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Tag: Washington State Fair in Puyallup

July
8th

Washington State Fair announces photo, quilting contests

The Washington State Fair is inviting entrants for two photography contests, a quilting contest and a tablesetting contest, according to a Fair news release.

The 73rd Northwest International Exhibition of Photography competition draws international entries, and the Seventh Annual Washington State Photographers Exhibition is exclusive for residents in the state, the release says. Entries will be displayed during the annual 17-day fair Sept. 6-22.

For more information on rules and entering photos, visit the entries page at thefair.com.

Additionally, a tablesetting contest will be held for crafty entertainers who want to showcase their table decor

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July
8th

Washington State Fair announces fine art contests, incorporates new name into special category

Regional artists are invited to enter the Washington State Fair’s fine art contest in several categories, according to a Fair press release.

Online registration must be completed by Sunday, Aug. 4, and entries are due Aug. 6-8 at the fairgrounds. A total of $4,300 will be awarded to winners in several categories, according to the release, including water media, oils, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, digital art and miniature categories.

A separate, special competition this year invites people to participate in the “Our State Fair” themed category, and art pieces must capture the artist’s view of the State Fair experience, the release says.

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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

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April
15th

Kid Rock to close concert series at Washington State Fair

Kid Rock will wrap up the Washington State Fair’s two-week long concert series on Sept. 22, according to a news release from the fair’s public relations counsel Karen LaFlamme.

Tickets for An Evening with Kid Rock will go on sale Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and range from $45-$95. Tickets include fair gate admission, and are for sale at thefair.com/concerts or at the fair’s box office at 9th Avenue Southwest and South Meridian Street in Puyallup on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., according to the release.

The Washington State Fair Concert Series also will feature other major artists including

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