Word on the Street

The latest news in and around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

NOTICE: Word on the Street has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Word on the Street.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Washington State Fair 2013

June
19th

VIDEO: Washington State Fair Traveling Farm visits Lakewood elementary school

The Washington State Fair Traveling Farm made its final stop of the school year last week at Lake Louise Elementary School in Lakewood.

It teaches kids about farming and food production using a customized tractor-trailer that drives to schools within a 50-mile radius of the fairgrounds in Puyallup.

A story about the program will be featured in The News Tribune later this week. Below is a preview of what the mobile classroom has to offer kids.

June
19th

Washington State Fair announces name for new roller coaster, winners who coined it

Washington State Fair has a name for its newest ride and the two contest winners responsible for it are from East Pierce County.

The new roller coaster, set to debut in September, will carry the name “Rainier Rush” after fair staff sifted through more than 1,600 entries, according to a fair news release.

Karen Chapman of Puyallup and Melissa Hollenbeck-Barovic of Edgewood both coined the label and won two season passes to the Washington State Fair, as well as 240 ride tickets.

Two runners-up were also selected, the release says, as they used the same name concept but spelled Rainier another

Read more »

June
3rd

Cheap Trick to perform at Washington State Fair as part of annual concert series

Cheap Trick will perform as part of the Washington State Fair Concert Series in the fall, according to a Fair press release.

The hard rock group will perform on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $55, including Fair gate admission, and go on sale Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased online at thefair.com/concerts or in person at the Fair’s box office at  9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on Saturdays from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

The Washington State Fair runs Sept. 6-22. Other concerts as part of the Fair’s annual concert series

Read more »

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

Read more »