Sitting in the shadow of Mount Rainierin the town bearing the American Indian tribal name meaning shadowthe 169-acre, 17-day long Puyallup Fair marks the end of summer. Drawing over a million people annually (and calling itself the single biggest attraction in the state), its schedule of events reflects the fairs agricultural history, with cowgirl tricks, a pro rodeo, farm animal exhibits (Angus cows and quail, among other creatures) and home arts (from appliqué to Deconstruction and Refashion). The musical lineup offers what might or might not be ironic choices: Devo, the Steve Miller Band, Kenny G, and Weird Al. 80s flashback, anyone? But what many people go to the fair for are its rides and food, though not necessarily in that order. Among the attractions are the Flying Swings, the Matterhorn, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and Super Loops (must be 52 tall to ride); culinary highlights may include deep-fried Twinkies (we hope) or Snickers, if your heart so desires. Or, for the traditionalists, fry bread and grilled ears of corn.
Sept. 7-23, 2007