Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998


'Moo The Puyallup'

   What will you be doing September 11-27? That's the time to Moo the Puyallup.
   In addition to farm animals, rides, exhibits, food, contests, concerts rodeos and shows, the Puyallup Fair is featuring the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Cowboy Gathering, Reynolds Aluminum Exhibit, Moo-ving Animal Shows, Thermasilk Heat Styling Tour, USA Network Screen Test, and the Seasonal Celebrations Exhibit.
   The Mountain Dew Skyscraper is the new over-the-edge ride that allows swingers to get REAL HIGH. The ride is 160 feet high, and has a swinging radius of 80 feet.
   As always the Puyallup Fair has its lush list of musical performances. This year the fair will shine the spotlight on Grand Funk Railroad; LeeAnn Rimes and Bryan White; The Four Tops, The Temptations, and The Supremes with Mary Wilson; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Tim McGraw with Lila McCann; Jeff Foxworthy; The Wallflowers with Lisa Loeb; The Righteous Brothers with The Brothers Four; Terri Clark with The Lynns; Jars of Clay with plumb; Bob Dylan with Lucinda Williams; Gallagher; Howard Keel; Clint Black with Sara Evans; and The Oakridge Boys with Marty Stuart.
   Most of us can't get our hands off something that is free. There are several events sure to thrill the crowd at the fair's Free Entertainment: The Bullas (a family country and bluegrass act), Steve Trash (environmental magic show), The Washington Old Time Fiddlers, The Rainier Square Dancers, All Alaskan Racing Pigs, and performances by the Beatniks, Merrilee Rush, and much more.
   The PRCA Rodeo (featuring bareback riding, bull riding, women's barrel racing, calf roping, and more) and the Draft Horse Show will be a favorite among traditional fair fair-goers.
   For those who are not professional cowboys or cowgirls, singers, dancers, or musicians, there are always plenty of contests to dive your energy into.
   The Photography Contest is a favorite. The Junior Poultry Exposition's Ugliest Chicken Contest, Chicken Dress-Up Contest, the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie, the Softasilk Cake Contest, and the National SPAM Contest are also popular and are only a handful of the competitions.
   The Puyallup Fair still needs over 900 people to fill positions in food service, ride and game operations, grounds keeping, and various other areas.
   It's a good opportunity to earn some cash while you "Moo The Puyallup."
   More information is available on the internet and the hotline (below).
   Fair admission is $7 .50 for adults, $4.50 for youth (6-18 years), $4.50 for seniors (62+), and parking is $5.
   Tickets for the Rodeo and Draft Horse Show are $14 at least a day in advance, and $10 if they are purchased inside the gate the day of the rodeo.
   Concert tickets vary in price, and they can be purchased via phone with your Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover Card by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-8497 in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle. They are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, including the Puyallup Fair Ticketmaster outlet, select Rite Aid Stores, Tower Records/Video, and the Wherehouse.
   The Fair gates open at 8:00 a.m. daily. Exhibits are open Sundays-Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
   For more information regarding ticket coupons and discounts, ride coupons, concert ticket prices, events, contest rules and application procedures, job opportunities, and general public information call the 24-hour fair hotline at (253) 841-5045, or visit the internet at
   Summer is braking to a stop, but "Doing the Puyallup" may make it linger a little longer.