September in the Pacific Northwest is known for the largest single event in Washington, the Puyallup Fair. The Fair got its start in 1900, and gains popularity every year, drawing over one million guests. The 2011 Puyallup Fair runs Sept. 9-25 at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center.
Kicking off the Fair on Sept. 9 is the annual cattle drive and the Puyallup Fair Western Rodeo Parade at 10 a.m. on Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup. Corriente cattle lead the way, followed by draft horse hitches, marching bands, equestrian drill teams, and costume characters. The parade is sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts and Famous Dave’s of Washington.
The Puyallup Fair offers tradition and trendy, all wrapped into one. Old-time favorites include animal shows, 4-H and FFA students competing, grange displays, home arts cooking contests and quilts, the International Photo Exhibition that draws entries from all corners of the globe, Hobby Hall, floral designs, and rides, including the new thrill ride, Vertigo.
If you thought scones were popular before, they will be even more popular this year, as Fisher Fair Scones are celebrating their 100th anniversary. Sometime during the Fair the 100 millionth scone will be sold, and the person who most closely guesses the date and time will win $1,000 and a year’s supply of scone mix. Visit http://www.facebook.com/fisherscones.
New on the food front are deep fried green beans, sold in the five new Stampede Grill locations. Curry Cousin also comes to the Fair, offering curry dishes from all over the world. For traditionalists, there are onion burgers, carmel apples, grilled corn, and much more. Adventurist diners will enjoy the zaniness of Deep Fried Kool Aid, frog legs, fried pickles and more.
Top-name entertainment highlights the Columbia Bank Concert Series again this year. Headliners range from Miranda Lambert to Selena Gomez and The Scene, and Larry the Cable Guy to Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith. Purchase tickets at www.thefair.com, and you can select your seating. Free entertainment stages and strolling entertainers feature something for all ages. New entertainers include hypnotist Lisa Marie, illusionist Peter Gossamer and entertainers Stoddard and Cole.
New to the Fair for 2011 is the Thrill Zone, featuring the MBS Mountainboard Big Air Show and the Big Aerial Show. You’ll be amazed at entertainment high in the sky with spinning and flipping rides, and skilled aerial artists.
Fiestas Patrias will again feature a daylong Latino music festival complete with dancing, music, vendors and food. New is a separate ticketed concert that evening featuring Intocable. Sept. 18 offers a full day of family fun saluting our neighbors down south, presented by La Gran D 99.3 FM and Juan 1210 AM.
Students (6-18): $9
Seniors (62+): $9
Five & under: Always FREE
Sun - Thurs: 10 am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat: 10 am - 11 pm