The Waterville NCR Fair is going on right now- It ends Sunday. We spent Thursday morning there, and had enjoyed it. The Chelan County Fair in Cashmere will run Sept. 10th-13th. And the big Puyallup Western Washington State fair is Sept. 11th thur 27th. The Puyallup Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. I made this video when they still called it the Puyallup Fair- now it is back to the Western Washington State Fair. Jan, I and Trent then, he was home schooled so it worked out great. We had so much fun, the staff was friendly and helpful. My parents first took me to the Puyallup fair when I was 12 years old after we just moved to Tacoma from North Dakota in 1966. I remember, 46 years ago, working in two of the game booths at the fair in afternoons- a year before we moved to Coulee Dam (and back when you could take half a day off from school and work.) In the 90's I also worked the WSDOT Booth in all three of these fairs, handing out maps, garbage bags and answering questions. Jan is hoping to enter some of her artwork or quilt work in the Chelan county fair. Be sure and look for it. They do not have entries for videos, do they?Puyallup FairFrom Wikipedia,
This is only photo we got from the Waterville Fair; I forgot my phone and Jan's camera said memory was full after this photo. This is the email we got from Billy's mom that evening: "The kids had a lot of fun today. Billy told me that he rode a fire truck, pet a horse and ate garbage. He tells stories. Thanks for taking them to the fair."
The Gold Gate entrance to the Puyallup Fair, 2006
Location(s) Puyallup, Washington
Attendance 1,065,208 (2010)
The Puyallup Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States. The Western Washington Fair Association hosts two annual events: the 17-day Puyallup Fair every September, and the four-day Puyallup Spring Fair every April.
Situated in Puyallup, 35 miles (56 km) south of Seattle and 10 miles (16 km) east of Tacoma in the shadow of Mount Rainier, the fairgrounds comprise 160 acres (0.65 km2), with buildings and land valued at more than $54 million. The facilities are available for rent during the year, making the grounds a valuable community resource. A staff of 55 works year-round. Over 7,500 employees are hired each September during the Fair.
The fairgrounds were known as Camp Harmony, an internment camp for Japanese Americans, during World War II.
Until 2006, the fair was officially known as the "Western Washington Fair." At that time, the former name was dropped and changed to match the more common usage. The name of the fairgrounds was changed to "The Puyallup Fair and Events Center." It is now a facility that is opened year round covering various seasonal festivals (such as the Victorian Country Christmas), races, concerts, car shows, and sporting expositions (such as the International Sportsman's Exposition).
Young fair attendees may participate in mutton busting.Attendance has grown significantly since the fair's October 4, 1900 opening, drawing more than one million people each year. Selected dates:
1993: 1,420,037 (highest attendance ever)
1980-1988: Between 1,100,000 and 1,200,000
Late 1930s: About 400,000
1922: About 130,000
1900: About 5,500 families