Slideshow: Do the Puyallup the Old Fashioned Way

Over ten decades ago, residents of the small farming town of Puyallup sold stock at $1 a share to create a three-day event in which the local farmers could establish bragging rights for their livestock and agriculture. The Fair has grown into the largest of its kind in Washington State, and while it is said that the stock is still valued at one dollar, the value to the community has grown with every generation. There have been plenty of additions since the first opening day in 1900, but for those who want to stay true to the roots of the fair, here’s how.

The Fair just wouldn’t be the fair without the animals. Whether you’re visiting the cows getting their daily bath or the new piglets at 4-H exhibits or petting the miniature ponies, the whole family is guaranteed a good time. Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards!

The Rodeo was introduced to the Fair in 1933, it’s a fan-favorite that brings out cowboy hats as far as the eye can see. Don’t worry if you missed it this year, there is still plenty of livestock and mutton-bustin to watch!

Mutton Bustin’ is similar to the world it imitates – bull riding. Contestants ages 4-7 years and less than 60 lbs. attempt to last six seconds on a sheep that’s as unpredictable as a bull. What could be more fun for a child than holding onto a sheep and lasting 6 seconds?

Brave the Giant Roller Coaster, first debuted in 1935 and remains an all-time favorite to many

If it’s time for lunch, then it’s time for a grilled onion burger and an ice cold lemonade. You may have to try a few to see which one you like the best.

Fisher Scones have been an integral part of the Fair experience for 101 years, and the tradition is going strong! You can’t help but be drawn in by the smell of raspberry jam wafting past your nose, luring you towards a line of eager fairgoers with the same idea. Just hope the person in front of you isn’t ordering a few dozen!

Make some good, old-fashioned memories with the kids at the merry-go-round or the ferris wheel. Not all rides have to be high speed!

Visit the Fair Museum, which houses displays of the Fair’s history since its foundation. Make sure to snag a free sample of Brown and Hayley Almond Roca at the company’s 100th anniversary display. Other Old Town exhibits include the Blacksmith display, holding demonstrations throughout the day.

Carnival games are a must, and even for the kids who are all about video games, winning a goldfish by knocking over a few milk bottles can be tons of fun!

Last but not least, there is something for everyone at Hobby Hall, whether you are interested in agricultural exhibits, art entries, or who won the blue ribbon for huckleberry applesauce. Don’t forget about the crazy hobby displays, of everything from collections of Star Trek to Smurf memorabilia!


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