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Washington State Fair: A Carnival of Delights for Families Near Seattle

In the scenic city of Puyallup, Washington, a mere hour’s journey from Seattle, the Washington State Fair emerges as a beacon of joy and entertainment for families and individuals alike. Established in 1900 and drawing over a million visitors annually, this 20-day festivity in September is a vibrant mix of traditional fair charm and contemporary attractions, making it a must-visit for anyone in the greater Seattle area seeking a memorable day trip.

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When is the Central Washington State Fair?

When: The Fair is scheduled for September 1st-24th, 2023

Time: The fair hours vary, see the website for all hours 

Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

Buy Early and Save on Tickets

Early Bird Ticket sales end Friday 8/25/2023!

More info: Ticket Information

Regular gate admission in 2023 (Weekday/Weekend): 

Adults (13+) $15/$18.

Seniors (65+) $13/$15

Kids (6-12) $13/$15.

Children Under 5 are FREE.

For new visitors, there are multiple tickets to purchase, a gate admission to enter the fair, and additional tickets for games and rides. Consider the unlimited rides wrist band if your kids love rides!

Advanced ticket sales for gate admission and unlimited rides wrist band if purchased before the opening day. See website for details.

A Seattle Carnival Experience

Looking for a carnival that’s perfect for the whole family near Seattle? Look no further than the Washington State Fair! From the bright lights to the laughter and excitement, there’s truly something for everyone here. With so many different activities and attractions to choose from, it’s the ultimate showcase of everything that makes community gatherings great. And with a strong focus on agriculture and fun, it’s easy to see why the fair is such a beloved tradition for so many people in the region.

Attractions for All Ages

The fair is a treasure trove of experiences, offering everything from animal exhibits and dog shows to a petting zoo and extensive display halls. Food enthusiasts, concert-goers, and rodeo fans will find their cravings satisfied with the fair’s diverse offerings. But at the heart of the fair’s allure are the carnival rides—a fantastic selection designed to thrill and delight visitors of all ages. With areas dedicated to younger children and others that cater to the thrill-seeking older crowd, the fair ensures a safe, fun, and exhilarating adventure for everyone.

Highlights for the Young and Young at Heart

The Farm at SillyVille: This free, interactive exhibit offers kids a hands-on exploration of farming and agriculture, making learning fun and engaging.

Carnival Rides: The fair’s assortment of rides, from gentle spins for the little ones to adrenaline-pumping adventures for older kids and adults, ensures endless fun. The fair’s mobile app, available for download, provides detailed ride information, including restrictions and hours, making planning your visit a breeze.

Making the Most of Your Visit

Parking: Parking can be difficult, there are Fair parking lot (accepts credit card) and private parking lots (mostly homes and normally cash only) around the grounds.

Food: There are plenty of food choices at a range of prices.

Carnival rides: Review the important ride information (ride restrictions, rules, and carnival hours). Download their mobile app from the Google Play or Apple App Store, which has an interactive map along with ride details and height restrictions.

The Farm at SillyVille: This free, interactive exhibit offers kids a hands-on exploration of farming and agriculture, making learning fun and engaging. This is an interactive experience exhibit, and at each station, participate in hands-on activities such as using levers and knobs to interact with the milking process, drive a combine to harvest wheat, pick fruit from the orchard, gather eggs from chickens, and explore the fascinating world of pollinators at the Bee box. Open almost daily, find their hours here.

An Alternative for Those Seeking Quiet

For visitors who prefer a quieter atmosphere, the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA, offers a similar festive experience with fewer crowds, making it a great alternative for those seeking the essence of the fair without the hustle and bustle.

Thanks for Reading!

The Washington State Fair stands out as a pinnacle of family-friendly entertainment, offering a rich blend of traditional fair attractions and modern delights. Whether you’re coming with children, as a couple, or on a solo adventure, the fair promises a day filled with joy, discovery, and unforgettable memories. So gather your loved ones, plan your trip, and prepare to immerse yourself in the magic and excitement of one of Washington’s most cherished annual celebrations.

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