Here in the Pacific Northwest we like to round-off our summer with a party so huge Bigfoot himself has been dubbed its mascot. At this year’s Washington State Fair, there are tons of reasons – both nostalgic and new – to do the Puyallup. Flip through the gallery for our top picks worthy of your fair itinerary.

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 (9 a.m.-noon) with a suggested non-perishable food donation. 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. 11 at 10 a.m.
Find it: Meridian St. in Downtown Puyallup

photo: Washington State Fair Facebook page

  • Watch a Cattle Drive & Parade
  • Tour the Sweet History of Candy
  • Trek to the Final Frontier
  • Get Your Thrills on the SillyVille Rides
  • Train Up Your Buckaroos in a Cowboy Bootcamp
  • Watch a Show Starring the Cutest Kids Ever
  • Watch a Kid-Sized Rodeo
  • Visit With Exotic Animals
  • Take in a Free Concert or Performance
  • Test Out a New Outdoor Activity
  • Get Milk
  • 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

Dates: Sept. 11-27, 2015
Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: Pre-fair tickets can be purchased online through Sept. 10, 2015 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 them with us in the Comments below!

— Rachael Brandon