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Spring Fair, with everyone’s favorite farm animals, rides, entertainment and food, kicks off the fair season at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup through Sunday, April 13.

“Real Big Fun” is the theme, with a giant rubber-duckie mascot and duckies from 2 to 20 feet high around the fairgrounds.

Take a spin on the Classic Coaster, Extreme Scream, Cliff Hanger, Zero Gravity and an array of Kiddyland rides for the younger set. The Tot Spot, a new feature for young kids, is full of daily free activities, including goat and cow milking, craft stations, Let’s Pretend and the Thank a Farmer Magic shows. For kids of all ages, KidZone includes Creative Kids Exhibit, Master Gardener’s activity station, Brad’s World Reptile Show and Mindworks! games and activities.

Cattle, miniature horses, poultry, llamas and sheep fill the livestock barns. The Fair Farm is stocked with baby animals, DockDogs leap and racing pigs shoot out the gate several times daily.

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Northwest Living & Garden displays, vendors and workshops inspire and inform gardeners, and 350 vendors fill the Showplex.

Onion burgers, caramel apples, roasted corn, Krusty Pups and funnel cakes are among fair food favorites from dozens of vendors. At last year’s fair, a total of 102,090 guests over the four-day fair bought 110,313 yummy scones with raspberry jam – one of the fair’s most enduring traditions.

Quacky Happy Hour discounted beer and wine flights and mixed drinks are available 8 p.m. to closing Friday and Saturday in the Showplex and Expo Hall Beer Garden at the Auto Alley sports car display. Free entertainment around the fairgrounds and onstage includes music, magic shows, clowns, Showplace Stage concerts at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks shows at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Motorsport Mayhem Monster Truck Show Friday and Slamfest Demolition Derby Saturday and Sunday reserved-seating events are available at additional charge. See the trucks up close and meet the drivers at pit party events for ticket holders before each show, and take a spin on a tricked-out Monster Truck from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday ($7, cash only).

Admission discounts and Ride & Game Saver Packs are available with advance purchase, and parking in fair lots is free. Friday is Military Appreciation Day with free admission to active, reserve and retired military with ID and their dependents.

Madeline McKenzie:

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