Washington State Spring Fair Kicks off this Thursday at 2 pm

27th annual celebration of spring is a popular event in Puyallup

Puyallup, WA – April 13, 2016 – After a rainy winter, families in western Washington are looking for a fun activity for all ages, and the Washington State Spring Fair is the perfect answer. This celebration of spring runs Thursday – Sunday, April 14-17, 2016 in Puyallup. The Washington State Fair Events Center will be abuzz with animals, hands-on activities, a 20’ inflatable rubber duck posing for your next selfie, motorsports, thrilling pig racing, and a lumberjack show. Four more acres have been added to the footprint in the ride area.

Gates open at 2 pm on Thursday, with FREE gate admission for kids 0-18 years until 10 p.m. A non-perishable food donation is recommended for the Thursday Puyallup Food Bank food drive.

Once guests enter the gates, a wide range of FREE fun is in store. With rubber ducks taking the center stage again this year, a duck scavenger hunt is being offered, with the chance to win a pair of concert tickets at the Washington State Fair. There are other activities to meet a myriad of interests, ranging from baby animals to the Northwest Living & Garden Show to Motorsport Mayhem, with monster trucks and demolition derbies. Check out the FFA and 4-H students at the NW Jr. Livestock Show showing their steers, hogs and lambs. Over 325 vendor booths will sell their wares, while the midway will be alive with rides like Rainier Rush and the Extreme Scream. Fair food? Who could resist scones, onion burgers, and all of the other favorite fair foods!

New this year is the TimberWorks Lumberjack Show, with Paul Bunyan-clad athletes rolling logs, hot sawing and ax throwing. There are several shows a day, and mix raw lumberjack talent with side-slitting humor. Another new feature is Outdoor Adventures. This is THE place to learn about the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Fishing, boating, hiking, are included, as well as an encounter with a live stingray!

Three separate buildings are created for kids. Fun on the Farm, is an interactive exhibit that shows children what farmers do on the farm, from milking cows to planting potatoes to learning where your food comes from. There’s even the Fair Farm, where kids of all ages can pet baby animals. KidZone offers the Creative Kids Exhibit, master gardener activities with kids, and a new feature, Kids Can Cook. A celebrity chef teaches kids fun, healthy and tasty recipes. Tot Spot includes hands on fun and Mother Goose.

Students from the Puyallup School District will be showing their talents in a variety of ways at the 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. Students will also take part in Diversity Celebration, and their artistic talents will be showcased in the poster contest display.

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

A Friday night highlight is the KMPS Showcase, with rising country star, Jordan Rager. The free concert is held at Showplace Stage at 7:30 pm. Also on Friday is the Monster Truck Show, held in the grandstand at 7:30 pm, finishing with a fireworks show.

Saturday-only features range from gardening to cars and trucks colliding. Garden guru Ciscoe Morris will answer gardening questions live on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Sleep Train ShowPlex. A fireworks show will capture the attention of guests around the Fair on Saturday evening at approximately 9 p.m., following the Slamfest Demolition Derby.

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

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

The Northwest Living & Garden Show features the finest in home living, nurseries, landscape artists, garden shops, non-profit organizations and clubs. This year’s florist competition focuses on a theme of “It’s Rio Time.”

Motorsport Mayhem, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, brings 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. Slamfest Demolition Derby, produced by Evergreen Speedway/High Road Promotions, will feature a slamming good time on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. The Sunday performance features large cars dragging boats. The demo derbies include Figure 8s, Derby Heat Races, and Slamfest (the last car standing wins), plus an appearance by reality TV star, Mr. Dizzy, of American Daredevils. Monster truck rides will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Purchase Motorsport tickets at:  http://www.thefair.com/spring-fair/motorsport-mayhem/.

Advance discount gate tickets to the Spring Fair are available online at www.thefair.com and at Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertson stores, Reber Ranch in Kent, and South Hill Mall for $7.50 for adults ($10 at gate), and $6.50 for students 6-18 years ($8 at gate). Combination event and gate tickets for the Monster Truck Show and Slamfest Demo Derby are available at a discount online at www.thefair.com by April 14. Parking is free in official Fair lots. Reserved Premium Parking is available 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. Visit www.thefair.com for 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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