Put a little spring in your step at the younger sister of fall's Western Washington Fair. The 22nd annual Spring Fair at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center starts Thursday with lumberjacks, racing pigs, music and dancing horses.
After admission, most events are free. Ages 18 and younger get in free on Thursday with a suggested food bank donation. Advance discount gate tickets are also available.
Here are some highlights:
The Timberworks Lumberjack Show displays old-school logger skills such as ax-throwing, chopping, log-rolling, cross cut-sawing, hot-sawing and chain-saw carving. Shows will be held daily.
Two hundred youths will compete in the Northwest Junior Rodeo Friday through Sunday. The sanctioned rodeo gives the youth an opportunity to compete at the NJRA Finals in the fall.
Motorsports enthusiasts will be kept busy. The Monster Truck Show is at 8 p.m. Friday. Slamfest Demolition Derby will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. That event includes full-size cars in figure 8s, a rollover contest and Slamfest. A fireworks show follows the Saturday show. Purchase advance tickets for the motorsport events online.
A garden show features garden exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and a floral display contest featuring local floral artists.
Livestock will be well-represented, with shows for llamas, sheep, Boer goats, Irish Dexter cattle and poultry. FFA and 4-H members will compete with their hogs, steers and sheep in the annual Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale. An auction on Sunday wraps the event up.
The high-flying and big-splashing Dock Dogs are back. So are the speedy squealers of the Swifty Swine Pig Racing. Both have multiple performances each day.
Three stages will offer free entertainment throughout the fair. Up-and-coming country talent will be featured in the KMPS Showcase at the Great American Stage at 7 p.m. Friday. The Rock On Christian Musicfest is Saturday, as is the Choir and Ensemble Festival.
Food Network star and Sumner native Sandra Lee will demonstrate her specialty, semi-homemade recipes, at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Garden Show Stage. The first 300 who bring a nonperishable food or monetary donation will receive free seating. Donations will benefit local food banks.
Several activities just for children will keep young fairgoers busy. In addition to the Creative Kids Exhibit in the Pavilion, a KidZone will feature face-painting, kids gardening and Brad’s World Reptile Show. The Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure is heavy on kid participation.
Fiesta Mexicana features authentic food and entertainment. The popular dancing horses and their riders will perform several times daily at the Contest Arena.
Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you go
What: 22nd annual Spring Fair
When: 2-10 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 15 and 16; 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. April 17.
Where: Puyallup Fair & Events Center
Tickets: $9 adults, $7 students (6-18 years) at the gate. Ages 5 and younger get in free. Discount tickets are at participating stores.
More information: www.thefair.com