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Tag: Puyallup

April
26th

VIDEO: Take a virtual ride on the new roller coaster, set to debut at the Washington State Fair in September

The Washington State Fair announced this month it will get a new permanent roller coaster at the fairgrounds. The looping inversion coaster will debut at the annual event, which runs Sept. 6-22.

A naming contest is under way for fairgoers 13 and older, and this video was released to help entrants come up with the perfect new name. The fair is accepting entries until midnight May 8 at thefair.com/spring-fair/contests.

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April
26th

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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April
23rd

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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April
22nd

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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April
19th

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.

April
19th

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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April
17th

Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers for outdoor spring cleaning event Saturday

Pierce County is requesting help with cleaning local waterways as residents dive into spring cleaning season, according to a county press release.

Trout Unlimited and Pierce County will host the Puyallup River Clean-Up from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will meet at  the parking lot next to Johnny’s Bar and Grill, at 1100 N Meridian in Puyallup, to pick up a free t-shirt, gloves and garbage bags.

“Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the environment,” Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said

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April
17th

Spring Fair opens tomorrow with free admission for kids; runs through Sunday

The 24th annual Spring Fair kicks off tomorrow in Puyallup with free gate admission for kids.

The BECU Kids Free Gate Admission runs from 2-10 p.m. tomorrow, according to a Spring Fair news release. Kids and their families are encouraged to bring food donations for the Puyallup Food Bank drive.

Last year, the food bank collected 2,500 pounds of food at the Spring Fair, according to the release.

Military members, veterans and their families will also get free admission on Friday for Military Appreciation Day. The discount is available to those with valid military identification.

The Spring Fair runs tomorrow

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