Do the Puyallup at the Washington State Fair, formerly known as the Puyallup Fair, Friday through Sept. 22. The name is new, but all your favorite rides, farm animals, displays and food vendors are there, along with new features and attractions.
Rainier Rush, an inversion roller coaster with loops, wavy tracks and bendy curves, is new for thrill seekers, joining an array of Midway attractions including Extreme Scream, Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn, Sky Diver, Vertigo and many more.
Younger kids and folks of all ages who prefer tamer fun head for Sillyville rides like the C.P. Huntington Train, antique merry-go-round, slides, river ride, midget racers and a kid-friendly food court. Kids can get behind the wheel at the new Tractor Tracks pedal-tractor maze and brave contestants ages 4 to 7 compete at Mutton Busting, trying to last 6 seconds riding a sheep.
Baby pigs due to arrive around opening day star in the new Piglet Palace, one of many fair animal displays and shows featuring sheep, cattle, draft horses, rabbits, goats and dogs.
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Special attractions this year include Luminasia, larger-than-life lantern displays from China ($10-$12 in addition to fair admission) and free daily performances by Cirque Magnifique contemporary circus-theater company and “Crazy Worlds” interactive multimedia experience for all ages.
Other favorite attractions include the floral exhibit, agriculture-horticulture displays with giant pumpkins, free daily entertainment on five stages, Home Arts baking, sewing, quilting and knitting displays and demonstrations and Northwest Outdoors information and activities. Vendors entice at the Showplex, Expo Hall, Centennial Building and new Green Marketplace, and check out the Hobby Hall for displays of a variety of collections and crafts.
All this fun is sure to make you hungry for the huge variety of food around the fairgrounds, from scones to onion burgers, barbecue, corn dogs and the new Bavarian Beer Garden. Special events include rodeos Friday through Sunday and headline concerts through Sept. 22.
Another new feature for ride fans this year: Dizzy Pass unlimited ride bracelets available Mondays through Thursdays are also available this Saturday and Sunday for $35; rides open one to two hours later than fair gates open.
Fair admission is free with nonperishable food-bank donation 9 a.m. to noon Friday only and active and retired military with ID get in free Monday and Sept. 16. See the website for more information on discounts and for shuttle service, Saturday Sounder trains and other transportation options.
Madeline McKenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org