A bigger footprint means more fun at Puyallup’s Washington State Spring Fair, April 14-17

Lumberjack show, racing pigs, rides and tempting food are part of this annual spring celebration

Puyallup, WA – March 1, 2016 – Toss the doldrums of winter behind and get out and enjoy the Washington State Spring Fair, April 14-17, 2016 at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. The footprint of the Fair is four acres larger, promising more rides, more food, more shopping, and lots more fun for young and old alike.

Spring welcomes newborns with gusto, whether it is baby farm animals or bulbs ready to break through to become beautiful flowers. Check out the 4-H and FFA students showing their steers, hogs and lambs at the annual NW Jr. Livestock Show and Sale, get home and gardening ideas at the Northwest Living & Garden exhibit, or shop to your heart’s content at 325 vendor and artisan spots.

With the footprint expanding on the SW side of the facility to now include SillyVille, the Wild Cat, Giant Slide, C.P. Huntington Train and more will provide whirling fun for riders. The added space also means the addition of 12 more food booths (totaling 72!), so guests can keep their energy high as they enjoy memorable family fun.

NEW features to check out

  • TimberWorks Lumberjack Show:  This free show is best described as Paul Bunyan meets modern-day lumberjack athletes. World renowned athletes clad in checkered shirts and steel-toed boots take part in ax throwing, log rolling, cross cut sawing, hot sawing and chainsaw carving. You’ll learn about the nostalgia of lumberjacks in logging camps in early Washington.
  • “Kids Can Cook” cooking show:  Celebrity Chef Dianne Linderman shares 30 years of expertise in working with kids in this kids cooking show. It is interactive, and introduces kids to how fun and simple it is to create delicious, healthy farm fresh recipes. Free!
  • Jordan Rager is the up-and-coming country artist featured at this year’s KMPS Showcase on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Showplace Stage.
  • Inaugural Boat Bash:  Slamfest is taking it to new heights with a demolition derby featuring large cars dragging boats, in a bash like you’ve never seen before. This separate ticketed event is on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

With Kids in Mind

Kids ages 0-18 years can take advantage of Free Kids Admission on Thursday, April 14, opening day, with FREE gate admission from 2:00-10:00 p.m. A non-perishable food donation for the Puyallup Food Bank is recommended at the annual opening day food drive.

Last year we introduced Fun on the Farm, and it was an immediate hit. It features the ever-popular Fair Farm where you can pet animals, as well as Barnyard Adventure, an interactive area young kids love. Kids can try their hand at milking a pint-size faux cow, and more. All these activities are free of charge.

KidZone is an area emphasizing kids and their talents, plus some fun as well. The Annual Creative Kids Exhibit winners are displayed in the Pavilion, ranging from art to creative writing to baking and textiles. Kids 6-15 years have until April 4 to enter online at www.thefair.com/ creative-kids/. “Kids Can Cook” will also be stationed on the first floor of the Pavilion, and students in FFA will share their multi-faceted projects. Master gardeners will also be on hand helping teach kids to garden.

Tot Spot, found right inside the Red Gate will feature AG-Ventureland, a hands-on paradise for young kids. Free face painting for kids up to 12 years is also located in Tot Spot.

The second floor of the Pavilion is dedicated again this year to the Puyallup School District STEM Showcase, where students are encouraged to team up on invention and technology projects in this Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum-based learning program.

In addition to Puyallup School District’s STEM Showcase, the district will also feature their Diversity Celebration, featuring student displays and demonstrations. Students will command the Showplace Stage on Saturday, sharing their talents in demonstrating diversity. Guests are also invited to drop by and see some great artwork featuring the second grade art project and junior high poster contest with Puyallup School District.

Free Entertainment

Both the Coca-Cola Stage and the Showplace Stage will offer a wide variety of free entertainment. The Coca-Cola Stage features Matt Baker, comedy + stunt show, and Brady Goss, piano player all four days, and The Gothard Sisters, celtic trio on Saturday. The Showplace Stage features The Gothard Sisters Thursdcay and Friday, the KMPS Showcase featuring Jordan Rager Friday night, and a variety of entertainers the remainder of the Fair. Strolling entertainers will be found around the grounds throughout the Spring Fair, from Matt Henry, a bubble entertainer to Buck Trout, a puppet entertainer, right down to Wild About Gorillas, a realistic gorilla entertainer. Other strolling entertainers will surprise and delight guests.

NW Living & Garden

The Northwest Living & Garden Show, sponsored by Sleep Train includes nearly 50 vendors representing the finest in home living. Nurseries, garden shops, non-profit organizations and clubs, and landscape artists will take part. Again this year is the awe-inspiring display by Marenakos Rock Center. Guests will be inspired with ideas perfect for their own garden.

Garden guru Ciscoe Morris is back to answer gardening questions live on KIRO Radio on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Sleep Train ShowPlex.

Motorsport Mayhem

Motorsport Mayhem, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, is revved up to return, bringing auto action to the Spring Fair. The Monster Truck Show, produced by WGAS Motorsports will be held on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show will follow at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Slamfest Demolition Derby, produced by Evergreen Speedway/High Road Promotions, will feature a slamming good time on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks show. The Sunday Demo Derby features the inaugural Boat Bash, with large cars dragging boats. The fun begins at 4 p.m. The demo derbies include Figure 8s, and Slamfest heat races. History Channel’s American Daredevils reality TV star, Mr. Dizzy will perform a stunt at both derbies.

Monster truck rides will be available Thursday from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Friday from 2:00-6:00 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Visit http://www.thefair.com/spring-fair/motorsport-mayhem/ to purchase Motorsport tickets.

Animals and more animals

You’ll find animals at more places than just the annual Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Baby animals in the Fun on the Farm exhibit are certain to captivate kids of all ages. Other animal shows include the pygmy goat show, Irish dexter cattle, and the Junior Poultry Exposition.

Two popular features that are free of charge to Fair attendees include amazing leaping canines at DockDogs, plus the ever-popular racing pigs with Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, sponsored by Reber Ranch. Both draw huge crowds at their multiple performances each day.

Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day, presented by KVI 570 AM and KOMO News Radio 1000 AM/97.7 FM will be held from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, April 15 with free gate admission to active, reserve, retired military and their dependents, plus disabled veterans with valid military ID.

Tickets, Hours, Parking

Advance discount gate and ride tickets to the Spring Fair are available online at www.thefair.com mid-March until April 13, as well as at select Fred Meyer Stores, Safeway and Albertson’s stores at Pierce and South King County locations, and South Hill Mall for $7.50 (adults), and $6.50 (students 6-18 years). Adult gate tickets are $10 at the gate, and Students (6-18 years) are $8 at the gate. Children five years and under are free.

Combination event and gate tickets and family four-packs for the Monster Truck Show and Slamfest Demo Derby are on sale, with discount pricing through April 14. Print your tickets online at www.thefair.com in advance, and omit standing in line at the gates.

The Quack Pack includes everything you need for a fun-filled family outing at the Spring Fair! It includes two adult and two student (ages 6-18) Spring Fair gate admissions plus a Ride & Game FunCard with 120 tickets (rides and games require more than one ticket). They are available mid-March until April 13, online for $68 ($96 value) at www.thefair.com.

Hours are Thursday (4/14) from 2 – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday (4/15-4/16) 10 am – 10 pm; and Sunday (4/17) from 10 am – 8 pm. Parking is free. Advanced reserved premium parking is available for $10 in advance / $15 day of arrival only at www.thefair.com. The website also offers updated activities and times.

The 2016 Washington State Spring Fair first started in 1990. Today it draws nearly 150,000 guests during its four-day run. Animals, the NW Jr. Livestock Show, free entertainment, kids’ activities, Motorsport Mayhem and much more attract large crowds to this celebration of spring each April. For more info about the Spring Fair, April 14-17, 2016, or the Sept. 2-25, 2016 Washington State Fair (closed Tuesdays), visit www.thefair.com.

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