If you read my Bite of Seattle blog, you already know I’m not from around here, and I love food! So, when I was given the opportunity to attend the Washington State Fair, I jumped at the chance! I wanted to see how it stood up to the usual, Benton Franklin county fair and rodeo, which I attend annually back in my hometown of Kennewick, WA.
From Seattle Southside, it took us just under an hour to get to the fairgrounds. Luckily, there was plenty of signage to point us the right way and for $10.00, we parked in the official fair parking lot. However, there were plenty of discounted parking lots and street parking for those looking for an alternative.
Tickets were $12.50 for each adult, and surprisingly the lines were almost nonexistent: partially because we arrived around dinnertime and partially because the ticket sellers were very efficient. A quick bag search for the ladies and we were off!
As soon as we arrived our stomachs were dragging us towards the endless dining options. The first bite we grabbed was a deep fried mac and cheese turnover with bacon. It was very reminiscent of my Bite of Seattle experience! It was absolutely delicious! The only downfall was that it was too hot to eat as quickly as I wanted. Oh and I had to share, I wasn’t a huge fan of that part either!
We ventured further into the fair and came upon the Extreme Scream ride. After much deliberation, we decided against the potential stomachache and wandered further into the Fair. Fernando stopped to try one of Kaleenka’s Piroshky, infamous at Pike Place Market! He got the classic beef and cheese. It was love at first bite! He said he would be satisfied eating only these for the rest of his life!
We found a resting spot so Fernando could finish his Piroshky, while Leticia and I went and tried a Krusty Pup! It was her first corn dog experience and she loved it! Luis tried the onion burger and curly fries and was very satisfied with his greasy dinner.
Whilst sitting enjoying our food, we were joined by a couple, Leah and Pete, who are long time fair goers. They told us that Luis’s onion burger is one of the best eats at the Fair! Pete mentioned that he had tried to recreate the masterpiece at home with no success, stating, “There’s just something special in that Fair grease!” We couldn’t agree more.
Fernando and I went to look at the Hobby Hall while Luis and Leticia went and saw all the fair games. I picked up a half slice of rocky road fudge from Seattle fudge, and Fernando snagged some garlic jerky from the Jerky Bros.
We continued walking and found a booth that showcased massage chairs. We decided to try them out and upon doing so, had our worlds rocked. I would’ve been satisfied spending the entire evening with my booty planted in that chair. But alas, the salesmen said our trial run was finished and tried to sell us these $3,600 chairs. My internal college budget laughed, as I politely declined their sale pitch. It was fun while it lasted!
On the way out I saw a Sheepskin shoe booth, I stopped to check out some slippers. As I was walking away, the salesman stopped me and asked why I didn’t buy anything! I said what I wanted was out of our budget, as I’m trying to save for a wedding. He offered me a $20 discount as a wedding present! How could a shopaholic like myself resist a deal like that? Did I mention these slippers are the most amazing things to have ever graced my feet? $40 well spent!
We met back up with Luis and Leticia and decided to try something I’ve been looking forward to since birth: deep fried butter. Yes, that noise you hear actually is your arteries clogging! They advertise them as a big stick of butter, however the actual product are small butter balls rolled in dough batter, deep fried, and covered in your choice of raspberry jelly or cinnamon sugar. We tried both!
We were all hesitant to try the little deep fried balls, so we counted to three and all at once, took a bite! It was absolutely heavenly. The butter had melted into the dough and created the perfect butter to deep fried dough ratio, and the raspberry jam cinnamon sugar mix complimented it flawlessly. If you take anything from this blog, take this: try the deep fried butter! I beg of you, give it a chance before you write it off! Unless you have restrictive health issues, it’s a must do!
After our butter euphoria, we decided it was game time. Luis played the sledgehammer game, and scored a whopping 119 points, however it wasn’t enough to win a big prize. He was given a blowup hammer as a consolation prize. Check out that action shot!
Leticia tried a shooting game, where the point was to shoot a crossbow and get the arrow to hit a star without touching any black lines (aka nearly impossible). She took her position and unfortunately didn’t shoot well enough! She lost! The next game we all played together, shooting water guns into the mouth of a clown to blow up a balloon. The first balloon to pop is named the winner! We played against 8 other people and none of us were successful in our attempt. We were beat by a 9-year-old girl. We walked away feeling defeated; with heads hung low, knowing we wouldn’t speak of the loss ever again.
We continued to wander around and by the time we looked at our phone, it was 11:00pm, time to head out! The boys got an elephant ear on the way out, and the girls grabbed a Dole pineapple whip. With full bellies and tired feet, we walked out to the deserted parking lot and headed home.
For my first state fair, it was quite an experience and my tummy is thanking me. That's what those noises mean, right? I’ll definitely be returning. You did us good, Puyallup!