New features add to fun at Washington State Fair in Puyallup

The Washington State Fair takes place Sept. 1-24, 2017 in Puyallup.

It’s time for fun at the state’s biggest annual attraction, the Washington State Fair, opening Friday, Sept. 1, and continuing through Sept. 24 with rides, food, 4-H shows, entertainment, exhibits, vendors and more for all ages.

Midway rides are always a fair favorite, with an array of choices from the thrilling Extreme Scream to this year’s new Circus Jumbo flying-elephant ride for kids. The fair’s Antique Carousel celebrates its 100th birthday this year with events including a wedding hosted by a local radio station on Sept. 11.

A day at the fair isn’t complete without animals: admiring a litter of little piggies at the Piglet Palace; petting bunnies, llamas, goats and more at the Fair Farm; and checking out Percherons, Clydesdales and other workhorses at daily Draft Horse exhibits and demonstrations. Other animal shows and displays feature dogs and miniature horses, Sept. 1-4; Animals of the World, Sept. 7-13; pygmy goats, Sept. 21-24; and rabbits and cavies, Sept. 10-14.

Washington State Fair

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 1; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 2-3; 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 4; closed Sept. 5-6, then 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays; 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 24

Cost: $14/adults, $10.50/ages 6-18 and 62+; ages 5 and younger free; ages 18 and younger free Sept. 1-4; free admission for active, reserve and retired military and National Guard with ID and their dependents Mondays

Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup

More info: 253-841-5045 or

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