The Washington State Fair continues its second week of fun, concerts, activities and entertainment. The highlights for the next week include the cattle drive and rodeo this weekend, a performance by the Joe Jonas-led DNCE and free entertainment. Here is a look at some of what is happening:
Rodeo rides into town
The rodeo breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m. at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, The cost is $2 a person for pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a beverage. The rodeo parade and cattle drive will take place along Meridian Avenue in Puyallup at 10 a.m. Friday (Sept. 9). The nonmotorized parade will include equestrian drill teams, draft horses, military marching bands, royalty and cowboys on horseback. The rodeo action will include bull riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing. The preliminary rodeo action will take place at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9) and Saturday, with the finals at 1 p.m. Sunday.
At the grandstand
Thompson Square: The Dancin’ in the Dirt Party will feature this country music duo. 9 p.m. Friday (Sept 9). $35.
Chris Janson: The up-and-coming country performer will wrap up the Dancin’ in the Dirt Party. 9 p.m. Saturday. $35.
For King & Country and Matt Maher: These Christian music acts have each won two Grammy Awards. 7:30 p.m. Monday. $26-$46.
DNCE: This group was put together by Joe Jonas. Also performing will be LunchMoney Lewis. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $28-$55.
X Ambassadors: This rock band released its debut album last year. Also appearing will be pop singer Rachel Platten. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $40-$60.
Tickets: 888-559-FAIR or thefair.com.
Free fun, shows
Among the free shows taking place this week will be the Gospel Explosion concert Sunday at 6 p.m. The Unity in the Community concert, at the Showplace Stage, will feature more than 100 voices. Larry G. Jones, “The Man of 1,002 Voices,” will perform at various times Wednesday through Sept. 19 on the same stage. His tributes and parodies include Johnny Cash, Guns N’ Roses, Lady Gaga and Elvis. Leapin’ Louie is doing his western comedy show daily through Monday at Timber Gulch. Hypnotists are always popular at the fair. This year, Tina Marie is performing daily through Sept. 19 at the Coca-Cola Stage.
Taking place through Monday will be “Animals of the World.” Exotic animals from the world, including fainting goats, Nigerian dwarf zebras and llamas, will be displayed in the J Barn. From 10 a.m.-noon Friday, following the rodeo parade, visitors can get in free through the Gold and Red gates when they donate new school supplies to benefit Communities in School. Master carver Russ Leno will create works of art out of giant pumpkins from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Planting Patch.
About this year’s fair
When: Through Sept. 25, closed Tuesdays.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup.
Admission: $12.50 adults; $9 students (ages 6-18) and seniors (62 and older); free for children 5 and younger.
Deals: Discounts available at ticket outlets at select Safeway and Albertsons stores in Pierce, Thurston, King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties, as well as the South Hill Mall customer service center. Other deals available online.
Parking: Available north, east and west of the fairgrounds. On-street parking is limited in the neighborhoods around the fairgrounds.
Rentals: The fair rents wheelchairs, strollers, electric carts and lockers at the Gold and Green gates. Only lockers are available at the Blue Gate. Rentals are cash only.
Information: 888-559-3247, thefair.com.