talk about your highs and lows, what went well, what you were surprised about, what made you happy, what was exciting…

By having these conversations, you will pick up on useful information about what might be ahead in the school year. Have these consistently and you will continue to be informed and have good communication about how school is truly going.

4. Be proactive about the germs

Kids are going to get sick throughout the school year. Make sure you have your medicine cabinet stocked with essentials to tackle the fall cold and flu. Hand sanitizer is a life saver! If you do miss school, make sure you or your student is in contact with the teacher about missed work. It is easy to fall behind and being proactive about it will help later down the line.

5. Get involved

Whether it is baking after school, a sport, something musical, or something service oriented, getting involved in extra activities is a great way to make new friends and get connected. A new year always brings new opportunities!

http://www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/

 

Things Happening This Week in Puyallup

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I know I’m always looking for things to do in Puyallup and its surrounding areas.  We of course have the Fair but what else is happening?  Lets look at all the things happening this week in the area.

Washington State Fair
Sept 2-25 2016
Concerts this week:
– Creedence Clearwater Revisited (9/7/16 @ 7:30pm)
– Smash Mouth (9/8/16 @ 7:30pm)
– Washington State Rodeo (9/9-11/16)
– Thompson Square Dancin’ in the Dirt Party (9/9/16 @ 9:00pm)
– Chris Janson Dancin’ in the Dirt Party (9/10/16 @ 9:00pm)

Go for a swim or lesson

  • Puyallup High School has a public swim.
  • Visit the YMCA and use their pool.
  • Visit the Spray park in Pioneer Park.

Tacoma Wedding Expo
(9/10-11/16 @ 10:30am)
Tacoma Dome

Watch the Seahawks!
Sept 11, 2016 (Sunday @ 1:05pm)
Dolphins Vs. Hawks at CenturyLink

Play some Pool in Puyallup!
Free on Sunday (9/11/16) at Scotty’s Grub & Pub
Puyallup, Washington

All You Can Bowl in Puyallup (Daffodil Bowl)
Sept 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th 2016.
10:00pm until closing time.
$10 Bucks

Mini Golfing in Puyallup
Mike N Terry’s Outdoor Fun Park
Mini Golfing, Go Karts, & Batting Cages
6326 114th Ave Ct E, Puyallup, Washington 98371

Live Music in Tacoma
– Iron Dragon @ 9:00pm 9/9/16
– The Spazmatics @ 9:00pm 9/10/16
(cover charges apply)

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

 

 

 

 

Countdown to the Fall Fair

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The highly anticipated Washington State Fair, known to locals as the Puyallup Fair is just around the corner. On September 2nd the gates will open and the smell of scones and krusty pups will begin to fill the Puyallup Valley. As always a variety of activities and events are happening great for a night out with friends, a weekend with the family, or an evening date.

Fair food includes classics like cotton candy, caramel apples, and corn dogs. The all-time favorite fair scone will have people waiting in line for an hour just to take home the treasure that is the scone brown bag. You will catch the smell of a cinnamon and sugar elephant ear, and will find yourself in line to get one. And don’t forget the classic earthquake burgers, a challenge to finish even for the hungry teenager.

I love the rides at the fair. From family fun rides like the giant slide to more intense rides like the roller coaster or the extreme scream, I could spend all day riding them all. If you are not a rides person, there is still plenty to keep you busy. You can always check out the animals, watch the rodeo, enjoy the produce displays, check out the different vendors selling cars, hot tubs, saunas, and an array of other products.

When driving home from the fair, I can normally hear a concert going on in the grandstands. The fair always has a great line-up of artists performing. A few of this year’s artists include Tim McGraw, Devin DeGraw, Kid Rock, and so many other talented musicians. Along with these great performers, local artists and groups perform at the fair and you can enjoy them for free!

The Washington State Fair will not disappoint. With the wide variety of things to do, you will find something you most certainly enjoy!

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HOURS
Mon, Wed, Thu: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Closed on Tuesdays

GATE ADMISSION

Early Bird Discount Price
Available online through Sept. 1 or at discount ticket outlets
Adults – $10.00
Students (ages 6-18) – $7.50
Seniors (ages 62+) – $7.50

Regular Price
Adults – $12.50
Students (ages 6-18) – $9.00
Seniors (ages 62+) – $9.00

Kids 5 & under – FREE

ENTRANCE GATES
Gold, Blue, Red, Green & Purple Gates

For more information click on the official Fair Website below:

http://www.thefair.com/

 

Heart By Heart Concert in Pioneer Park

Puyallup Concerts Heart By Heart Band

Thursday is approaching fast and that means we have another great concert in the park. There is actually just one show left on the schedule. This week we have Heart By Heart (Starting @ 6:30pm 8/18/16). They will be playing all the classic Heart songs from the 70’s and 80’s. The band includes two of the original members (Steve Fossen & Michael Derosier) and both are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The other talented members include Somar Macek, Randy Hansen, and Lizzy Daymont.

Next Thursday at 6:30pm, we have Spike & The Impalers at Bradley Park to finish off the Concerts in the Park 2016 schedule.

Hope to see you all there!

Meeker Days 2016

Meeker Days in Puyallup

One of the biggest events in Puyallup is happening this weekend. It’s time for Meeker Days! The festival that was named after its first Mayor – Ezra Meeker. Puyallup’s Meeker Days is a 77 year old celebration. Nearly 135,000 people visit the downtown area during this time for entertainment, food, concerts, and shopping. There are over 200 vendors and 2 huge food courts.

The festival runs the 17th-19th. On Friday the 17th the event starts at noon then for the remaining days it starts at 10am. There will be 4 stages for entertainment this year. On Saturday the Muckleshoot & NW Stage “Main Stage” will start at 10am and run all day. Between 3pm-8pm there will be a new band every hour.

One new thing added this year is the tequila and taco garden. That should be lots of fun! Get the summertime margaritas going while eating some delicious street tacos. There will also be several new food vendors to discover. The Rainier Antique Tractor Club which has been one of longest running participants will be there. They will have 15-20 tractors.

The festival will have lots of family and kids activities as well. From face painting, games, bounce houses, and fishing the kids will always have something to do in the Kid Zone. There will also be plenty of family performances from the Clay Martin Puppets to the Reptile Man.

Join in the Meeker Days fun this weekend.
The event is brought to you by the Main Street Association.


City of Puyallup Meeker Days Festival Photo

Food Vendor at Meeker Days in Puyallup Washington

Meeker Days Tractors Downtown Puyallup

Farmers Market Weekend!

Farmers Market in Puyallup Washington

If you live in Puyallup then you know just how great our downtown farmers market really is. It’s a great time for the community to come together and gather all kinds of goodies. I personally love all the fresh fruit and organic vegetables. However, they have flowers, crafts, and smoked fish/meats as well. You’ll also see non profits and some kind of entertainment happening. Booths are everywhere. Their hanging baskets are pretty amazing! The farmers market downtown is a 30+ year tradition in the City of Puyallup.

A couple years ago they build a spray park and kids are really enjoying that right now. If not, there is a big toy and playground.

This is fun attraction downtown you certainly don’t want to miss. While you’re there grab a hamburger or some corn on the cob. They usually have a pretty good selection of food vendors.

Puyallup’s farmers market runs this Saturday starting at 9am and ends at 9pm. It’s in Pioneer Park right in front of the public library. While you’re there enjoy some music and take a look at the Ezra Meeker’s statue. The vendors also spread inside the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Don’t forget the dog! I would say this is definitely the best farmers market in the sound end.

2016 season begins in April and runs through mid October. Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm at Pioneer Park and Pavilion.

Next month is the super sized farmers marketing – Meeker Days. We’ll be talking about that a lot on Puyallup.com.
I can’t wait – we have some great events coming soon.

Pioneer Park
330 South Meridian
Downtown Puyallup
Google Map

Puyallup’s Community Campout 2016

Bradley Lake Park Campout 2016

It will be a fun night sleeping under the stars and gazing into the night sky. The Community Campout 8 2016 event will be held at Bradley Lake Park on August 13th 2016 starting at 2:30pm. The activities will start at 3pm. Dinner is at 5pm. The City of Puyallup will provide a wide variety of activities for your entire family. If you went to last years, they had games, crafts, and s’mores melting over the campfire. The event will have food and live music so be prepared to do a little dancing. They will also have a big screen for movies included. They’ll have hot dogs and a breakfast available. If you want to come you’ll need to pre-register by August 7th 2016. This event is put together by Puyallup Parks and Recreation and ends Sunday the 14th at 10am (checkout-time). Please help us and keep our local parks clean during and after the event.

The Details:

  • Pre-registration is required
  • Register by August 7th
  • $20 per tent space
  • One tent per site
  • Concessions available for purchase

Live Music:
Afrodisiacs 6:30pm-8pm. (band website)

Cooking S’mores:
A station will be open prior to the movie and everyone will be invited to participate.
All Supplies and ingredients will be provided. 8PM

Movie:
Minions (PG). Moving will start playing at dusk. Concessions are available for purchase.

Security:
Security will be provided during the entire event by City Staff.

Location:
Bradley Lake Park
531 31st Ave Se
Puyallup, Washington 98374
Google Map

Puyallup Campout Flyer 2016

Bradley Lake Park Photo

Bradley Lake Park Photo Walking area with dogs and lake