If September seems like a long way off for scones, extreme screams or baby pigs, then wait no more.
The Washington State Spring Fair sprouts up at the fairgrounds in Puyallup this weekend with country singers, onion burgers and monster trucks.
Many of the attractions are geared toward families.
“Parents love it. They’re getting kids out after being indoors all winter,” fair spokeswoman Karen LaFlamme said.
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Here are some of the highlights:
A monster truck show (7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17) features Bounty Hunter, Knucklehead, Time Flys, Wild Flower, Play’n 4 Keeps, Enforcer, Survivor, Destroyer, Double Trouble and Trouble Maker. Ticketholders can see the trucks and meet the drivers at the monster truck pit party from 4-6 p.m.
Zombie Tracker monster truck rides will be available at select times Friday and Saturday for $7 per ride.
Monster truck admission is $31 for golden derby seating, $24 adults, $12 for kids ages 2-18.
The Slamfest Demolition Derbies (7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday) feature figure 8s, the soccer game, races, and meet and greets with “American Daredevils” reality TV show star Mike Buse, aka Mr. Dizzy.
Tickets for Slamfest are $31 for golden derby seating, $22 adults, $12 kids ages 2-18 years. Ticketholders can see what’s left of the show’s vehicles and meet the drivers at a pit party.
Go to thefair.com to purchase Motorsport Mayhem tickets, which include admission to the fair. Fireworks will follow the evening shows.
On a completely different motor vein, the fair’s Auto Alley in the Exhibit Hall will feature new ecofriendly cars.
From livestock to performing pigs to petting zoos, animals are well represented at the fair. Pygmy goats, miniature horses, llamas, poultry and more will be in the fair’s barns.
In the entertainment division, Dock Dogs and the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs (a Spring Fair exclusive) will entertain the crowd.
Fun on the Farm
This new exhibit is intended to introduce children to farm life. Kids can get up close with chicks, bunnies and baby pygmy goats. The Barnyard Adventure allows youths to practice planting potatoes and milking a faux cow.
The KidZone building is dedicated solely to kids and has Brad’s World Reptiles and FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) students displaying their agriculture skills and exhibits. Also in the building is the Creative Kids Exhibit which displays the talents of children ages 6-15 in numerous subjects including art, baking, writing and an egg drop contest.
The main arena will be occupied by motorsports, but the Showplace stage will feature up-and-coming country singer Ruthie Collins (7:30 p.m. Friday) and a concert featuring Banda La Fiebre (6 p.m. Sunday). Seating is on a first-come basis. Before he shot to stardom, country singer Dierks Bentley played this stage.
Two other stages plus strolling entertainers will provide nearly nonstop entertainment during the fair.
Northwest Living & Garden Show
Gardening professionals including Marianne Binetti and Ciscoe Morris will share their knowledge. More than 60 vendors, nonprofit organizations and clubs also will take part.
You don’t have to wait until September to feed your fair food cravings. Though this weekend’s 40 food locations don’t equal the 165 in the fall, you’ll still find Krusty Pups, caramel apples and onion burgers. And yes, there will be scones.
New this year is a rubber duck-themed scavenger hunt. Six duck umbrellas will be positioned through the fairgrounds, each with a password. All entrants in the hunt will receive a prize, and those 18 years and older will be entered in a contest to win two tickets to a fall fair concert. Forms, with clues, can be found at Booth 7401 in the Sleep Country ShowPlex and at information booths.
Instagram posters take note: A 20-foot tall inflatable chicken will be on hand for selfies.