Those were among the new features announced today for the 24th annual event, which will take place from April 18 to 21 at the recently renamed Washington State Fair Events Center - formerly the Puyallup Fair & Events Center – which is located at 110 Ninth Ave., SW, in Puyallup.
The Aussie Kingdom will showcase Australian marsupials (kangaroos, wallabies, walleroos), birds (kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets) and lizards in three daily installments. The new feature will add to the 4H livestock displays, monster trucks, demolition derbies, dancing horses at Fiesta Mexicana and 400-plus exhibition booths spread out over the fairgrounds.
Every year, the stations bring an up-and-coming country talent to the Fair. This year's acts haven't been announced. But, in past years, the radio showcases have featured the likes of Dierks Bentley, Ashton Shepherd, Joey and Rory and Justin Moore, acts that have gone on to greater notoriety and bigger venues.
Most days, fair admission will be $10 for adults, $7 for students, aged 6 to 18 and free for children younger than 6. However, minors will be able to take advantage of free admission opening day, from 2 to 10 p.m. on April 18. And, on April 19, members of the armed services will get free admission with valid military ID as part of Military Appreciation Day.
Organizers are also fair visitors bring non-perishable food donations for Puyallup Food Bank. Other ticket information and the most up to date schedule of events can be found on the Fair web site.