The Washington State Fair in Puyallup — the 10th largest fair in the nation — opens Sept. 6, running for its traditional 17 days.
The Fair kicks off with the annual cattle drive and the Washington State Fair Western Rodeo Parade. It will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. on Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup. Gate admission is free from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6, with a recommended non-perishable food donation for Puyallup Food Bank.
New features for the 113th running of the fair include:
* Luminasia: This ancient lantern-making craft has been transformed and modernized to dazzle its audience in this larger-than-life production. Artisans from China have been on the grounds in Puyallup since August 3 assembling this exhibit. Over 50,000 state-of-the-art bulbs are used to illuminate this spectacle for viewing both day and night.
Wander through a lantern-lit ferry boat, gaze at tulip fields and majestic totem poles combined with Eastern lanterns, including lotus flowers, a dragon, pagodas, and much more. This is a separate ticketed event, and tickets are available online at www.thefair.com.
* Rainier Rush: Coaster enthusiasts will love the debut of Rainier Rush. This looping inversion coaster takes riders more than 60 feet in the air through wild loops, along wavy tracks and bendy curves. The 80-degree banked inversion is unique, offering a fear factor exciting for every family member.
* Opening weekend Comcast Dizzy Pass bracelet. This is a first, a weekend bracelet on Sept. 7-8. Sold for $35 on site, they include all rides except Extreme Scream and Rainier Rush.
* Laser shows (nightly at 9 and 9:30 p.m.), and fireworks spectacular (Fridays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 at 10 p.m.) – Take advantage of a great laser show every night of the Fair, right near the Planting Patch.
Top-name entertainment highlights the Columbia Bank Concert Series again this year. Headliners range from Carrie Underwood to Kid Rock, and Larry the Cable Guy to Trace Adkins. Purchase tickets at www.thefair.com/concerts, and you can select your seating. Free entertainment stages and strolling entertainers feature something for all ages.
Gates open at 10 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends.
Tickets at the gate are $12.50 for adults, $9 for students (6-18) and seniors (62 and up). Kids 5 and under are free.