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Washington State Fair (aka “Do The Puyallup”)

The other weekend we I attended the Washington State Fair for the first time. (Until last year it was the Puyallup Fair and it had a terribly earwormy theme song that is currently infecting the brains all those who’ve heard it before and are reading this. Sorry.) The fair was more fun than I expected it to be. And I was expecting some fun.

We were there with Scott’s parents who were staying at a lovely B&B which was run by a woman who told them that they needed to eat a Fisher’s Scone while they were there. The B&B owner worked serving the scones when she was a teenager and she told them it was something of a tradition. And so the first thing we did was get four scones (delicious, comparable to English Cream Tea). They were served in the handle bag shown above and over the course of the day I saw lots and lots of these bags (as well as lots and lots of Fisher’s counters). Thankfully Carrieann78 chimed in and mentioned that the scones are great to freeze. That explains why we saw so many people carrying full Fishers bags to their cars and also why didn’t I think of that?

Here is what else we saw:

Rodeo! We saw one of the rodeo playoffs and it was the real deal. A solid two and a half hours of people in it to win.

Circus! While Cirque Magnifique was performing people and horses were passing behind it headed to the second rodeo of the day and it was fun watching cowboys observing the people on the trapeze.

Deep fried butter! Sadly we didn’t get a chance to come back and try this. I thoroughly disappointed myself by having a sensible Caesar salad with grilled chicken for lunch. There was a shocking lack of otherwise outrageous deep fried things at this fair. It’s like we are living in a health conscious area or something. Pffft.

Baby chicken!

A chicken that looks like Phyllis Diller! A bit. Am I right?

Oliver here is pretty chill.

When in Rome.

Among the collections I noted these AOL subscription discs, The Greatest American Hero and Alf. Apparently I miss the end of the previous millenium.

Obligatory photo of adults on the big swing thingy.

My recommendations? If you’re going in the morning get there first thing, our first two hours wandering around on a Saturday morning were blissfully uncrowded. If you’re going to catch the evening hours go after 3pm, which seems to be the warmest and busiest point of the day. If you’re buying tickets to the rodeo try to get something in section #8. We had a straight-on view and I felt like all the broncos and bulls headed right for the area in front of us, also we were closer to the spot where the Mutton Busting was best viewed.

One thing we didn’t see was any competition results from Home Food Arts, like preserving, pickling and jams. We were too early for the Salsa Showdown or the Jam and Jelly Contest or the cake decorating. With all the renewed interest in those areas I assume the competition would be fierce, and I do mean that in to read as fierce in your head.

If you are really hoping to see baby bunnies check the schedule, when we were there all the chickens (magnificent chickens, don’t get me wrong) were being shown off with only a few handsome rabbits off to the side. There are different animals shown on different dates. Don’t miss Cirque Magnifique if you can. Go check out Luminasia and tell me if it’s worth it, we didn’t get a chance to see it when we were there. And, please, tell me if the deep fried butter is worth going back for. Because I totally will.

· comments [11] · 09-13-2013 · categories:seattle ·

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  • 1 Jen // Sep 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Yup. Earworm installed and functioning. ;-)

    Sounds like a nice day at the fair. I remember they had a wooden roller coaster back in the day. Is it still there?

  • 2 Haylee // Sep 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I’m dying over that deep fried butter! haha man, and I thought deep fried snickers bars at our state fair was bad.

  • 3 megan // Sep 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Jen – I believe it is! We didn’t go on the rides but I remember hearing a wooden coaster clicking and rattling as we passed by.

  • 4 Julie. // Sep 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, what’s that red building in the first photo? Is that a ride or some kind of pavilion? So awesome!

  • 5 kelly // Sep 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    i lived in seattle as a kid, and i still can’t hear someone talk about puyallup without singing that song.

  • 6 barrie // Sep 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I personally loved the cheeseball song and the old fair name. That’s what the fair is all about. Do you know why they changed it on us?

  • 7 kairu // Sep 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Sounds like an awesome day! A friend, Ashlyn Forshner (she has a B&B on Whidbey) has a chicken who looks an awful lot like that one, and her name IS Phyllis! Ha! I never thought of the connection before.

  • 8 Melissa // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    You may be intentionally set up this way, but just in case wanted to make sure you knew that people can’t share links to your posts on facebook. (I loved the Phyllis Diller look-a-like and wanted others to see.)

  • 9 megan // Sep 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Melissa – I did not set that up intentionally, thanks for letting me know something has gone wonky. I’ll try to track down what changed. Thanks!

  • 10 Lisette Wolter-McKinley // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    We love the fair and make it an annual tradition to go there. Our favorite place to eat at is Pete’s BBQ and they also have a restaurant, I believe in Kent.

  • 11 Kari // Sep 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I never missed the 4-H Cat Costume Contest when I lived up there. It’s usually the first week or two of the fair and a weekday but it’s worth faking sick to attend. I especially loved the ice cream kid with his cat dressed up as ice cream and stuffed in a large cardboard cone. Little kids and squirmy cats in costume are not to be missed!

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