The expanded Washington State Fair enters its final weekend of fun, concerts, activities and entertainment. The highlights for the final three days are performances by school bands and local performers. You can watch the final of “Catch a Rising Star.” Here is some of what is happening:
At the grandstand
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: These two will bring their country-flavored humor “We’ve Been Thinking” tour to the main stage. 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 23). $55-$80.
Flo Rida: The hip-hop star will be the headline act, while R&B artist Natalie La Rose will open the show. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $40-$68.
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Train: The three-time Grammy-winning pop band will wrap up the concert series for this year. Magic!, a reggae fusion band, will open the show. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $50-$75.
Tickets: 888-559-FAIR or thefair.com.
Check out school, local groups
Friday through Sunday will be the final days to hear some of the best music from area schools and watch local groups perform. Among the groups scheduled at the Education Stage inside the Pavilion are the Curtis Junior High School symphonic and concert bands (2 p.m. Friday), Mountain Highway Bluegrass (noon Saturday) and Tacoma Scotts Pipe Band (3 p.m. Sunday). The final fireworks show is 10 p.m. Friday. Master carver Russ Leno will be working on pumpkins 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Planting Patch area. The “Catch a Rising Star” competition will feature participants in three age categories: 5-11, 12-17, and 18 and older. There will preliminaries 7 p.m. Friday and the finals 7 p.m. Saturday at the Showplace Stage. The a cappella group, The Coats, will perform three shows Saturday and Sunday at the Coca-Cola Stage.
Football in the air
There will be a distinct football flair to the end of the fair. At 6 p.m. Friday, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett will take part in a 45-minute question-and-answer session at the Coca-Cola Stage. After that, he will stay to meet fans until 8 p.m. On Saturday, 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., the Sea Gals will perform at the Showplace Stage. They will sign calendars after each performance. If you opt to do the fair Sunday,TVs will be set up at the End Zone Sports Bar and elsewhere around the fairgrounds so you can check on your favorite NFL team.
About this year’s fair
When: Through Sunday.
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
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 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.