September 6, 1999
There will be lots of yearly favorites in store, as well as new events and activities, like the new 20-story permanent thrill ride, the Extreme Scream. You'll feel like you've been flying with the Blue Angels when you step off this space shot ride. Riders are shot up the tower at a force of 3G's. Upon reaching the 20-story mark, they return at the heart-thumping rate of 1G.
Once fair guests enter the gates, they'll have a brand-new experience at the Fair--a free live shark show. Five 15-minute shows will be held daily at the 9,000-gallon tank, where divers swim with the sharks.
The Nordic Heritage Art Exhibition features Scandinavian artists' oils, drawings, and sculpture. Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Danish artists are included in the exhibition. Free entertainment will abound, from the Dennis Lee Show to the Gentlemen Jugglers to the steel band, Salsa Steel.
The annual PRCA Rodeo kicks off the Fair the first three days, while the Columbia Bank Concert Series captures music at its finest every day, ranging from Kenny Rogers to Brooks & Dunn, and Donna Summer to the Moffatts.
Seniors now have double the days of special activities, slated for Sept. 13 and 14. Senior Fun Days offers exhibits, health tests, and entertainment with seniors in mind.
Cowboy Gathering is back again this year, and will run the first three days of the Fair, Sept. 10-12. This cowboy and cowgirl event coincides with the PRCA Rodeo. Cowboy poetry, exhibits, Riders In The Sky performances, and loads of Western fun will highlight the three-day event.
Northwest Taste and Travel will feature destinations and foods from the area Sept. 16-19, while Seasonal Celebrations will offer year-round holiday gifts Sept. 23-26.
The Fair is partnering with Mt. Rainier centennial festivities this year. The mountain theme will be seen in Grange displays, a special art division, and in Hobby Hall.
Grange displays, flowers, pottery and weaving, animal shows, exhibits, 4-H and FFA, educational activities, home arts, photos, grandstand entertainment, food, rides, and family fun all make up the Fair.
Gates open at 8 a.m. daily, with exhibits opening at 10 a.m. Adult gate admission is $7.50, Youth (6-18 years) and Seniors are $4.50, and five and under are free. A variety of advance ticket programs are available.
For further information, visit the Fair's website at www.thefair.com, or call 253-841-5045.