After months of dreary winter weather, there are few better ways to welcome the warmer months than by getting out of the house and heading to the beloved Spring Fair in Puyallup. With this year’s exhibits, attractions, free entertainment and food, the Spring Fair is a not-to-be-missed community event. The fair happens April 19-22, with a variety of events taking place throughout the weekend.
“This event is a celebration of spring, and is often the first time people really get out of the house since winter,” said Public Relations Counsel Karen LaFlamme. “It has a country fair feel, where people often run into their neighbors and reconnect.”
New this year is the NASCAR Experience, giving auto enthusiasts a chance to experience the thrill of a race car on an authentic simulator reaching speeds of up to 190 miles per hour.
Monster truck shows and demolition derbies will also take place throughout the weekend, with a free pit party following the Sunday performances. “People can come out to this party and see up close just how damaged the cars are, and also meet the drivers,” said LaFlamme.
The Slam Fest Demolition Derby takes place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visitors should also to stick around after the Saturday night performance to enjoy a fireworks show around 9 p.m. The Monster Truck Show takes place Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Also new this year is Rock U: The Institute of Rock ‘N Roll, a free, hands on exhibit where visitors can try different instruments, or even step on the mega piano keys made famous by Tom Hanks in the film “Big.”
Additional shows and highlights taking place this year include garden guru Ciscoe Morris, appearing April 20 from 1-3 p.m., the annual KMPS Showcase April 21 at 6 p.m., featuring an up-and-coming country musician, the beloved Timberworks Lumberjack Show and the Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale.
Fiesta Mexicana will feature a variety of authentic traditional music, food and dancing straight from Mexico. Located in the Contest Arena at the south end of the fairgrounds, Fiesta Mexicana will feature traditional music from local artists along with the popular Dancing Horses performance, featuring talented riders and horses moving and dancing to music.
Although the Spring Fair has a slightly smaller footprint than the Puyallup Fair in the fall, many of the rides will be open – including the beloved roller coaster and Extreme Scream attraction. And have no fear – Fair favorites such as scones, Krusty Pups, onion burgers and caramel apples will be on hand when hunger strikes.
The weekend opens Thursday at 2 p.m., with free gate admission for children age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of a nonperishable food item to benefit the Puyallup Food Bank. Children 5 and under are always free. Regular admission for adults is $9 ($7.50 in advance) or $7 for students ($5.50 in advance). For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.thefair.com.