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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  1. I have not been to the Ohio State Fair since we’ve been here; my bad. However, we attended the Texas State Fair – the largest in the country – every year until I moved away. In fact, the last 8 years or so before her death, my mother did a cake decorating demonstration every day in the Arts and Crafts building (well, that’s what it was called when I was a kid; I think they’ve changed the name but I can’t remember what). It was one of the most popular events in the fair – so much so that she got invited to be on David Letterman!
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    1. That’s yet another commonality between you and I – I attended the Puyallup Fair every year before moving to PA…but never ever attended their largest fair, the York Fair, the whole 17 years I lived there. Weird, huh? That Texas fair sounds awesome! And I remember you sharing about your mom being on David Letterman for her mad cake decorating skills (like mother, like daughter!) I didn’t realize that visit was a result from her fair presence! Cool!! 🙂

  2. We do have a state fair but we have never gone–it’s a 2 and half hour drive and we just haven’t seen the need to go. We have our local Jubilee Days that celebrate Wyoming Statehood and if we want a big extravaganza we can head over the hill to Cheyenne Frontier Days. We keep saying we are going to take the boys to Cheyenne, but haven’t yet because Bruiser was too little to really enjoy it.
    I did manage to locate the two who stood out the ride. At our house all would have ridden, a Ferris wheel is fun.
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    1. If this fair were a 2-1/2 hour drive, we’d probably opt out. Those Jubilee Days sound like fun! One of these days we’ll have to come out for Cheyenne Frontier Days – that sounds like so much fun, too!! 🙂

      I agree with you and your household – Ferris Wheels are fun!! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Rosey! The potential for awesome shots is always great from a Ferris Wheel! 🙂 Plus it’s fun to see so much of the fairgrounds from way up high! 🙂

    1. Your hubby and my hubby have that in common – though with my hubby, some older school kids lured him on top of a big dog house and left him there…he couldn’t get down for hours! At least they didn’t toss him…sheesh! Your poor hubby!!

    1. LOL Mary! You crack me up! I’m sure the chickens would like the company! 😉 I was surprised LD went on it, too – especially after he ‘hated’ the small roller coaster at the other park a few weeks back. 🙂

  3. For some reason I cannot sign your linky 🙁 Also, just thought I’d tell you your advertisement for Blog her (The go wild smoothie) cuts off the top half vertically – bummer – love love love the pictures. I wanna go!!! Soooooo much fun to be had there it looks like, and just look at lil’ dude’s smile hehehehe HAVE FUN Dude and Dudette!!! hehehe Thanks for stopping by my friend! HUGS.
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    1. You have the worst luck with that linky, don’t you? So sorry! No worries though, I can always add you. 😉 The ad is a rollout ad – meaning if you hover your mouse over it, it expands, and if you hover your mouse over it again, it retracts. Or is it detracts? 😉 I moved it to the right sidebar over the weekend, but moved it back because it expanded to the left vs. right on the other side. 🙂

      Glad you liked the pictures – you really should come visit the Seattle area some day, you’d have such a blast! Plus PN and LD would love how funny and crazy and adorable you are! 🙂
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