Country stars Clay Walker and Colt Ford to play State Fair Rodeo

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 20, 2014 

It wouldn’t be a Puyallup Fair without flying hooves and crooning country stars. The Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo kicks off the first three days of the annual event which runs Sept. 5-21.

Clay Walker (“Live Until I Die” and “Dreaming with my Eyes Open”) will perform following the opening night rodeo on Sept. 5. Colt Ford (“Drivin’ Around Song” and “Back”) will perform on Sept. 6. Tickets for the concerts and the Rodeo will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 27.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Tickets are available on the Fair website,  or by phone 888-559-3247 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave. SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A $1 per ticket service fee is charged for on-site purchases.

Two types of tickets will be sold for the rodeo and concert on both Friday and Saturday evening:
· Combo tickets for the evening rodeo and concert are for reserved seating and include State Fair gate admission.
· Tickets to stand in the dirt for the concert only are general admission first come first stand basis - and include State Fair gate admission.

A special season pass is available for rodeo fans. This pass sells for $85, and features the same seat for all five rodeo performances, including the Clay Walker and Colt Ford concerts. The season pass includes State Fair gate admission.

Looking for a rodeo deal? Purchase a four-pack of tickets for $60 to the Saturday, Sept. 6, 1 pm rodeo. This is a 25% savings, if purchased by Thursday, Sept. 4th at

Washington State Fair Rodeo in Puyallup

The burning desire to become a world champion is the only thing on the rodeo competitors' minds by the time they hit the end of the season and the playoffs. Their destination is the National Finals Rodeo. They have to prove it at the Washington State Fair Rodeo, or pack up and go home.

The top 24 competitors in each event will be vying for their part of the prize winnings. They are doing their best to move on to NFR.

Following Friday and Saturday night’s concerts is the popular party, Dancin’ in the Dirt. All rodeo ticket holders can attend this party at no charge. Guests can dance in the dirt to a live performance of a local band following each concert, enjoy no-host refreshments, and have the opportunity to meet and greet the PRCA rodeo contestants.

The Washington State Fair Rodeo is one of the Top 5 rodeos in the country. This is the 80th rodeo held in Puyallup during the Fair.

Clay Walker

Clay Walker started his country music career at the young age of 16 years old. While working nights as a desk clerk at a Super 8 Motel, he took a tape of a song he wrote to a nearby Houston radio station. While the disc jockey was not supposed to play it, he did, and Clay Walker’s career began. He had other loves, too, fitting of a country music singer. Walker placed seventh in the cutting horse competition at the Houston Livestock Rodeo, the nation’s largest rodeo.

Walker’s first single on his debut album flew up the chart, with “What’s It To You” landing at No. 1. This was followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since that time he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart. He’s realized four platinum-selling albums, two gold albums, and disks that sold over 500,000 units.

Walker has two causes that touch his heart, the first being Band Against MS (BAMS). To date he has raised nearly $2 million for the cause, which is fitting since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. The second cause he helped co-found, Military Warriors Support Foundation (

For further information, visit

Colt Ford

Born in Athens, Georgia, Jason Farris Brown, followed his first dream, to become a professional golfer, playing in the Nationwide Tour. His interests turned to country music and hip hop, and assuming the stage name Colt Ford, he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country with a label he cofounded, Average Joe’s Entertainment. He co-wrote the song “Dirt Road Anthem” for his debut album, which was included in albums produced by Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.

Ford wrote the theme song for the Professional Bull Riders Association, titled “Buck ‘em”. His third studio album was Every Chance I Get. The lead-off single on the album, “Country Thang” debuted on the country charts. The album’s second single was “She Likes to Ride in Trucks,” featuring Craig Morgan.

His fourth album, Declaration of Independence became his first No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top Country Albums. “Back” made the  Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs chart. For more information, visit

More acts will be announced in the coming months for the Washington State Fair’s 2014 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit for updates, or sign up at to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.

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