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Category: Washington State Fair


Washington State Fair to begin dismantling iconic ‘cube’ with removal of cow head

The Washington State Fair continues its rebranding efforts, and will begin the dismantling of one of its iconic symbols at the Gold Gate.

Organizers plan to take down the cow head on the north side of the “cube” on Monday, the first stage in removing the canopy and ticket booths that have long carried the name “The Puyallup Fair,” according to a fair press release.

Removal of the fixture will open up the northeast entrance of the facility, according to the release.

The “cube” has long been considered the main entrance to the annual fair, which announced last year that

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More than 500 entries submitted so far in fair’s roller coaster naming contest

The Washington State Fair has received more than 500 entries so far in a contest to name its new roller coaster, according to a fair press release.

The new ride, which debuts this fall at the annual event Sept. 6-22, is a looping inversion coaster that reaches about +5.8 gravity force. That is comparable to a Formula One racing car, the release says.

The naming contest is open through midnight May 8, and anyone 13 and older can enter. The person who coins the moniker will win two season gate passes for the Washington State Fair and two vouchers valid

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FFA, 4-H students raise nearly $180,000 at Spring Fair livestock auction

FFA and 4-H students raised nearly $180,000 at the Spring Fair’s Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale on Sunday, according to a Spring Fair news release.

The students raised $179,995 at the auction, an increase of $31,395 over last year’s figure. Members prepared and showed their hogs, steers and sheep Thursday through Saturday at the annual Spring Fair in Puyallup, leading up to the auction event on Sunday.

All proceeds from the event benefit the FFA and 4-H participants, according to the release.

Butcher Boys in Puyallup purchased the 4-H grand champion steer, owned by Ryan Rogers of Eatonville. The FFA grand champion steer, owned

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Spring Fair announces winners in various Creative Kids exhibit categories

A total of 1,058 entries were submitted at the Spring Fair’s Creative Kids Exhibit over the weekend, according to a release from the fair.

The annual event in Puyallup featured artistic creations from kids in two age groups,  6-10 years and 11-15 years.  Categories included art, baking, knitting and more.

Two traditional contests that returned this year included the Seattle Fudge Parent-Child Candy Contest and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers award, which is presented to the most outstanding wheat exhibits in the yeast bread category, according to the release.

Local award winners are:



AGE    6 –

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Spring Fair greets more than 102,000 despite rainy conditions

The annual Spring Fair in Puyallup welcomed more than 102,000 people over the weekend despite chilly and sometimes wet conditions, according to a Spring Fair press release.

The weekend’s attendance was 102,090, the eighth largest in the fair’s 24-year history. Fair CEO Kent Hojem said it was the family-focused events that drew crowds despite the rain.

“We designed the Spring Fair to focus on the family, with lots of hands-on activities and free entertainment for every age group,” Hojem said in the release. “It is extremely satisfying to see that the variety we offer our guests at the Spring Fair

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VIDEO: Highlights from soggy second day at the Spring Fair

Friday was a wet day at the Spring Fair in Puyallup, but that didn’t keep kiddos and families from coming out for the annual event, which runs today through Sunday. Aussie Kingdom was a new attraction, letting kids get up close and personal with furry critters from Down Under. For more information about the fair and its events through the weekend, visit thefair.com/spring-fair.

Below is a video of some of the highlights from Friday afternoon at the Spring Fair.


Friday events at fair to feature free admission for military, fireworks and other events

The second day of the Spring Fair is going to start off wet, but the show will go on. Here is a lineup of Friday’s noteworthy events:

·        Military Appreciation Day:  All active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans simply show their military ID at the gate, and receive free admission all day. Media partner 94.1 KMPS/102.5 KZOK

·        Spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9 pm tonight

·        Monster Truck Show, 7:30 p.m., separate ticketed event. Tickets available at the Fair Box Office or www.thefair.com

·        Free pit

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Fair to debut new coaster in the fall, seeks public’s help in naming the stomach-turner

A new looping inversion coaster is set to debut at the Washington State Fair in September and the public is commissioned to come up with its moniker.

Fair organizers have launched a naming contest for the new attraction that runs through midnight May 8, according to a fair news release. Anyone 13 and older is invited to compete, and the winner will receive two season gate passes to the Washington State Fair, plus two vouchers valid for 20 rides of their choice, a prize package valued at $269.

The winner will be notified by June 17, according to the release.


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