Last week the kids were dismissed early for what’s called “Fair Day”. The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually here in the state of Washington. It also continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States.
It’s a huge fair, it covers 160 acres! Up until 2006, the fair was officially known as the “Western Washington Fair.” The name of the fairgrounds was changed to “The Puyallup Fair and Events Center” (because it’s located in Puyallup [pronounced: pew-al-əp]), which resulted in the tag line “Do the Puyallup!”
Those that are they renamed the fair yet again in 2013 as the “Washington State Fair”, but they did have the decency to keep the tagline “Do the Puyallup” – which is a good thing, because I keep using it regardless. #OldSchool.
I have great memories going to the fair as a kid, I even entered crafty stuff in the 4H building like a Barbie diorama and my deer collection – winning a blue ribbon for both. Princess Nagger has decided she wants to enter her Furby collection next year, so that will be cool!
We wandered aimlessly, taking in all the sights, making sand art, eating fair food, playing games along the midway winning stuffed animals for the kids. we didn’t go on many rides – the lines were long and Princess Nagger chickened out on going on one of the roller coasters.
The one ride I always have to go on is the giant Ferris wheel – it’s the perfect opportunity to get some great shots of that portion of the fair grounds. It was such a gorgeous day, it was a must:
The seats are gondola style, so I thought the hubby would be able to handle it, in spite of being afraid of heights.
I thought wrong. Even Princess Nagger chickened out, so it was up to me and Little Dude to brave the heights. He turned out to be a perfect riding companion:
Beautiful day, beautiful view:
If you look closely, you’ll see a couple of chickens in that shot:
Here’s a closer look:
One of them looks like she has really big feet from that angle…heh! The midway is so vibrant and colorful:
Next year we plan to go with friends and family for even more fun – and less chickens for more rides.
Do you have a State Fair in your neck of the woods? If so, what’s your favorite part or ride?
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