The Spring Fair
110 9th Ave. Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
Date: April 19 to April 22
Hours: Thurs – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $9 adults 18 and older/$7 students 6 to18/free kids 5 and younger
This annual fair offers four days of nonstop family friendly fun with everything from a petting zoo to a Mexican fiesta. Scarf down scrumptious fair food including carmel apples, onion burgers and stuffed scones. Watch big, loud destruction at Motor Mayhem, or send the kids out into the world of architecture in a straw-tower building contest. No matter the event, Puyallup’s spring fair brings crowds from all around for a perfect party all around.
Parking is free in the adjoining fair parking lots. Click here for a map of the parking lot.
Admission Deals and Discounts
Thursday, April 19: Free admission for kids up to age 18 with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Puyallup Food Bank.
Friday, April 20: Free admission for all current and former military and their dependents, with a valid military ID.
Visit a participating Safeway or Fred Meyer store to save $1.50 per fair admission. Discount tickets will be available beginning in late March.
Must-See Fun at the Fair
Animals are always a fun part of the fair experience from the tiniest baby bird to the biggest, smelliest cows. Kids of all ages will love getting up close with goats, rabbits and lambs at the fair’s petting zoo. Snag a front-row seat to watch 4-H members, competitive locals and FFA exhibitors compete for ribbons with their poultry and livestock. Some of the hogs and steers will be sold at auction on the last day of the fair for a fun show in area agriculture.
The Puyallup Spring Fair’s free entertainment includes the Timberworks Lumberjack Show this year. Watch as the lumberjacks compete in log rolling, axe throwing and chainsaw carving, all valuable skills for children in the state of Washington.
Family members may also root for their favorite piglets as they race around the track, or watch the dogs attempt to jump the farthest distance into a large pool after speeding down a 40-foot canine runway.
Let the kids get a little interactive at the fun, often impromptu Wild West show. Here, kids wear Wild West outfits to become cowboys, horses and the new sheriff in town. Being in the Wild West show is a great fair memory for the kids and a great photo opportunity for parents.
with food by Mazatlan Restaurant
13024 Meridian South
Puyallup, WA 98373
Enjoy all things Mexican in the contest arena this year as local musicians perform traditional music alongside artists selling their hand-made crafts. Kids may meet (and pose for pictures) with Dora the Explorer and Boots or make traditional masks over the weekend. All ages will love the dancing horses and authentic cuisine provided by the Mazatlan Restaurant.
The Spring Fair’s Kid Zone showcases local kids’ projects and provides a place for them to learn while playing. Prep for spring by viewing bugs through microscopes and taking home pumpkin seeds to plant. For even more fun, children may try their hands at being part of a rock and roll band, and those up to 12 years old get free face painting.
Ride tickets are 50 cents each (less when bought in bulk), and all rides require one or more tickets. Children 2 years and older may enjoy 15 kids’ rides, as long as they’re strong enough to hold on and meet each of the ride’s height requirements. Older children and adults may try out the 19 midway rides including a roller coaster and the lolli swings.
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Nearby Overnight Options
Hedman House Bed and Breakfast
502 9th St. Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
Price: $105 to $145 a night
Relax away from the hubbub at a great bed and breakfast with a cottage-like feel. This traditional farmhouse offers opportunities for coffee on the porch swing or a book by the fireplace. Expect a delicious breakfast and a great chat with Normajean and Neil at this B&B’s wheel.
Tayberry Cottage Bed and Breakfast
2718 9th Ave. Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
Price: $75 to $135
Just two miles from the Payallup Fairgrounds, Tayberry’s gorgeous Victorian decor, luxurious claw-foot tubs and phenomenal breakfasts promise a perfect stay. Never pass a day here without the luscious lemon closer for four, and a dip in the hot tub. Ask Don and April for a little extra attention for a group gathering and they’ll happily oblige every time.
Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.