Attendance at the Puyallup Fair which ended Sunday was 1,183,03, the 19th highest tally since the fair started in 1900, fair officials announced.
The 17-day fair greeted 19,066 more people than last year. The Sept. 11 opening day attendance did set a record with 86,332, the biggest opening day crowd in fair history. Opening day included the annual Puyallup Fair Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive down Main Street in Puyallup and free gate admission until noon.
Highlight features included the Al’s Brain exhibit, with 10,000 plus people submitting entries in hopes of being one of the 150 lucky winners to meet “Weird Al” Yankovic. There were sold out concerts for Jason Aldean, James Taylor, and Heart; plus three days of meet and greets with Captain Johnathan and Scott Hillstrand of Discovery Channel’s hit series, “The Deadliest Catch.”
The Puyallup Fair is a Pacific Northwest tradition, and one of the top ten attended fairs in North America. The 2010 Spring Fair in Puyallup is slated for April 15-18, and the Puyallup Fair is Sept. 10-26. For further information, visit www.thefair.com