Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fair Play

Your curated guide to the Washington State Fair


The Puyallup Fair is upon us again, with all the freakishly huge pigs and funnel cake you can eat.

With the fair running for 17 days, you're gonna need a guide on what to do when. Here's the inside scoop on the days to hit for maximizing the fun and minimizing those pesky lines.

Sunday, Sep 8
One of the biggest draws of the Fair is three straight days of rodeo action. The essential day to hit is this Sunday for the grand finals. Bull riding, steer wrestling, and tie-down roping will all make you want to wrestle some meat yourself.
1p @Grandstand. $20-35 here

Wednesday, Sep 11
Take a day off — your boss will understand — to see legendary power-pop group Cheap Trick play the entirety of their classic Live at Budokan album from start to finish. 
7:30p @Grandstand. $25-35 here

Sunday, Sep 15
Washington's Hispanic heritage is on display with the Fiestas Patrias festival, a wild party with mariachi bands, dancers, Latin food, and good times celebrating Mexican independence.
Noon-9p @Grandstand. $32.50 here

Tuesday, September 17
After intense research, we've concluded that the absolute best day to hit the fair is Tuesday of closing week. The lines will be gone, so you can get a crack at some of the new attractions including Rainier Rush, a brutal inversion roller coaster making its debut this year.
$12.50 fair admission here

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