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Puyallup Fair off to a busy start

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Sep. 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm with No Comments »
September 7, 2012 6:44 pm
"Fables of the West" cowboys, Ken McMeans , right, & brother Bob, of San Deigo, joined hundreds of others lining the streets during the Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive on Meridian St. in Puyallup marking the beginning of the 17- day Puyallup Fair Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The duo, known as Slim & Curly will entertain fairgoers riding their miniature horses and spinning yarns and humor of the wild west. (Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer)

This year’s Puyallup Fair is off and running, and the warm weather combined with two three hours of free gate admission made for a busy first morning on the grounds.

Fairgoers formed long lines for Fisher scones, Earthquake Burgers and other popular treats.

The rides and games saw plenty of action, too.

Attendance figures won’t be in for hours, but last year’s opening day drew 75,234 people. The fair draws more than 1 million people total over its 17-day run.

The fair kicked off at 10 a.m. today with a rodeo parade and cattle drive through downtown Puyallup. Hundreds lined the streets as cattle thundered past, followed by draft horses and Joint Base Lewis-McChord color guards.

Jimmy Manes, 7, of Puyallup, who came with his family, loved the marching bands the best. He said he could imagine participating in the parade one day himself.

“I’d play the violin,” he said.

He and his family weren’t planning to go in the fair gates that day. But plenty of other parade-watchers were.

For opening day only, admission was free the first two three hours.

Amy Cross, 36, of Bonney Lake, said she always swings by the animal exhibits. And the pumpkins are fun to check out, too, she said. She was set to do the Puyallup with her sister-in-law Natascha Rogers, 32, and Rogers’ young son.

The little boy – Logan, 3 – wasn’t feeling too talkative as he waited for the cattle and horses to thunder past.

But his mom said she was excited to show him the fair.

“I loved going when I was a kid,” she said. “I always loved it.”



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