The Washington State Fair continues its third week of fun, concerts, activities and entertainment. The highlights for the next week include Alan Jackson, Fiestas Patrias and Dierks Bentley. Here is some of what is happening:
At the grandstand
Charlie Wilson: Nine-time R&B Grammy nominee plays with special guest Joe Thomas. 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16). $45-$65.
Alan Jackson: The singer-songwriter brings his “Keepin’ It Country” tour. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $50-$85.
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Fiestas Patrias: It’s a Mexican Independence Day celebration with Voz de Mando, Proyecto X and the all-female and two-time Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas. 5 p.m. Sunday. $20 and $10 in advance; $30 and $15 the day of the show.
Chris Young: The country balladeer performs with special guest Cassadee Pope. 7:30 p.m. Monday. $40-$60.
Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer: These two pop stars play with Los Angeles singer-songwriter Wrabel. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $43-$65.
Dierks Bentley: Chart-topping country singer Bentley plays with guest Tucker Beathard. 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 22). $65-$100.
Tickets: 888-559-FAIR or thefair.com.
Free fun, shows
You can see some of the area’s top musicians, singers and dancers as they compete in “Catch a Rising Star” Thursday through Sept. 24. Performers will compete for prizes in three age categories: 5-11, 12-17 and 18 and older. The performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Showplace Stage. The Rock Bottom Boys will perform their vaudeville-style hillbilly rock show at multiple times a day from Wednesday through Sept. 25. Through Monday, you can meet DC Comics character Superman and Supergirl. They will be at Superhero Headquarters near Sillyville. Karen Quest will do her cowgirl trick show three times at day at Timber Gulch. The daily parade, with music, costumed characters and more, takes place at 5:30 p.m. weekdays and noon on weekends.
Fair visitors will be able to celebrate the varied cultures of the Far East Saturday during Asia Pacific Culture Day. There will be dancer and musicians in traditional dress performing from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Showplace Stage representing countries including Korea, Vietnam, Fiji, Thailand and Cambodia. That same day at 2 and 3:30 p.m., the draft horse hitch demonstrations will honor those who have battled breast cancer. That will take place in the Paul Hamus Arena. There will be special activities for visitors 62 and older for Throwback Thursday.
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.