Washington State Fair, Puyallup

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The Washington State Fair, formerly the Puyallup Fair, is the largest single attraction held annually in the U.S. state of Washington. It continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States and includes agricultural and pastoral displays and shows, amusement rides, and concert series. The Washington State Fair hosts two annual events: the 21-day Washington State Fair in September, and the four-day Washington State Spring Fair in April.

Situated in the city of Puyallup, 35 miles (56 km) south of Seattle and 10 miles (16 km) east of Tacoma near Mount Rainier, the fairgrounds cover an area of 160 acres (0.65 km2) with buildings and land valued at more than $54 million. The facilities are available for rent throughout the year, making the grounds a valuable community resource. They also host various seasonal festivals such as the Victorian Country Christmas, as well as races, concerts, car shows, and sporting expositions, including the International Sportsman's Exposition. The site employs 55 year-round staff members. Over 7,500 employees are hired each September during the Fair.
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  • The price of $10 for an ear of corn is very telling. There is nothing at this fair which hasn't been overpriced. $6 cups of pop. $10 for small cups of frozen yogurt whipped with pineapple. $20... 
    The price of $10 for an ear of corn is very telling. There is nothing at this fair which hasn't been overpriced. $6 cups of pop. $10 for small cups of frozen yogurt whipped with pineapple. $20...  more »
  • It's the fair - it's expensive, the food is gut destroying, the rusty old rides feel like they are going to crash down at any moment, and no matter how many times I play ring toss I always lose... 
    It's the fair - it's expensive, the food is gut destroying, the rusty old rides feel like they are going to crash down at any moment, and no matter how many times I play ring toss I always lose...  more »
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  • Very impressive state fair! I have never been to a fair as large and well organized as this. Most of the grounds were clean and easy to navigate. There is plenty of food, all overpriced, but that’s okay. I specifically enjoyed the agriculture and livestock sections. There was a section to view flower and produce winners. Additionally there were opportunities to see various different animals. I definitely recommend going!
  • I want to be sure to say that this is a place that does have large crowds and I know for many it may be stressful, so my rating is definitely based on both my own enjoyment and nostalgia for going to the fair, and being on the lower end of stress in crowds. If you have any struggles with crowds I would say this one is closer to 3 stars with some suggestions at the end. I have enjoyed going to the fair for years and it was fun to go with family this year. We were able to see some of the art from students and see the loom work of several great artists! We saw some animals and got ice cream too. A very fun place to go for those who love rides, to see animals, or in our case to look at great artistic skills of those in our area! We tried to stay away from the larger crowds, and it was a very enjoyable trip. To avoid the crowds I would say avoid the purple entrance, it is near the rides and is always busy with people. Take advantage of the art sections of the fair with display areas near the coke stage and the art display area near the gold gate having fewer crowds most days. And, the biggest suggestion is avoid both the free day and weekends when more people are at the fair. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it soon!

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