Although Friday the 13th is considered to be an unlucky day, my friend Kathleen and I decided to spend a fun day at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, one of the top ten largest fairs in the country with more than 1 million visitors each year. With only a short delay due to a much needed coffee break, we finally made it to the fairgrounds around 2 pm and followed signs to the Gold parking lot, the one closest to the grandstand and only a two minute walk to the gold entrance.
After having our tickets scanned, we made our way to an information stand to gather up maps and started exploring the fair area. We passed a variety of animal exhibitions displaying rabbits, dogs, pigs (and baby piglets!), horses and were lucky to see one of the day’s two horse shows. Kids of all ages were enjoying a large petting zoo, tractor pull rides and magician shows. Entertainment for “big kids” is provided with extreme rides as the Rainier Rush, the Extreme Scream, the Classic Coaster and about 30 other fun rides!
After this, we enjoyed some of the free live music at the Coca Cola Stage and browsed arts and photographs at one of the exhibition halls, while snacking on original Fisher scones and fried Twinkies. As dinner time approached, we made an obligatory stop to get some corn on the cob and ended up in the international food court for tacos, salad, burgers and lemonade before heading over to the grandstand for the Fair’s nightly concert series.
It turns out that the night’s performer, country artist Carrie Underwood, is no stranger to the Washington State Fair as she performed at the Grandstand in 2008. The 90-minute show included well-known songs such as “Before He Cheats” (which, according to the crowd was definitely the favorite of the night), “Cowboy Casanova”, “All American Girl” and “See You Again”, which she performed with a three year old kid out of the audience. All in all, the concert was the perfect way to end a fun filled day at the Fair!