If you go
What: The Spring Fair
Where: Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. There are four gates open during the Spring Fair: Blue Gate, at Meridian Street and Eleventh Avenue SW; Gold Gate, at Meridian Street and Ninth Avenue SW; Red Gate, Ninth Avenue SW near Fourth Street SW; and Purple Gate, Fairview Drive between Ninth and 15th avenues SW.
When: Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: adults, $12; children 6 to 18 years old, $10; children 5 and younger, free. There is a $2 discount if tickets are purchased online at thefair.com. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and is $10 Saturday and Sunday.
To learn more: For more information, call 253-841-5045.
There are few better ways in the Northwest to enjoy the start of the spring season than to attend one of the state’s biggest celebrations, the Spring Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.
This year’s Spring Fair is set to take place Thursday to April 22, with a free Military Appreciation Day April 20 for current service members, family members, retirees and disabled veterans with valid military ID.
“This is our way of saying thank you to service members, by offering free gate admission to active-duty, reserve, National Guard, retired military and their (family members),” said Stacy Howard, public relations manager for the Washington State Fair.
Howard said the Spring Fair is Washington’s biggest celebration of spring, where guests can find endless entertainment.
Several fan favorites are returning to the Spring Fair, including:
• Swifty Swine Racing Pigs,
• DockDogs competition,
• Motorsport Mayhem,
• Storybook Village,
• Pirate Parrot Patrol Show,
• Creative Kids Exhibit,
• Northwest Living and Garden Show,
• Animal exhibits,
• Outdoor Adventures with Brad’s World Reptiles and exotic animals from around the world,
• Fun on the Farm,
• Annual barbeque contest.
Some of this year’s events will have an international flair. One new activity accessible daily is the Aussie Kingdom, where guests can interact with kangaroos, wallabies, walleroos and other native Australian wildlife.
Latin culture will be celebrated April 22 with Fiesta Mexicana, which includes live musical entertainment and dancing.
Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning at 9 p.m., live fireworks shows will take place.
One budget saver for families is that kids ages 6 to 18 get into the Spring Fair free Thursday.
The Spring Fair offers a bit of something for everyone, including many activities free with gate admission. A few items require separate purchase, including Cirque Ma’Ceo, an equestrian stunt show that is new this year.
That and a Motorsport Mayhem show are the only separately ticketed items, Howard said.
Although it is a somewhat smaller event than the late summer to fall 20-day-long Washington State Fair, the four-day Spring Fair is a family-focused event with a wide range of activities and exhibits for guests of all ages.