Nothing says end of summer fun better than a trip to the Washington State Fair. Whether it’s the famous deep-fried foods and wild rides or blue ribbon livestock and live entertainment, there’s plenty of reasons why this fair is our region’s biggest event of the year. But before you pile your crew into the wagon and “do the Puyallup,” click through the gallery to see the top choice events to make the most of this year’s celebration.

Watch a Cattle Drive & Parade

Round up your city slickers and make your way to the opening day parade! Attendees will watch in amazement as a spectacular cattle-led procession travels the streets of downtown Puyallup. There will be military marching bands, draft horse hitches, equestrian drill teams and royalty along the way. Afterwards you can enjoy free entrance fees to the fair (10 a.m.-noon) with a suggested school supply donation supporting Communities in Schools. Psst...be sure to hit up the $2 Rodeo Breakfast being served at Pioneer Park from 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., where you can fill the Littles up before shelling out for the more expensive fair food inside.

Learn More: Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive
Cost: Free
When: Fri., Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.

Find it: Meridian St. in Downtown Puyallup

photo: Washington State Fair Facebook page

  • Watch a Cattle Drive & Parade
  • Discover the Dinosaurs
  • Spend Time With a Superhero
  • Get Your Thrills on the SillyVille Rides
  • Train Up Your Buckaroos at AG-Ventureland
  • Watch a Kid-Sized Rodeo
  • Visit With Exotic Animals
  • Take in a Free Concert or Performance
  • Test Out a New Outdoor Activity
  • Score a Free Face Painting
  • Cuddle Up With Some Farm Animals
  • Catch a Rising Star
  • Take a Tractor Ride
  • Welcome Baby Pigs into the World
  • Spend Some Time on the Farm
  • Discover a New Craft of Collection
  • Experience Food You Can't Get Elsewhere
  • Score Some Deals and Discounts

Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, Wa 98371
253-845-1771 or 253-841-5045
Online: thefair.com

Dates: Sept. 2-25, 2016
Wed.,Thurs., 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Fri.,  10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays

Pre-fair tickets can be purchased online through Sept. 1, 2016, or at participating stores from Aug. 15-Sept. 25 for $10/Adults; $7.50/Students (6-18); FREE for children 5 and under. Regular fair prices are $12.50/Adults; $9/Students (6-18); 5 & under Free.

Parking: Check here for fair parking locations. Costs are $10/weekdays and $15/weekends.

What are your family’s Washington State Fair favorites? Share ’em with us in the Comments below!

— Rachael Brandon