Spring Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds runs through Sunday, April 19, with carnival rides, farm animals and more.
Fair season kicks off this weekend with carnival rides, farm animals, racing pigs, scones and motor-sport mayhem at the Spring Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup through Sunday, April 19.
Fair barns are filled with sheep, pygmy goats, miniature horses, llamas and 4-H projects including the Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale and Junior Poultry Exposition. Racing pigs and DockDogs compete daily and exotic reptiles and amphibians are on display in the KidZone.
The new Fun on the Farm has barnyard activities and baby animals for kids. KidZone keeps school-age kids busy with Lego play, planting station and other free activities, including Tot Spot for the youngest fairgoers.
Time: 2-10 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 17-18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, April 19.
Cost: $10/general, $8/ages 6-18, ages 5 and younger free; free admission to active, reserve, retired military with ID and their dependents Friday only.
Monster Truck Show: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, pit party 4-6 p.m., $9-$31 includes fair admission.
Slamfest Demolition Derby: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, $9-$31 includes fair admission.
Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup.
More info: 253-841-5045 or thefair.com/spring-fair.
Rides and games are always fair favorites, from the Extreme Scream and other thrills to Kiddlyland rides for little ones, and the merry-go-round, giant slides and more for all ages.
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Food to fuel your fair day is a must, with everything from barbecue to funnel cakes, seafood, onion burgers and the ever-popular scones with butter and raspberry jam (139,676 sold at last year’s Spring Fair).
Northwest Living and Garden displays, workshops, speakers and vendors provide inspiration for your outdoor-living spaces, one of several fair-shopping options. Exhibits created by young people will include a science fair, creative art, and baking and crafts displays. There will also be free roving and stage entertainment daily, featuring the KMPS Showcase country-music concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and, at additional cost, a Monster Truck show Friday and SlamFest Demolition Derby Saturday and Sunday.
With so much to see, do and eat, the fair offers a mobile app to plan your itinerary, with an interactive map and GPS tracking to navigate the grounds and quickly find the nearest restroom, scone vendor or whatever you’re looking for, available with free download on the fair’s website.
Admission-discount tickets are available at Safeway and Fred Meyer stores, parking in fair lots is free, and Friday is Military Appreciation Day with free admission to active, reserve and retired military with ID and their dependents.