Puyallup Fair Kicks Off with Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive

Troop of 32 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Will Be a Highlight

Puyallup, WA – Sept. 7, 2005 – This year’s Puyallup Fair, Sept. 9-25, will kick off with the annual Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, on Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup and this year will include a troop of 32 scarlet-coated Royal Canadian Mounted Police riding on majestic black horses.

A herd of Mexican Corriente steers being driven down Meridian Street will be followed by nearly 50 units. Those attending the parade will enjoy equestrian drill teams, draft horse hitches, military marching bands, great musical entertainment, royalty, Puyallup Wranglers, cowboys on horseback, and even the celebrity characters, the Rugrats. The cattle and parade start at Main Street down to 7th Avenue SW, then turn west a block and continue on 9th Avenue SW to the Red Parking Lot.

This will be the debut appearance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Fair. They will perform their “Musical Ride” daily, except Mondays. Their show will be held in the Paulhamus Arena, and is free upon gate admission. Their stables are on the grounds near the Green Gate, and guests are invited to visit.

Bill Stoner, Fair board member and community leader had been scheduled as the Grand Marshal. Following his untimely death this summer, the parade will instead be in his honor.

When the parade is over, attendees can walk to the Fairgrounds to take advantage of an opening day special of free gate admission from 10 am – noon on Sept. 9th.

The near hour-long Western Rodeo Parade is sponsored by Longhorn Barbecue.

The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 9-25, 2005 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.

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