For many people, there are just four seasons. For those in Puyallup, there are five: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, and the ubiquitous Fair season. It’s a time when the twinkling lights from carnival rides blanket the sky, where the smell of deep-fried onion rings and sweet cow chip cookies waft overhead, and when the strains of guitars amplify the streets. While an outsider may look at the scene and only see chaos, Washington State natives tend to see bliss.
The Washington State Fair continually ranks as one of the largest fairs in the country and certainly the biggest in the Pacific Northwest. Tucked in the shadows of Mt. Rainier along an impressive 169+ acres of land, the fair hosts two annual events: the 20-day Washington State Fair every September, and the four-day Spring Fair in Puyallup every April. If you’re considering a trip to this end-of-summer bash, here are some tips.
Know When to Go (aka “When is the Washington State Fair?”)
Washington State Fair dates for 2018 are August 30 through September 23. That said, there are some better times to go than not. For instance, the fair is closed on Tuesdays, as well as on Wednesday, September 5. And tickets tend to be deeply discounted if you buy in advance, online. For the best price available — FREE! — head to the celebration on opening day or Friday, September 7, after the Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive. Washington State Fair hours vary by the day, yet tend to start at 9:30 or 10:30 am and close at 9:30 or 10:30 pm.
Washington State Fair Events
From pumpkins to petting zoos, this fair has just about anything a visitor could want. Here’s the low-down on some highlights from the 2018 season.
Jump in the World’s Largest Bouncy House
As long as you’re at least 5 years old and 3-feet tall, the largest bouncy house in the world may just be this year’s pinnacle. Stationed near the Giant Slide, this bouncy palace stretches 10,000 square feet and 36-feet high. As if that weren’t enough, there are characters, obstacle courses, and slides all within. If you’re up for a bit of bright-colored fun, expect to pay $5 per jumper.
Bask in a Shopper’s Paradise
With more than 700 vendor spaces filled and stocked with goodies that are difficult to resist, the Washington State Fair has become a haven for shoppers who want variety. And if your tired legs grow weary, be sure to stop by the Aqua Spas & Pool booth where you’ll immediately be reminded why hot tubs just may be the Golden Ticket to relaxation.
Learn to Farm in SillyVille
Whether they’re city slickers or country stars, your kids can try their hand at farming in the brand-new 1.5-acre Farm at SillyVille. Stop by the dairy barn to give old fashioned milking a go, gather eggs from the animatronic chicken, or drive a combine to harvest wheat. Whatever the choose to do, being a “farmer for the day” carries a prestige that’s difficult to put into words.
Washington State Fair Concerts
With nightly concerts starring big-name musicians, you could easily be forgiven if your trip to the fair was all about listening to music under the beautiful Washington sky. Some of the star-studded lineup includes:
- Florida Georgia Line on September 2
- Seal on September 12
- Boy George and the Culture Club on September 13
- Toby Keith on September 15
- Macklemore on September 21
- Rascal Flatts on September 23
From mutton busting and aerial sling shots to memorable dining options and a rodeo, let’s take a look at the key points to remember.
- There are a lot of ways to garner a discount;
- Even the youngest visitors can enjoy the day;
- Attending a concert just may be all the fun you need;
- Sit and relax in a hot tub after the long day of fair festivities.
If there is one takeaway, it’s that you need to visit our booth for a chance to get a special offer on the spa of your dreams. This Washington State Fair special runs through September and makes owning a luxurious hot tub affordable.