The Washington State Fair is a big event. It's one of the world's biggest fairs and the largest attraction in the state of Washington. The event is held every September and typically lasts 21 days. It's so popular that the organizers started a smaller four-day state fair in April. The event has had a few names in its history, including the Puyallup Valley Fair, the Western Washington Fair and the Puyallup Fair, which is what many locals like to call it. Attendance is always huge at the event thanks to the wealth of entertainment, culinary delights, rides, and exhibits. Every year, well over a million people show up.
With tens of thousands of people attending each day of the fair, you know there will be no shortage of quality entertainment, interesting exhibits, and delicious food.
Here are the performers who will be gracing the stages at the fair in 2020:
• Steve Miller Band
• Carrie Underwood
• The Beach Boys
• Kidz Bop Live 2020
• Cole Swindell
In addition to those all-star performers, fair-goers will be treated to numerous exhibits, some of which are listed below.
• The Farm at SillyVille - This exhibit is a hands-on experience that essentially turns participants into farmers for a day. It's spread over an entire acre and has multiple stations to interact with. Participants learn what it's like to be part of the farming process. A few stations of note are the Dairy Barn, the Grain Silo, the Produce Barn and the Chicken Coop.
• Timber Gulch - The Timber Gulch is a time machine that transports fair-goers back to the old west. There's a saloon, a jail and even an undertaker's office with a casket that's available for photo shoots.
• Fine Art Show - At the Fine Arts Show, attendees can get a taste of Washington culture. All of the works on display are originals and many of them are submitted by local artists. They include works created in the following categories: watercolor, oils, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and computer art. Also occurring at the Fine Art Show are daily demonstrations of art creation in each medium.
• Washington State Photographers Exhibition - This exhibit displays some of the best photographers from around the state. It also features a competition that allows anyone with a penchant for snapping great photos to enter and win a prize.
The food choices at the fair match the entertainment and exhibits in terms of quality and selection. Here are just some of the food providers you'll find in 2020:
• BBQ Pete's
• Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!
• Bernie's Burgers
• Big Mama's Meat Shack
• Blue Couch Lounge
• Bobby Moos
• Bump N Run Espresso
As far as rides are concerned, there are so many of them that you might need to go the fair every day just to be able to ride each one once. Here are a few of the more than 70 fun-filled choices:
• Classic Coaster
• Construction Zone
• Dragon Wagon
• El Nino
• Enchanted Castle
• Extreme Scream
• Euro Bungee
• Antique Carousel
The 2020 Washington State Fair will be held at the Washington State Fair Events Center located at 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371.
Taking an RV to the Washington State Fair is a great idea. Having one means you can head to your home on wheels for a little break from the festivities. You might want to take a nap, grab some food or you may want to use the restroom without waiting in the long lines. With your very own RV, you can do all of those things and more.
If you don't own an RV, you can still show up in one. RVshare has plenty of RV rentals to choose from.
At the event, you'll find two lots, the Orange lot and Green lot. These are set up specifically for RV campers. Keep in mind that advanced reservations are required if you want to park your RV at the fair, and you'll have your choice of RV accommodations:
• $40 per night - Full hookup with water, power, and sewer
• $35 per night - Water and power with dump station use
• $28 per night - Dump station use but no hookups
The RVing rules are similar to most RV parks and include the following:
• No tent camping is allowed.
• RVs must be self-contained.
• Pets must be kept on a leash.
• The speed limit is 5 mph.
• No littering is permitted.
There will be plenty of RV camping spots inside the fairgrounds. However, if you feel like camping outside of the fairgrounds, you've got a few options, such as the Riverview RV Park near downtown and the South Sound RV Park northeast of town. Both offer the basic amenities you'd expect to find in RV parks, such as full hookups, a dump station, and laundry facilities.
If you would rather stay at a hotel, there are plenty of options located close to the fairgrounds. Some of the choices include a Hampton Inn and Suites, a Fairfield Inn and Suites and a Northwest Motor Inn.
The Washington State Fair is located southeast of Tacoma in the city of Puyallup. If you're coming in from the north on I-5 in Tacoma, take Exit 135 to Puyallup and follow the signs to Puyallup. At the first traffic light, turn right on Pioneer Way East and go 5.2 miles to 72nd Street East. Turn left to remain on Pioneer Way East and continue for 2 miles to 5th Street SW. Turn right on 5th Street, and you'll see the fairgrounds.
Alternatively, at that first stoplight, you can take River Road and travel 4.2 miles. Then, turn right on 18th Street NW and enter the fairgrounds.
If you're coming in from Seattle and locations north of Tacoma, take I-5 to Exit 142B and stay in the left lane. Turn right after the ramp and then left onto Highway 161. Highway 161 becomes Meridian in Puyallup. Turn right at River Road and then left at 4th Street NW, where you'll see the fairgrounds.
From Bellevue and the east, take I-90 to I-405, then take Exit 2 to 167. Head south for 20 miles to 512 West and then take the Pioneer Avenue Exit. Turn right onto 13th Street and then right at 7th Avenue.
RV parking is available in the Orange and Green lots. There are separate parking lots for vehicles; however, if your RV won't fit in a regular-sized parking space, then you'll have to opt for parking in the RV lots.
Tickets to the Washington State Fair can be purchased online starting in June. Advance purchased tickets will cost you $13 for attendees between 13 and 61 years old. Children under 13 and seniors over 61 get in for $11, and children under 5 get in for free. Add a dollar to these prices for regular admission on weekdays. On weekends, regular admission prices cost $16 for adults and $13 for children under 13 and seniors.
Tickets to concerts and major events are sold separately and can be purchased on the Washington State Fair website.
The Washington State Fair is RV friendly, which means you'll be able to fully enjoy the benefits of having one while you're in attendance. Make sure to send some of your best photos to [email protected] We'll put them up on our ever-growing RV travel blog.
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