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Weekend Pass

A day at the fair

Service members, families will get in free Sept. 10, 17

Published: 11:57AM August 30th, 2012
A day at the fair

Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

Pitbull will be on stage at The Puyallup Fair Friday, Sept. 21.

With a rich 112-year history, the Puyallup Fair returns this year from Sept. 7 to 23, celebrating the U.S. armed forces by offering free admission to all military service members, retirees, disabled veterans and their families on Mondays, Sept. 10 and 17, with valid identification at any gate.

The fair, also known as the Western Washington Fair, includes a variety of events and activities: a petting farm, face painting, flower and agricultural exhibits, a fine art show, giant pumpkin carving, a rodeo, free entertainment, and carnival rides and games.

The fair will also host its traditional concert series, including performances by Heart, Tim McGraw and Train. For a complete list of concerts and to purchase reserve seat tickets, visit www.thefair.com/concerts.

From Sept. 9 to 11, the Spirit of America Memorial will be open for viewing. A monument dedicated to the events of 9/11, it includes four life-sized bronze statues representing four types of heroes — law enforcement officers, military personnel, office workers and flight attendants. At the center is of the four figures is a space symbolic of others lost that day, with only footprints remaining. The public is allowed to stand in the space and grasp the hands of the statues on either side and pose for photos.

Military families can combine free admission with two discount days. On Sept. 10, all fair-goers receive 50 percent off all Funtastic rides and carnival games, Sillyville rides and select food items. On Monday, 17, receive unlimited Funtastic Rides (excluding Extreme Scream) and one free carnival game for $27.50 with a Dizzy Pass Ride Bracelet. Purchase the bracelet online at www.thefair.com before Sept. 6 for an additional $5 off.

“The military community is an important part of the Puyallup Fair, through participation in our parade, free entertainment stage performances, and other activities,” Karen LaFlamme, a media representative for the fair, said. “We welcome the troops and their families to take advantage of free gate admission on Sept. 10 and 17. We’re honored to salute you in this way, offering a family-friendly location where you can create special lasting memories.”

New features to the fair this year include a 5K Walk to Beat Breast Cancer, with proceeds benefiting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. To register, visit www.dothepuyallupwalk.org. Also new is the free Rainforest Adventure exhibit, an authentic tropical rainforest complete with toucans and snapping turtles. Fireworks shows will also return this year, beginning each Friday at about 10 p.m.