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Spring Fair in Puyallup posts fourth highest attendance ever

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am with 4 Comments »
April 18, 2011 11:14 am

Despite rainy weather at the start of the four-day Spring Fair in Puyallup, the event — which wrapped up Sunday — drew 114,317 people, the fourth highest attendance in the event’s 22-year history.

It was 12,676 people short of last year, which holds the record, a Fair news release said.

“The weather at the start of the Fair this year was a test of the tradition this April event holds. Rain or shine, people loved the offerings we included in the price of gate admission,” said Kent Hojem, Fair CEO, in the release.

Along with the usual carnival rides, exhibits and food, this year’s Fair also included a cooking demonstration by Food Network star and Sumner native Sandra Lee, and new features such as lumberjack and monster truck shows and the Northwest Junior Rodeo.

The larger Puyallup Fair, which typically draws more than 1.1 million people during its 17-day run, is planned Sept. 9-25. The theme is “Make your escape.”

Details are on the Fair’s website.


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  1. People who live in Puyallup get used to positive propaganda.
    It seems to matter to the elite more then reality.

  2. forthebirds says:

    1st time for us – it is SO nothing like the regular fair.
    3 Year olds in tow & you get the bracelet only to find out none of the little people rides are working.
    It just felt like a big rip off.

  3. smokinjo29 says:

    Puyallup fair has been changed to Washington State Fair to create more interests in other States in hopes to create a better income for the Fair. I have been going and working the fair for over 40 years. Found out it was the States Concentration Camp for WWII. Asians, Germans, etc etc were housed there. If you go and look at where they show the cattle….those areas were homes for mostly Asian families. The lines were to make sure everyone knew where to go. After the people were released the City of Puyallup covered up the memories by making it a fair grounds. To try to hide what was really there. Now the State of Washington wants it to be noticed by calling it the Washington Fair. Hoping the memories of the horrible issues there would be forgotten. Each year the armed police herd there by the hundreds. Some want to get in on the action and some are there to enjoy it. You wont find that many cops in Disney Land or any other amusement park. As for the main attractions of the Fair, the rides are okay, some run well and some dont run at all. NO place for kids under 4 years of age. I mean nothing. They had some carnival clowns or characters in 2012 but 2013 it was minimal. During the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s the fair was blooming with great attractions. The dusk fireworks display, other buildings had muzzle loader displays where you could look, talk, seek, or buy something from those who were involved with the civil war. The arena was nice when it had 2 stadiums. One, when a show wasnt going on, you could go up and have a lunch or it was a good place to take your love and show her some affection. Kids were free to run and even then there were a few cops around, but not many to mention. It seems, the City enjoys ruining things that were nice at one time. The arena was changed, the entrances were changed, the policies were changed, the entrance fees were raised a lot, the ride costs were raised a lot, the parking was raised alot and the home owners around the Cities designated areas can not park in front of their own homes or will be cited for parking in a no parking area. This seems to be amusing for the City and State, but when the City removed the fireworks from the fair, the attendance died down so much the Fair had to raise the entrance, ride, and other costs to make up for the losses. I still go there every year to see what its like. The changing of the rides did not make it any better. They are cheap, break down a lot, and it seems the Fair, City and State dont care about the people …. just the income.

  4. smokinjo29 says:

    Opps …. correction. The lines means the colored lines on the ground. Like yellow, blue, green red…… took you some where. I dont know exactly where but ….. Also, in some of the entrances there are rotating gates that have one direction only. That was the out gate for the guards or those being released for what ever reasons.

    The Asians who had bought property here in Washington lost everything. Some people who cared bought it and saved it for those who might return to their old homes. Many Asians were not so lucky and had to start over someplace else. That was not fare to them. To rob them because of their color or being Asian. Then allow the Government to sell off the property, and allowing their hard earned property go to someone else for pennies. Just like the government did to the Indians. Treat them like animals. And the Puyallup Fair Grounds….aka.. Washington Fair Grounds is the example how the government thinks of the population

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