Taking you family to the fair doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are tons of free things that you can do while at the fair.
Dairy and Beef Cattle shows – Sept. 5-12 (dairy cattle), and Sept. 5-21 (beef cattle)
Come see exotic animals in Barn J at the Animals of the World exhibit – Sept. 5-9
Watch master carver Russ Leno create pumpkin masterpieces at the Giant Pumpkin Carving demos in the Planting Patch – Sept. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
Step inside FIN, the 25-foot salmon in the NW Outdoors Building – Sept. 12-14
The Draft Horse Driving Demonstration salutes breast cancer survivors with “Big Hearts Wear Pink” at both performances in Paulhamus Arena – Sept. 13 at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.
Watch dogs perform in a flash at the Dog Agility competition in Barn D – Sept. 13
Hop over and visit the rabbits in Barn A – Sept. 15-17.
Check out the Sheep Shows in Barn J – Sept. 18-21
Like miniature animals? Stop by to see the Pygmy Goats in Barn H – Sept. 19 – 21.
Watch kids riding a sheep at Wool Riders Only (mutton bustin’), Purple Gate – Monday through Friday at 1:30, 3:30, and 5:30 p.m., Weekends at 10:30 a.m., 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:30 p.m.
Try your hand at trout fishing (kids 12 and under), snowshoeing and target shooting in the NW Outdoors Building – every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon – 6 p.m.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be born at the Fair? Say hello to the newborn piglets at Piglet Palace – daily
Sip delicious chocolate milk in the Milking Parlor, thanks to farmers at Darigold – daily
Kids can pedal a pint-size antique tractor around Tractor Tracks, presented by Tractor Supply Co., located in SillyVille – daily
See the baby chicks hatching in the Poultry Barn and Fair Farm – daily
Try your hand at milking Mabel, the faux cow in the Dairy Barn – daily
Get up close to baby animals in Fair Farm – daily, opening Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m., and Friday-Sunday at 9 a.m.
Travel back in time to the old west and churn butter at the Pioneer Farm
See how fruits and vegetables grow at the Planting Patch
Check out some interesting trees at the Bonsai Show, Floral Department – Sept. 6
Put your creativity to the test in the new pumpkin coloring contest – Sept. 7, registration at 11:30 a.m.
Want to judge a competition? Head over to Barn J and vote for the People’s Choice Award in the Pigeon Contest – Sept. 9-11
Set your eyes on something sweet. Brown and Haley Baking and Confection Contest judging, Home Arts – Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Check out the most exciting Spamerific contest of all: The Great American Spam Championship, Home Arts – Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.
Spice up your day at the Salsa Showdown, Home Arts – Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Watch the Rhubarb Pie Contest judging in Home Arts – Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m.
View beautiful blossoms and bouquets in the Floral Department’s Professional Fresh Floral Design Show – Sept. 17
Watch judges select the Original Famous Fair Scone Contest winner, Home Arts – Sept. 17 at 1:00 pm
Quick! Head over to the Bisquick Creations Contest judging, Home Arts – Sept. 18 at 1:00 p.m.
The judges will be in a jam when they judge the Best Jam and Jelly Contest in Home Arts – Sept. 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Enter to win the Ultimate Fan Contest. Wear your blue and green spirit gear and enter to win at the Corona Cantina Park near the W.H. Paulhamus Arena in honor of our Super Bowl champs playing the Denver Broncos. The top ten fans will be awarded a special prize and the top three fans will receive an exclusive prize package. Enter on Sept. 21, between 10:00 am and noon.
Enter to win the Daily Prize Giveaway every day during the Fair. Follow us on Twitter at #xfinitydailyprize for your daily keywords and the chance to win.
Enter for a chance to win concert tickets at these sponsor booths: Verizon, Chrysler and Emerald Queen Casino.
Vote your favorite Hobby Hall collection at the People’s Choice Award.
Check out winners of the Agriculture/Horticulture contests in divisions ranging from artichokes to winter squash.
Watch which way the cattle will wander at the start of the Western Rodeo Parade in downtown Puyallup – Sept. 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Ooh and aah at the Friday Fireworks Spectacular – Fridays at 10:00 p.m.
After being named one of the Top 15 Local Bands in King 5’s “Best of Western WA” contest, Sweet Kiss Momma is coming to the Mountain Mist Stage at the Fair – Sept. 5 and 6 at 12:45, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Be mesmerized by Tina Marie, Master Hypnotist at the Coca-Cola Stage – Sept. 5-14
Get pumped up with a percussive dance performance by Powerhouse at the Coca-Cola Stage – Sept. 5-14
Love musicals but don’t have much time? Check out the Mini Musical of Broadway’s Aladdin at the Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Break a sweat at the Zumba Fitness demonstration at the Fountain Plaza Stage – Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the Unity in the Community concert with Yvette Williams and Anson Dawkins at Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 6 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Witness Steve the Pretty Good work his magic at Coca-Cola Stage – Sept. 7-11 and 14-18
Be amazed by the fast fiddle numbers, singing ballads and champion Irish step dancing performed by the Gothard Sisters at the Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 7-12 at 12:00, 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Chuckle at the silent comedy of Bill Robinson, mime and comedian, strolling around the Fair – Sept. 8-14
Grab your partner and do-si-do on over for the Rainier Valley Square Dancers at Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 8 and 11 at 7:00 p.m.
You’ll love these musical sisters, the Redhead Express at Mountain Mist Stage – Sept. 8-11 at 1:00, 3:00, 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the elegance of the Paradosi Christian Ballet at the Fountain Plaza Stage – Sept. 9-11 and 19-20Witness 100 white doves soar over the grounds at the annual White Dove Release outside Barn J – Sept. 9 at 12:00 p.m.
Celebrate Asian Cultural Day, complete with traditional music, dance, and more – Sept. 13
Check out Famil-Ya and listen to R&B and old school funk music at Mountain Mist Stage – Sept. 13, 11 a.m., 2:30, and 5:30 p.m.
Honky Tonk over to the Fountain Plaza Stage and check out the Honky Tonk Angels – Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Join in the colorful and festive music, dancers, food and fun at Washington’s biggest Fiestas Patrias celebration – Sept. 14
Tap your toes to the music of Dennis Lee & Band at Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 15-21
Giddy up and enjoy the Doo-Wah Riders at the Coca-Cola Stage – Sept. 15-21 at 12:00, 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Need a laugh? Want to be wowed? Why not both? See comedy hypnotist Michael Swenson transform reality at Coca-Cola Stage – Sept. 15-21
Catch a Rising Star Talent Show at Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 18-20
Attention 12th Man and Woman! Catch the Sea Gals perform before the big game against Denver at the Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop – Sept. 20 at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Tap your toe to the bluegrass/gypsy jazz style music of the Cottonwood Cutups at Mountain Mist Stage – Sept. 21 at 11 a.m., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Was that a giant anteater? Keep watch for the Neon Anteaters, part of the Fair’s strolling entertainment – daily
Kids become part of a live play at the Let’s Pretend Circus Adventure in SillyVille – Monday-Friday 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., Weekends 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 p.m.
Watch the daily Education Department’s free stage performances – daily
Laugh along with Roberto the Magnificent’s comedy juggling at Fountain Plaza Stage – daily at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Share a Coke with a friend! Input your names at the kiosk, and receive a personalized mini can – Sept. 5-7
Kids 12 and younger love face painting, SillyVille – Mon.-Fri. 2:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Hop on one of the People Movers to get where you need and rest your feet – Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Want a purrfect day at the fair? Pounce on over to see the 4-H cats in Barn D – Sept. 5-7
Visit some of our feathered friends at the chicken and duck showing, Poultry Barn – Sept. 5-7
Join us for a fun celebration at the daily parade at the Fair – Weekdays 5:30 p.m.; Weekends 12:00 p.m.
Check out the Vietnam War memorabilia, military nurse uniforms, a military Jeep, and more in Hobby Hall – daily
You’ll be wowed by the sculptures entered in the Fine Arts Department contest – daily
Beanie Babies to Legos, swords to trolls, and much more. Check out over 50 unique collections in Hobby Hall
Check out the beautiful Washington and International Photo Competition in the Photo Salon in the Pavilion, 2nd floor – daily
See the talent our students possess at the Jr./Sr. High Art Show in the Pavilion – daily
Be transported to Kisongo in Tanzania with World Vision, in Blue Gate Plaza – daily
Enjoy the talent of Washington artists in the Fine Arts Show including drawing, oil painting, digital art, and more – daily
Learn about western art while visiting the Fred Oldfield Western Art Heritage Center – daily
See master artists make magic with leather, wood, Christmas ornaments and more during daily demonstrations, Hobby Hall
Come to Home Arts for art and culinary demonstrations – daily, 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Watch silk paintings, handmade bags, fused glass, and more masterpieces created right before your eyes in Artists in Action.