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It’s fair time!

PUYALLUP – Fall is around the corner, with bright leaves, football and school all beckoning. But these dog days of summer also beckon us to something else. They beckon us to “Do the Puyallup!” as the Washington State Fair gets underway a week from tomorrow, on Friday, Sept. 5. New attractions for this year’s fair include Classic Coaster Park with seating areas to enjoy the midway, a sports bar and a fair express bus through Pierce Transit. Also new is Vision Dome, a movie screen encompassing the entire interior of three different domes. Features will include 3D gaming, extreme outdoor sports and tours of achievements such as the Apollo 11 moon landing, the pyramids of Giza and Machu Picchu. Of course, there will be animal exhibits provided by children of all ages, as well as an FFA exhibit. Other popular favorites offered during the Washington State Fair will be fair food, musical acts like Toby Keith and Amy Grant, and carnival rides. Special events and themed days during the fair include free admission from 9 a.m. to noon on opening day, Sept. 5. Also that day the Western Rodeo Parade will take place. During Military Appreciation Days on Sept. 8 and 15 there will also be free admission to all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard personnel and their dependents, plus disabled veterans, when each shows valid military ID at any fair gate. For more information about doing the Puyallup, visit thefair.com.

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Photo by Patrick Hagerty

The Washington State Fair mascot, along with blue skies, welcomes visitors to the big fair.

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Thrills and chills await at the Washington State Fair!

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A must when you “do the Puyallup” is to enjoy some fair food, like this youngster.

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Ag’s importance is on display during the Washington State Fair in the form of produce exhibits.

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This youngster learns the importance of hard work, proudly displaying a ribbon for her efforts. Teens will also be displaying their work, as FFA members will be on hand during the Washington State Fair.

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A piglet is one of the cutie pies awaiting visitors at the Washington State Fair.

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