The Washington State Fair runs Friday, Sept. 11, through Sept. 27 at the fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, in Puyallup. The fair is the largest in the state and has been a tradition for generations since its start in 1900.
The fair kicks off with its annual cattle drive and the Washington State Fair Western Rodeo Parade at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup. Gate admission is free from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 11, with a recommended non-perishable food donation for Puyallup Food Bank.
New features include “Star Trek: The Exhibition, a separate ticketed exhibit beyond gate admission ($8; free for kids 5 and younger in the exhibit with a paid adult).
Other attractions include “Sweet! A Tasty Journey,” a nostalgic look at confections beloved by generations of Americans; “Beer Haven,” a celebration of the small, independent, traditional and innovative culture of American craft brewers; “Big Washington: Bigfoot IS alive!” an introduction to the elusive creature that who comes out of hiding each year to attend the fair; and The Northwest Woodworkers Exhibition, showcasing handmade work of regional professional, amateur and student woodworkers.
Fair hours: 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Details: www.thefair.com.