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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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Washington State Fair to host Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Shinedown, Skillet, others

The Washington State Fair announced another concert as part of its annual concert series, according to a news release Monday.

The Carnival of Madness Tour, which includes four American rock bands, is set for Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. Shinedown, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human will all perform as part of the Washington State Fair Concert Series, which runs Sept. 6-22.

Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m., according to the release. They range from $35-$45 and include fair admission.

Fairgoers can purchase tickets online at

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Pop stars Carly Rae Jepsen, Hot Chelle Rae added to long list of concerts at the Washington State Fair

A popular pair of Raes in pop music will hit the stage at the Washington State Fair in September, according to a fair news release.

Canadia Idol star Carly Rae Jepsen and the pop quartet Hot Chelle Rae will perform on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Fair’s concert series.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 1, and cost $20-$50 including Fair admission. Tickets can be purchased online at thefair.com/concerts or in person at the Fair’s box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., according to the release.

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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.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682


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 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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