For the first time, both will be happening over Labor Day. The Evergreen State Fair is Aug. 25-Sept. 5 in Monroe; the Washington State Fair (formerly known as the Puyallup Fair) is Sept. 2-25 in Puyallup.

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As August winds down, fun gears up at two of summer’s biggest events, the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Aug. 25 through Sept. 5, and the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Sept. 2 through 25.

Both feature all the farm animals, carnival rides, entertainment and fair food you can handle, and for the first time, both fairs are in full swing over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 to 5, thanks to the Washington State Fair’s extended dates this year.

The Evergreen Fair is in full swing with daily attractions and entertainment including a petting zoo, lumberjack shows and an array of farm-animal displays and events. Daily entertainment and activity themes, many with admission discounts, include Senior Citizens Day on Monday, Aug. 29; Family Day on Wednesday, Aug. 31; Kid’s Day on Sept. 1; and Armed Forces Day on Sept. 2. Equestrian events are featured throughout the fair at the fairground’s expansive Evergreen Equestrian Park arenas and barns that host horse shows year-round. The fairground’s other special feature, Evergreen Speedway, has NASCAR, demo derby and other racing events on fair weekends.

Evergreen State Fair

Time: 10 10 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 5; carnival 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 5.

Cost: $12/ages 16-61; $8/ages 6-15 and 62-89; ages 5 and younger and 90 and older free; special events and discounts vary.

Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe.

More info: 360-805-6700 or

Washington State Fair

Time: Sept. 2-25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays; closed Tuesdays.

Cost: $12.50/adults, $9/ages 6-18 and ages 62+, ages 5 and younger free; special events and discounts vary.

Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup.

More info: 253-841-5045 or

Evergreen Fair headliner concerts include Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Aug. 29, Hunter Hayes on Aug. 30, Old Dominion on Sept. 1 and more; ticket prices vary. It’s too late to enter the salsa, fried chicken and cheesecake competitions, but you can still join in bubble-gum blowing, team egg toss and pie-eating contests, along with twice-daily texting contests for the nimble-fingered.

The Washington State Fair, the state’s biggest annual attraction, with more than 1 million guests each September, is expanding its dates this year, including an additional weekend. The Fair opens Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 25, with another first this year — it closes on Tuesdays for fair staff and vendors to rest and restock.

The usual favorites will all be there; food favorites of all kinds, from scones with jam (1.6 million served last year!) to onion burgers, elephant ears and barbecue; farm animals including draft-horse shows and the Piglet Palace; floral and agriculture displays with giant pumpkins; Hobby Hall collections; 900 commercial vendors; and carnival rides from Sillyville for young fairgoers to Extreme Scream and other thrill rides for the daring.

Special Washington State Fair attractions include the “Discover the Dinosaurs” exhibit ($6 fee), Superheroes Headquarters with superheros visits, new features at Timber Gulch 1890s Northwest Frontier Town, Beer Haven microbrews with live music on weekends, rodeo from Sept. 9 to 11. Seahawks weekend will feature a visit by defensive end Michael Bennett on Sept. 23, the Sea Gals on Sept. 24 and the Ultimate Tailgate party Sept. 25. Twenty music and comedy headline events include J. Cole on Sept. 2, Kid Rock on Sept. 3, Tim McGraw on Sept. 4, Smash Mouth on Sept. 8, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on Sept. 23, Flo Rida on Sept. 24 and Train on Sept. 25.

See each fair’s website for complete information on attractions, fees, special events and transportation options.

See you there!

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