Thursday, September 22, 2011

Exciting Educational Exhibits at the Fair

There are many exhibits for kids to gain a fun learning experience at the Fair. Here are two different exhibits that offer exciting hands-on education.

The World of Music is an interactive, hands-on museum of music, housing over 300 culturally diverse instruments from six continents. Wander through the exhibit and gain an understanding
of how music is a universal language. Get a glimpse of other cultures and history in an educational, yet fun environment. Kids can also enjoy drum circles throughout the day, rhythm workshops, a Blue Man Group Station, a kid’s band area, and an electronic instrument section, featuring the amazing Beamz Laser Music Player. Drum circles will be held daily at noon, 2, and 4 p.m. in the Paulhamus Plaza. The World of Music is open daily 11 a.m.– 7 p.m.

The Traveling Farm is a new, custom-built 48' semi offers a walk-through facility that features 14 museum-quality interactive exhibits to engage and educate young learners. Today, many children know woefully little about agriculture's role in their daily lives - where food comes from, what life on a farm is like, why it is important to have farms in our communities,
etc. The Traveling Farm teaches students the role farming plays in our lives. There are farm-to table illustrations, teaching kids where food really comes from and then making healthy food choices. You and the family can visit the Traveling Farm near the Green Gate.

Both exhibits offer an educational experience for the whole family to learn more about the world around them, in a manner that is so fun you don’t even realize you are learning. Put each exhibit on your list to see at the Fair, hurry though there is only three days left!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Everyone's a Kid Weekend!

Everyone is a kid during the last weekend of the Puyallup Fair. Adults can pay kids admission prices Saturday Sept. 24 and Sunday Sept. 25. A coupon is required and can be found on the Fair’s website. Click the link below to print the coupon and save $2 off the regular adult price of $11 and pay the kid’s price of $9.

While at the Fair this weekend stop by Barn J to see exotic animals from all corners of the world, which have made their way to the Puyallup Fair for the Animals of the World exhibit starting today! Take this opportunity to see and learn about animals you may have never seen or heard about before. This year features: Watusi cattle, fainting goats, Nigerian dwarf goats, camels, zebras, and many more. New to the exhibit this year are hedgehogs!

There are 17 different species of hedgehogs found in different parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. They use their quills to protect themselves from predators, using their two back muscles to pull the quills over uncovered body parts, such as their head, feet and belly. Hedgehogs are known as pest control being that they can eat up to 200 grams of insects a night!

Visit and learn more about the hedgehogs and other animals in the Barn J as a part of the Animals of the World exhibit.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fiestas Patrias: Come Fiesta at the Fair

Join western Washington’s Latino community in celebrating their vibrant culture at Fiestas Patrias, featuring delectable authentic foods, action-packed dancers, and the latest Latino entertainers. Don’t miss bands Paloma, Grupo Viento de Michoacan, Zertero Musical, JalapeƱo Band, Domador de la Sierra, and more!

The Grandstand will feature performances starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

New this year! Fiestas Patrias will end the day with a special concert featuring Intocable. This seven-member band’s song, “Prometi” is currently #6 on Billboard Latin Songs Chart, and #2 on the Billboard Mexican Regional Songs Chart. Intocable’s albums have sold millions of copies, and have also earned them countless awards. Opening for Intocable are Explosion Musical and Ely Quintero.

Fiestas Patrias features vendors selling a range of products, and artisans selling south-of-the-border clothing and jewelry in the most stunning colors. Food vendors will entice guests with authentic foods, including churros, tacos, ceviche, and pastries. Come and fiesta at the Puyallup Fair!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Trout Fishing, Snowshoeing, and Target Practice, All for Kids!

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting “Go Play Outside,” which features a free kids catch and release fishing pond. Children 12 years old and under, and who are least 39 inches tall can participate. Youth with disabilities are encouraged to join. The pond is open from noon to 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. each weekend of the Fair, September 9-11, September 16-18, and September 23-25.

The pond is located in the NW Outdoors Building. Fishing gear will be provided, and volunteers will be on hand to help. Children may catch and release one fish during each session and participate in only one session per day. Every child who casts a line will walk away with a “Go Play Outside” decal, bumper sticker, and litterbag.

While you won’t find snow at the Fair, you’ll find snowshoeing for kids with “faux” snow. Straw works well for kids to practice maneuvering with snowshoes. Kids can also practice their target shooting skills with a pellet gun and a target, with skilled marksmen helping, of course.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Roller Coaster Wedding

One lucky couple said “I Do” atop the Wooden Roller Coaster this morning.

The lucky couple was Sarah Petty, 33, and Robert Scherzer, 29, of Magnolia in Seattle, Wash. They met six years ago in New York where both were working at a Broadway production company. Last year, Scherzer proposed to Petty on her birthday in front of family and friends.

The Roller Coaster Wedding is a popular contest that has been held over the years sponsored by STAR 101.5 FM in Seattle. The wedding was broadcasted live this morning during the Kent and Alan Morning Show. Kent Phillips, an ordained minister and co-host of the show, officiated the ceremony as family and friends witnessed this once in a lifetime event.

The couple received wedding rings from Ben Bridge Jewelers. The groom and best man were suited head to toe in attire provided by The Men’s Warehouse in Puyallup. Maloney’s Florist and Gifts in Puyallup provided the floral arrangement. The wedding cake was made by Pioneer Bakery in Puyallup. A Fair Scone breakfast reception was also provided, courtesy of the Puyallup Fair.

The newlyweds will enjoy wedding night accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Puyallup. Then they will be whisked away for a Hawaiian-style romantic honeymoon from Alaska Airlines, where they will stay at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Congratulations Sarah and Robert, best wishes to both of you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2K11 YouthFest: A New Way to Do the Puyallup

Today at the Fair is 2k11YouthFest. This is the second annual youth music festival where the art and entertainment is geared toward teens. You’ll find activities happening throughout the Fair all day long.

Plus, check out the new Rockaraoke! Rockaraoke is taking karaoke to the next level with people selecting between 400 songs and then singing with a live band! Contestants can register before the contest at the Rockaraoke booth.

This is an energetic, action-packed day at one of our most popular stages, the Coca-Cola Stage, focusing on the specific interests of teens. There will be great sounding bands, like “To Paint the Sky”, and budding graffiti artist murals, plus an enter-to win a finished piece of art. Vendor booths featuring teen related products and services will also be featured. It’s a new way to experience the Puyallup Fair!

YouthFest Stage Schedule

12:00 p.m.: Vocal Trash – high octane singing and dancing
1:30 p.m.: Tina Marie – dynamic master hypnotist
3:00 p.m.: YouthFest – Local artists showcase
4:30 p.m.: Vocal Trash – high octane singing and dancing
6:00 p.m.: Rockaraoke Contest – karaoke, but singing with a live band
7:00 p.m.: To Paint the Sky – band with catchy vocals, screaming, low breakdowns
8:15 p.m.: Tina Marie – dynamic master hypnotist

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Senior Tuesday and Red Hat Event

Free activities and events were held today for young-at-heart seniors. Coffee and pastries were provided by Dillanos Coffee Roasters and Franz Family Bakeries at Aqua Rec’s Showplace Stage. After filling up, seniors enjoyed a presentation by Walgreens Pharmacist, Terri Adams-Kinkaid about seniors and prescription drugs. Seniors also enjoyed special coupon savings, and were eligible to receive a flu shot at the Walgreens booth.

Additionally, Red Hatters of Washington colored the Fair red and purple, in the annual Red Hatter Parade. Following the parade, Red Hat members kept the fun going with Hats Off! Bingo. Bingo winners were awarded Fisher Scone Mix in honor of their 100th Anniversary.

These events will take place again on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and are free, upon gate admission, for seniors only. No sign-up necessary.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Military Appreciation Days

In honor of our brave men and women in uniform, gate admission is FREE to all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans. All must present valid military ID at any Fair gate. Military Appreciation Day will take place on both Mondays of the Fair, September 12 and 19.

We salute our partners who support Military Appreciation Day, including Chevrolet, 94.1 KMPS, and KZOK 102.5 FM.

Hobby Hall has a wide array of collections on display, this year they are featuring military memorabilia from World War I to the Vietnam War with uniforms, medals, photos, collectibles, and much more. This is a great exhibit for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"America Remembers" Tribute and Fireworks

Today marks the tenth anniversary of a day Americans will never forget.

The Puyallup Fair is taking time to remember those who sacrificed their lives to protect our country, and those lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.

The “America Remembers” tribute will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Stage, and is free with Fair gate admission. The Puyallup Seventh-Day Adventist Church has held this tribute at the Fair for several years, and will feature select members of the military and emergency responders again this year. This tribute will feature keynote speaker, Major General James M. Collins Jr., an experienced executive and opinion leader in the Army, business, and volunteer communities of the state and the nation.

As a remembrance of that tragic day, a fireworks spectacular will take place tonight after sundown at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The fireworks can be seen from most every vantage point at the Fair.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Giant Pumpkin Carving Results

The giant pumpkin weigh-off was held last night and the results were HUGE! Stan Pugh of Puyallup won first place, with his pumpkin weighing an enormous 927 lbs. The second place pumpkin weighed in at 892.5 lbs by Joel Holland of Sumner. Robin Halbert of Enumclaw had his pumpkin weighing in at 850.5 lbs placing him third.

The Jr. Giant Pumpkins division (children 18 and younger) also weighed in and had impressive weights. Emily and Annie Ulhmeyer of Olympia had a pumpkin weighing 456 lbs taking first place in the division. The second place pumpkin of Breana Barker weighed 430.5 lbs.

The first place winner of each division won $1 for every pound that the pumpkin weighed. The runners up in each division did not leave empty handed. In the adult division second place receives $500 and the third place receives $400. In the Jr. division second place wins $300 and third place wins $200.

Stop by the Pavilion and see giant pumpkin carvers at work! They will be carving away, weekend from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. under the Pavilion overhang.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Puyallup Pro Rodeo followed by Joe Nichols

Come on down to the Puyallup Fair and check out the Justin Boots Puyallup Pro Rodeo. You can watch the best cowboys and cowgirls compete in bull riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing. If you miss it today come by tomorrow (Sept.10) or Sunday (Sept. 11) to check out the action.

After the rodeo will be a performance by country music superstar Joe Nichols. Grammy-nominated performer, Joe Nichols brings the traditional side of country music to life with his rich baritone sound. Don’t miss Joe Nichols tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Grandstand as part of the 2011 Puyallup Fair’s Concert Series.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 Puyallup Fair Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive

Kicking off the 2011 Puyallup Fair is the annual Puyallup Fair Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive. Join us at Pioneer Park downtown for pre-parade music at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9 along Meridian Street.

Cowboys herding 60 steers start off the festivities. Following the cattle is this year’s grand marshal, Brittney Henry, Miss Washington, and a Puyallup-area resident. A variety of equestrian drill teams, draft horse hitches, marching bands, great musical entertainment, royalty, and cowboys on horseback follow. The parade will also feature costume characters and Puyallup Fair free entertainment.

After the parade the excitement is carried right into the Fair gates with FREE admission until noon by bringing a canned food item for the Puyallup Food Bank.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The BIG Puyallup Pro Rodeo Weekend!

Puyallup Pro Rodeo Justin Boots Playoffs, Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts: Sept. 9-11. Join the Puyallup Fair in welcoming the top cowboys and cowgirls in the country when they compete in the Justin Boots Playoffs Rodeo Tour, September 9-11. Each of the 24 competitors in each event will be vying for a part of the $540,000+ purse, the largest in the Pacific Northwest. The Pro Rodeo will be held at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; with finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Music superstar Joe Nichols will perform after the 6:30 p.m. rodeo on Friday night.

Put on your boots, chaps, and cowboy hats for the 6:30 p.m. rodeo on Saturday followed by Ricochet in concert and Dancin’ in the Dirt. This event is a separate ticket event ($20) and will be held in the Grandstand infield (21 years or older only). Dance the night away to Ricochet, sample some appetizers and beverages, and learn some roping tricks from cowboys.

Since the Sunday 1 p.m. Puyallup Finals are on September 11th, members of the military and emergency responders will be recognized at the rodeo in recognition of the 10th anniversary of this day in history. The Sunday rodeo includes two rodeos in one, with a traditional rodeo at first, followed by the finals, which features the top athletes from the past four performances. Each is vying to move on to the next round in Omaha, just one step from the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December.

The Puyallup Rodeo is something you should not miss. Being one of the top five rodeos in the country, this year’s Playoffs are sure to impress!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday Madness offers HUGE savings: Take a ride on the Extreme Scream or the NEW Vertigo!

Are you looking to save on rides? Enjoy the madness in savings on Monday, September 12 ONLY. Get 50% off rides, games, and select food items. Ride any Funtastic Midway or SillyVille ride for 50% off (no exclusions), plus play any Funtastic game for 50% off each game. You’ll also find some of your favorite food items for half price, too.

This offer includes the Extreme Scream and the NEW ride, Vertigo. The Extreme Scream is known to be the tallest structure in Puyallup. This tower stands 20 stories high as it shoots riders towards the sky and then drops them to the ground, reaching intense speeds. The Extreme Scream is the ultimate in daredevil excitement!

Vertigo is the brand NEW ride at the Fair this year, offering guests a dizzy-licous experience. Amusement ride fanatics will love the 100-foot tower ride that spins at a near heart-stopping 30 miles per hour. Vertigo spins 24 riders around a tower that can reach heights as high as 10 stories. Vertigo will give any thrill seeker a ride they won’t forget!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tons of Free Stuff to Do at the Fair

There are tons of free things to see and do at no cost to you! Free events, entertainment, and admission deals are happening throughout the Fair this year.

Visit our Free Entertainment page and download the list of over 101 free things to do. You will find free events that are date specific and happening daily such as the Big Aerial Show or MBS Mountainboard Big Air Show, both new to the Fair this year.

Take advantage quick because some of these deals won’t last for long!