Where: Puyallup Fair & Events Center, Puyallup, WA
When: Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 23, 2018
Hours: Sun - Thu: 10 am - 10 pm,
Fri & Sat: 10 am - 11 pm. Closed Tuesdays. (Closed Tuesdays & September 5).
Getting There: Located minutes from Tacoma on I-5 Exit 135 to Pioneer Way E. -> 72nd Street E. then turn right to 5th St. SW and follow signs to the Fair.
Located only minutes from Tacoma and 35 miles from Seattle, the Washington State Fair (formerly known as the Puyallup Fair) is the state's biggest annual event.
Every year, it attracts some 1 million visitors to fun, food, and entertainment at the 160-acre Puyallup Fair and Events Center.
First organized by a handful of families in the early 20th century, the big event became known as the Puyallup Fair in 2007 before changing its name to the simpler Washington State Fair in 2013.
Today, the Washington State Fair in Puyallup remains one of the state's most popular early fall attractions combining a concert lineup with major headliners and state-of-the-art amusement rides -- with old fashioned bronco busting, folk art, farm animal exhibits, and lots and lots of food!
This year, watch for the Washington State Fair to kick off the Friday of Labor Day weekend on August 31. It ends on the last Sunday of the month on September 23, 2018. As usual, the fair will be closed on all Tuesdays throughout its three-week run.
2018 Washington State Fair concert lineup
Another spectacular concert lineup is planned in 2018 that in the recent past has included such names as including country superstars Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, and Tim McGraw.
The 2018 Washington State Fair concert lineup was announced earlier in the year with reserved concert seating at the Events Center. Usually, ticket prices range from $30 - $75 and includes general admission to the Fair.
The 2018 Washington State Fair concert lineup
includes Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith.
Sunday, September 2 - Florida Georgia Line
Monday, September 3 - Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Saturday, September 15 - Toby Keith
Saturday, September 22 - Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias
Sunday, September 23 - Rascal Flatts
What else to see and do at the Fair
For a unique blend of entertainment, also check out a very popular hypnotist act guaranteed to amaze and delight kids of all ages. For more local wizardry, don't leave the fairgrounds before taking in the Hobby Hall — featuring wood carvings, egg art, ceramics, stained glass, hand crafted dolls, doll houses, and all manner of operating whirligigs and doodads.
While Puyallup features the familiar cotton candy, lemonade and deep fried everything, it's also often recommended that visitors find their way to the Young Life Pie Booth for a warm smile and a fresh slice of "the best pie on earth." For roller coaster fans, also don't miss a climb aboard the antique wooden roller coaster built in 1935, offering old-fashioned clickity-clack turns, spins, and thrills.
As one recent fair goer put it, "I wish the Fair was open all year round!"
DID YOU KNOW? Washington State Fair fun facts
Worth a million: A rIde on the antique carousel.
• Opened on a vacant lot (near the present location of Pioneer Park), the "Valley Fair" first opened from October 4-6, 1900. Admission was $1 per family for all three days.
• The Fair had its first carousel in 1923 featuring a Wurlitzer band organ. Today, the restored antique carousel is now valued at $1.3 million and located in its own building in front of the Exposition Hall.
• In 1991, the Puyallup Fair was the first major fair in the United States to feature the latest craze, bungee jumping.
• Fisher Fair Scones (dripping with honey butter and jam) celebrated their 100th Anniversary by serving their 100 millionth scone during the 2011 Puyallup Fair.
• By 2016 the Washington State Fair became so popular than it extended its schedule from two weeks to its present three-week run.
More information about the Washington State Fair around the Web:
TheFair.com - The official site of the Washington State Fair with a complete guide to dates and schedules, concert lineup, ticket prices and information, major attractions, photos, maps and directions.
Washington State Fair- Wikipedia guide to the annual fair including a brief history, attendance records, photos and related resources.