Do the Puyallup!

// The Fair is back Sept. 7-23

  • (Patrick Hagerty)

  • (Patrick Hagerty)

  • (Patrick Hagerty)

Although there are few better reasons to do the Puyallup than to stock up on some good old-fashioned scones, this year’s lineup features more events, highlights and activities packed into two weeks than ever before. In addition to a stellar concert lineup featuring performances by Tim McGraw, Enrique Iglesias and Willie Nelson, the Fair also has brand new attractions for the curious, adventurous, thrill-seeking kid in all of us.

The Fair’s new zipline will sweep riders through a 130-foot-long journey, giving them a unique view of the grounds from 28 feet in the air. For $10, riders will be strapped into a full-body harness, and speed through Zip It. For half that price, riders can take another shot at it if they haven’t quite had enough.

“This is a truly exhilarating ride that gives people a really great view of the Fair,” said Public Relations Counsel Karen LaFlamme.

For the first time ever, the Fair will hold a non-competitive walk to benefit the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The 5K Do the Puyallup Walk to Beat Breast Cancer will take place Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. Each walker who registers will enjoy free gate admission along with a free T-shirt. “This walk is a great way to bring the family to the fair,” she said. “Why not register and walk a little bit before enjoying the Fair for the day?”

The new Rainforest Adventure exhibit is a great family attraction, featuring animals and greenery from South American rainforests. Naturalists and interpreters will be on hand to explain what guests are seeing, and they will also hold stage shows a couple times a day to showcase the animals. The exhibit is free with gate admission.

An independent exhibit called “Our Body: The Universe Within” features artful, educational displays featuring actual human bodies and organs. For a separate $7 ticket, visitors of all ages will enjoy a chance to examine the human body as a whole. Guests will journey through each of the body’s major systems, allowing people to learn firsthand how they function and relate to other systems. “People will walk out of this exhibit with an appreciation of the human body and how it works,” LaFlamme said.

Checking out these exhibits and riding a few rides is enough to make anyone work up an appetite and, as always, Puyallup Fair food exhibitors are more than eager to help out. This year’s food highlights include the infamous Earthquake burgers, curly fries and elephant ears, along the Everything Fried booth, featuring fried bubble gum, lemonade, candy bars and more. Although these specialties may not sound like the healthiest of snacks, adventurous eaters can rest assured all food – fried butter included – at the Fair is prepared using trans fat-free cooking oils.

The Fair is offering free gate admission on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon for all who donate non-perishable food items in celebration of opening day. Military Appreciation Days will take place every Monday at the Fair, and value pack tickets are available at all Puget Sound Fred Meyer locations.

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Fascinating Fair Facts from 2011

71,581 – Slide lovers rode the Giant Slide

62,702 – Kids of all ages loved the roller coaster

25,350 – People got a thrill out of the Extreme Scream

15,000 – Children had their faces airbrushed in Mazatlan’s face painting station

378 – People were lost (and found) at the Lost Persons station

6,876,000 – Feet of toilet paper were flushed away

127,513 – Darigold chocolate milk samples were tasted

69,875 – Aluminum cans made it to recycling bins

15,531 – Military troops and their dependents enjoyed free gate admission during Military Appreciate Days

1,159,527 – Warm fair scones were enjoyed

90,000 – Pounds of nonperishable food donated on opening day

24 – Countries were represented with entries in the International Photo Salon Exhibition

2012 Concert Series

Willie Nelson – Sept. 7, 8:30 p.m.

Craig Morgan – Sept. 8, 9 p.m.

Heart – Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Martina McBride feat. Aaron Watson – Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.

TobyMac feat. Jamie Grace – Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Jeff Foxworthy – Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Jackie Evancho feat. The Tacoma Symphony – Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Enrique Iglesias – Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Big Time Rush feat. Cody Simpson – Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Doobie Brothers feat. Don Felder – Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Jeff Dunham – Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Pitbull – Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tim McGraw – Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Train feat. Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer – Sept. 23, 7 p.m.


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