Contact: Karen LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024 or cell (253) 691-2005

The Western Washington Fair Association, Puyallup, WA has announced the 2004 dates of two of Washington's most popular fairs. The Puyallup Spring Fair, the 8th largest fair in the state, will be held April 15-18, and the Puyallup Fair, one of the top 10 fairs in

the world, will be held Sept. 10-26. Both fairs will be held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Puyallup Spring Fair

The Puyallup Spring Fair, which started in 1990, will operate the following times:

Thursday, April 15 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday, April 16 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 17 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 18 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

In addition to 300+ exhibits, rides, food and animals, a popular Puyallup Spring Fair feature will be the Garden Show. Celebrated garden experts Ciscoe Morris, Scott Conner, Ed Hume, and Marianne Binetti are slated to appear. Local florists will also feature a design contest. Young guests will enjoy Nickelodeon's animated "Hey Arnold." The enthusiasm of all grade levels for the annual Puyallup School District science fair means a return performance of the event, "Science Exploration 2004" featuring projects created by students. The KidZone, Creative Kids Exhibit, and Northwest

Junior Livestock Show and Sale are also highlights. Rising star country group Blue County will be showcased by KMPS-FM on Friday evening.

Midway rides, free children's face painting, traditional Fair foods, baby animals, and arts and crafts are a sampling of the activities that draw guests each and every year to the Puyallup Spring Fair.

Advance discount gate tickets and ride ticket discounts will be available as the date draws closer. Tickets purchased at the Fair gate will be $8 for adults, $6 for youth (6-18 years), and free for children five and under. Parking is also free.

The Puyallup Fair

The Puyallup Fair, which started in 1900, is one of the top ten

fairs in the world for attendance. The 17-day event traditionally starts the Friday after Labor Day. Kicking off opening day festivities will be the second annual Puyallup Fair Western Rodeo Parade down Puyallup's Meridian Street in the morning. The Fair hosts the state fairs for 4-H, FFA and Junior Poultry Exposition, as well as numerous regional and national animal shows.

The Sept. 10-26 event will include top name entertainment, five free

entertainment stages, traditional buildings such as floral, Home Arts, Hobby Hall, and photography. The 2004 special art show will feature internationally recognized artist Charles Wysocki's works.

Family fun will prevail, with midway rides, tempting Fair food, the PRCA Rodeo, countless free activities, animals and concessionaire exhibits. Discount gate admission tickets, value packs, and season passes will also be available. The Puyallup Fair is commonly known as the last hurrah to summer in the Pacific Northwest.

For further information about the Puyallup Spring Fair and Puyallup Fair, visit our website at or call the 24-hour hotline at (253)841-5045.

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