Entertainment, Puyallup

Concerts in the Park 2016

Puyallup Concert in the Park 2016

Each year the Puyallup Parks & Recreation brings us Concerts in the Park. The 2016 events will be held at Puyallup’s Pioneer Park (325 South Meridian) and Bradley Lake Park on South Hill (531 31st Ave S). This year they will have “Noon Tunes for Kids” which will run in the afternoon for an hour. It’s a mixture of music and activities for the kids. The “Noon Tunes for Kids” starts on July 5th 2016. The Family Series Concerts in the Park starts June 30th 2016 and runs every Thursday until August 25th 2016. The first event will be at Bradley Lake Park on June 30th at 6:30pm. The Beatniks will be rocking the park with their mix of classic rock. There are so many great events this year from Doctorfunk (funk & soul) July 21st, Bobby Sox & The Juke Box (50’s & 60’s) July 28th, Slim Wizzy (blues) Aug 4th, Heart By Heart (2 original Heart members) Aug 18th, and finally ending with Spike & The Impalers Aug 25 at Bradley Lake Park.

On August 13th 2016, there will be a community campout held at Bradley Lake Park from 6:30pm – 8pm. The Afrodisiacs will be playing and they are a really great disco band. They are quite popular in the nightlife scene around Tacoma and Seattle. It’s free (no cover).

If you haven’t experienced Concerts in the Park before, you certainly will want to check it out. The Puyallup Community really comes together and it’s a great way to meet all your neighbors. Bring a chair, blanket/s, and some snacks to enjoy as well. Prepare to dance as the sun goes down in one of Puyallup’s most historic parks – Pioneer Park.

Here is the official schedule (PDF) for the 2016 concerts in the park. It includes both Pioneer Park and Bradley Park events. In the event of rain, all concerts will be moved inside the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The Saturday event at Bradley Lake Park (Afrodisiacs) would be cancelled.

Downtown, Education, Farmers Market, Puyallup

Puyallup Public Library

Puyallup Public Library

Education is a powerful thing. It is one of the most important things Ezra Meeker, our Puyallup pioneer, valued highly. The power of education not only enhances literacy, it creates inspiration and imagination. It can not only inspire yourself but help inspire others.

Before Puyallup was even a city, there has always been a library. Before the land cut down to a manageable level by Ezra Meeker, his wife Eliza Jane was lending out books from Puyallup’s Pioneer Park. She always knew the value of acquiring knowledge and that is why she would lend the books out of her cabin. Puyallup was growing fast, however, and the process of her lending out the books was becoming more difficult. Soon after several businessmen (8) got together with funds of $5,000 to form the Puyallup Library Association. They expanded the book lending efforts greatly. This new enhancement allowed them to hire their first librarian, Francis McCoy, who was paid $25 per month.

The first Puyallup Library was created by a grant that the City Council applied for. The City Council was persuaded/pushed by the local citizens to apply for it. During the beginning of the century about 3,000 Carnegie Libraries were built. Millionaire Andrew Carnegie was financing many of the public libraries during that period. This grant was one of the those opportunities and Puyallup was eventually successful. The initial library cost $12,500 and the City Council had to pledge $1,250 annually for supporting the new Puyallup Library. With the permission from Ezra Meeker, the library was built in the now Pioneer Park we all know today. Ezra donated the Pioneer Park with the agreement that it would only be used as a park, thus his permission was required before the library construction could be started. In 1913 the 4000 sq. ft. library opened and continued to serve the community for 50 years. Eventually, it just couldn’t support the growing community and the building was wearing down. The weight of the books were struggling to support all the books and it was declared unsafe.

A new building was proposed. Voters approved a new bond and with that a new library would be built. The cost was $210,000 and 11,622 square feet. The building was bigger, better, and much more modern. Puyallup’s population continue to grow rapidly it went from 12,450 to 30,740 people and the library items continued to grow as well. In 1962 it was more than just books now. The Puyallup library had computers, DVD’s, cd’s, and talking books. The rooms were always occupied with students and business meetings. In short, the library needed to grow to meet the demands of the city, students, rental items, and the growth of the city of Puyallup.

Another bond was presented to the voters and it passed on Sept. 14th 1999. The new building would be 39,500 sq. ft. Crowds came from all over Puyallup to witness the new opening of the library. It was a celebration and the people were anxious to experience it. The new Puyallup Public Library we know today has lots of space. It supports enough space for 150,000 books, 150,000 books, 20,000 videos, 12,000 talking books, and 10,000 cd’s. The also have computers which help and supports the process of finding more knowledge not only in the library but via the Internet. They have book meeting rooms and also studying rooms which can be used by students. Throughout the building you’ll find lots of tables for studying and friendly helpers. In 2009 during their first 4 months, the library lent out approx. 41,000 items per month.

The Puyallup Public Library is a must visit being a resident of Puyallup. It offers so much to the community. Not only the knowledge it provides but events as well. In Oct 2015, they have readings, public movie events, and award winning authors who you can meet in person.

Some of their programs include the Puyallup Festival of Books program. They have a full calendar of events on their site which are quite popular. On Oct 23rd and 24th 2015, they have the third annual Memories of Valor event. The Library has adult programs where you can get a guide to understand the communities history better. Volunteers help with this effort by using old photographs, year books, and other information which dates all the back to the 1900’s. There are also computer classes available for both adults and younger students. Kids’ Programs are available which focuses on making learning fun. More is available here but one of the more recent programs is called STREAM which stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math. The program is hands on with the goal of using activities to make it fun to learn. Other kid events include a Mad Scientist Library Lab, Chain Reactions, and Technology Exploration. They also have children authors who visit and storytelling events. The kids have a great time and love the activities. These events change all the time so you’ll want to check back on their website often to see what is new at the Library. Lastly, the Puyallup Library has weekly programs for teens throughout the school year. These include movie days, creative art events, comic book events, the Anime Club, gaming, and crafting events.

The Puyallup Public Library offers online tools also to help Puyallup residents find the information they are looking for 24/7. You can search by keyword, book, or author to get the information you’re looking for at the comfort of your home.

Address: 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 (in Pioneer Park)
Phone:(253) 841-5454

The park which includes the library is known as Pioneer Park. It features the statue of Ezra Meeker and the ivy location where the Meeker’s cabin once stood. Puyallup’s concert in the park is held here each year. The community really comes together for the musical events (Thursday nights). They bring lawn chairs, dance, and eat from many of the food vendors. The Park also holds the Pioneer Pavilion. The space is often used for the Famer Markets and also rented out for Weddings or special events. The newest attraction is the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park.

Concert Stage in Pioneer Park Puyallup

Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup

Entertainment, Puyallup, Washington State Fair

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!



Puyallup Parks and Recreation

puyallup parks and rec

The Puyallup Parks and Recreation organization devotes time to ensuring quality and maintenance of local parks and recreation facilities. Three separate divisions make up this organization including, recreation services, senior services, and park maintenance and development.

Concerts in the Park:

Each summer concerts are held in community parks during the months of July and August. Concerts include a wide variety of music. Concerts are family friendly and held at Pioneer Park and Bradley Lake Park. 2016 Information.


Walking Paths

Local walking paths are used year round by the community. Different paths offer different experiences, from a walk by the river to an interactive challenge course. Locations Include: Bradley Lake Park, Riverwalk Trail, Sam Peach Park, Puyallup Valley Sport Complex, and Wildwood Park Athletic Trail.

puyallup walking trail

Senior Citizens

Puyallup is a senior citizen friendly community that offers many activities and events throughout the year. The Puyallup Activity Center is located in the heart of downtown. Senior Services include classes and workshops, special events, social and health services, and tours/trips.

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Puyallup, Washington State Fair

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.