Do the Puyallup: 18 Must-See Washington State Fair Attractions

If you grew up in Washington, there’s a pretty good chance that you can sing the “Do the Puyallup” jingle without missing a beat. A September mainstay for more than 100 years, the Washington State Fair is the largest and most beloved fair in the state. You’ll find all the traditional fair favorites like the 4H barns and rodeo, and of course the dizziness-inducing rides, but even if this is an annual event for your family, you’ll be excited to see that there are tons of fun, awesome (and new!) attractions awaiting you this year at the Washington State Fair Events Center. Check out our favorites (as well as our Survival Guide) and map out your must-do list to ring out the summer with a fair adventure worthy of a “Yee-Haw!”

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Even if your kiddos love the baby animals and watching juggling clowns, it’s fair to say that once they get to SillyVille, they’ll be happy to hang out here for the rest of the day. All the rides are built just for little kids (head to the Midway Rides for the Extreme Scream, Cliff Hanger, Inverter and Inferno). This is where you’ll find all your favorite old-fashioned rides (the Merry-Go-Round, the Giant Slide and Tilt-A-Whirl) as well as new soon-to-be favorites, like the Kiddie Whip, the River Ride and the Quad Racer. Be sure to jump on the pint-sized C.P. Huntington Train for a ride through SillyVille and a tunnel full of dinosaurs. New this year is the SillyVille Soda Shoppe with a great kiddie menu.

Find it: SillyVille

Cost: Each ride requires 7-12 tickets; $0.50/ticket or buy a bundle and save. Note: Children must be 2 years old for all rides.

Open: Monday - Thursday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

  1. SillyVille
  2. Crazy Worlds 5D Adventures (New!)
  3. Luminasia! (New!)
  4. Cirque Manifique
  5. The Rootin' Tootin' Rodeo
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Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Avenue SW
Puyallup, Wa 98371
253-845-1771 or 253-841-5045
Online: (click here for driving directions)

Open: September 6-22, 2013
Mondays – Thursdays: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sundays: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Cost: Youth, $9 (ages 6-18); Adults, $12.50; Seniors, $9. Kids 5 and under are free! Buy tickets online and at participating Walgreens, Safeway and Fred Meyer stores.

What are your Washington State Fair favorites? Know of any special events or attractions that we missed? Share them below and we’ll make sure to add them to our list!

–Katie Gruver

Photo credits to Washington State Fair, Larry LamsaNancy Xu, Chelsea Nesvig and Christine Majul.