Washington State Fair Photo Gallery

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    Showplex Building at the Puyallup Fairgrounds

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    ••• Showplex Building at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. © Angela M. Brown

    Pictures from the Puyallup Fair

    The Washington State Fair in Puyallup is a favorite Pacific Northwest tradition marking the end of summer. These Puyallup Fair pictures showcase some of the fun rides, greasy food, colorful flowers, and farm animals that are all a part of this traditional country fair. The Washington State Fair in Puyallup is also well known for its rodeo and big-name concerts.

    The Puyallup Fair's old red buildings, used for agricultural and commercial exhibits for years, have been replaced by the Americraft Showplex building. In addition to a variety of expositions held throughout the year, Puyallup's Showplex is available for special events and live entertainment. One nice bonus - it's climate controlled.

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    Fried Food Booth at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Fried Food Booth at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Part of the fun of the Puyallup Fair, like any country fair, is the chance to eat all sort of greasy sugary yummy food. This particular Puyallup Fair food vendor features fried foods of all kinds. Menu items like chocolate-covered bacon, fried cookie dough, fried ice cream, and fried Twinkies all sound tempting. Fried frog leg and fried alligator-on-a-stick are for the more adventurous eaters.

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    Roller Coaster and Carnival Rides at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup

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    ••• Roller Coaster Rides at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    A full-featured carnival is part of the annual Puyallup Fair festivities, including roller coasters, Ferris wheels, fun houses, kiddie rides, and games of skill and chance. Every year brings some crazy new rides that move you up and down and around, twirling in every direction you can imagine. The rides at the Puyallup Fair are always popular.

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    Grange Exhibits at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Grange Exhibits at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    This long row of grange exhibits showcases the bounty of the state of Washington and is a favorite part of the annual Puyallup Fair. These colorful displays are filled with all of the types of fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, meats, dairy products, and other agricultural products available in the Northwest. Daily contests are held where fairgoers vote for their favorite grange exhibit.

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    Animal Buildings at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Animal Buildings at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    These buildings house some of the animal exhibits at the Puyallup Fair, including the draft horses and the poultry and rabbits. The types of animals you can see vary throughout the fair. One day it could be bunnies of all kinds, later its pigeons. You can usually see some baby animals, including hatching and newly-hatched chicks. The barns that house cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep are in a separate location at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

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    Petting Zoo at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Petting Zoo at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    The petting zoo at the Puyallup Fair always features small and cute animals that appeal to kids of all ages. Pygmy goats, piglets, bunnies, and fancy chickens are just some of the critters you can see at the Puyallup Fair.

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    Vintage Train Ride at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Vintage Train Ride at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Both kids and adults can enjoy a ride on the C.P. Huntington Train in the carnival area at the Puyallup Fair. The train circles a portion of the ride section at the fairgrounds, running on 24-inch tracks. The vintage train and its station are part of Sillyville, the Puyallup Fair's kiddie carnival.

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    Vegetable Entries at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Vegetable Entries at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Gardeners are always proud of the produce they grow in their very own garden. Every year at the Puyallup Fair these gardeners share the results of their loving labor by entering their fruits and veggies in hopes for that blue ribbon. Fairgoers will have a chance to check out many varieties of vegetables, from potatoes to tomatoes to corn. Washington fruits are also part of the competition and range from pears and apples to cherries and apricots.

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    Pumpkins at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Pumpkins at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Gardeners and farmers of all ages enter their pumpkins in the Puyallup Fair each year. These pumpkins come in many varieties that have different shapes, sizes, and colors. Pumpkins are among the hundreds of different types of vegetables and fruits on display at each fall's Puyallup Fair.

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    Prize-winning Pumpkins at the Puyallup Fair

    Prize-winning Pumpkins at the Puyallup Fair
    ••• Prize-winning Pumpkins at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    The Washington State Fair is a traditional country fair, with all the fun things one expects, including the annual contest for the largest and heaviest pumpkins. How do they get these pumpkins to grow so large? Even more perplexing - how do they move these huge pumpkins from the garden patch to the Puyallup Fairgrounds?

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    Ferris Wheel at the Puyallup Fair Midway

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    ••• Ferris Wheel at the Puyallup Fair Midway. © Angela M. Brown

    A big chunk of the grounds at the Puyallup Fair are taken up my carnival rides and games of all kinds. The huge Ferris wheel is a perennial favorite. Even if you don't hit the rides or try your luck at the midway games, it's always a fun treat for the senses to stroll through the carnival area. Color is everywhere, in flashing lights on the rides, in the prizes at the game booths, and in the tents and kiosks that sell tickets and treats.

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    Big Slide at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Big Slide at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    The Puyallup Fair at the Western Washington Fairgrounds has a large and colorful midway with many rides appropriate for small children. The big slide is always a favorite. Just climb to the top, grab a burlap bag, enjoy the panoramic fair view, then slide on down.

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    Floral Entries at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Floral Entries at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Each year gardeners of all ages and skill levels enter their flowers in the Puyallup Fair, hoping to win a big fancy ribbon. These blooming entries are always displayed in the Floral Building. The types of flowers change throughout the course of the Puyallup Fair.

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    Grange Exhibit at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Grange Exhibit at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Viewing the variety of agricultural products on display in the various grange exhibits is part of the traditional fun at the Puyallup Fair, or any country fair. Each grange exhibit features the bounty of the Pacific Northwest region, from fruits and vegetables to grains and animal products. Voting for your favorite grange exhibit is among everyone's favorite Puyallup Fair traditions.

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    Exhibit of Washington Wines at the Puyallup Fair

    Exhibit of Washington Wines at the Puyallup Fair
    ••• Exhibit of Washington Wines at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Fruits and vegetables aren't the only agricultural products features at the Puyallup Fair. Amateur wine and beer makers also submit their products for judging.

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    Foot Massage Machines at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Foot Massage Machines at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    You'll definitely walk a few miles during a visit to the Puyallup Fair. Fortunately, a variety of foot massage machines are located throughout the park. Not only to they revitalize you, they're fun.

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    Noisemaker at Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Noisemaker at Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    This interactive structure gives kids a range of opportunity to make fun noises. Located at the Puyallup Fair, kids get a big kick out of the banging, jingling, chiming fun that the noisemaker provides. Grown ups enjoy it too.

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    Carnival at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Carnival at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    Puyallup Fair visitors can take advantage of many fun carnival rides and games, ranging from wild and scary to cute and tame. Popular Puyallup Fair carnival rides include the Ferris wheel, the Wildcat roller coaster, and the big slide.

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    Swing Ride at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Swing Ride at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    The big swing ride is a wonderful way to experience the Puyallup Fair, particularly after dark. You get an elevated view of all the sparkling fair lights.

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    SillyVille Kiddie Rides at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• SillyVille Kiddie Rides at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    A large section of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup is devoted to kid-friendly rides and attractions. Known as SillyVille, it includes the vintage train ride, gentle rides, face painting, a children's garden/farm, and a food court.

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    Connell's Dahlias Booth at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Connell's Dahlias Booth at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    The colorful Connell's Dahlias booth was always located in the Floral Building at the Puyallup Fair. Their bright display features dozens of the different variety of dahlias available for planting. These dahlia varieties include pompon, ball, peony, and novelty. Gardeners could choose their own favorites and order dahlia tubers for next year's planting. Unfortunately, the popular vendor no longer exhibits at the Puyallup Fair.

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    Dahlias Display at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• © Angela M. Brown

    Throughout the course of the Puyallup Fair gardeners can learn about all kinds of flower, plants, and landscaping. Things change in the Floral Building over the two-plus weeks of the fair. One day you could find bonsai or orchids. Another day it could be roses or container gardening. And since it's a traditional country fair, you'll see prize winning plants and flowers in a range of categories. The Connell's Dahlias display booth used to be one popular vendor in the Floral Building, but they no longer attend. Dahlia enthusiasts can still enjoy the competition bloom and arrangement entries.

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    Dahlias Display at the Puyallup Fair

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    ••• Dahlias Display at the Puyallup Fair. © Angela M. Brown

    While no longer a Puyallup Fair tradition, the Connell's Dahlias display in the Floral Building was once a popular attraction.