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This new Washington State Fair run features a sneak peek of the fairgrounds, T-shirts, donuts and scones

New at the Washington State Fair: The Farm comes to Sillyville

At the Washington State Fair in Puyallup a major new attraction is being built for kids. It's called "The Farm", and it's part of Sillyville.
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At the Washington State Fair in Puyallup a major new attraction is being built for kids. It's called "The Farm", and it's part of Sillyville.

Would the idea of a long run sound more appealing if there were donuts at the end?

That’s the case at Run The Puyallup, the Washington State Fair’s first ever “fun run.”

The 2.5-kilometer route takes runners around the fairgrounds, starting at the fountain at the Gold Gate and ending at the Classic Coaster. Stops along the way will have treats, including Fisher scones and donuts from the Original House of Donuts. Hundreds have already registered.

“We were just looking to have new and fun things this year,” said Stacy Van Horne, Washington State Fair public relations manager. “Someone of any age, any athletic ability can participate.”

Registration the day of the run is $45. Children 3 and under are free. The run is open to all ages, but the Washington State Fair asks for no strollers for safety of the runners.

Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt, gate admission and a free spin on either the Classic Coaster or the Carousel.

The event starts at 8 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. To register, visit thefair.com.

New exhibits

Also new this year is Outpost 47, an all-ages stage and bar with food, beer, wine and spirits available. Outpost 47 is located at the south end of the fair.

There, fairgoers can watch live games on TV or watch free concerts featuring tributes to Prince, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Billy Joel. Boy band O-Town and American Idol winner Lee DeWyze also will perform.

The Farm at SillyVille, presented by Safeway, is another new attraction this year and was built over the summer. The two-acre, $3 million attraction consists of five buildings meant to teach fairgoers where their food comes from by participating in interactive farming processes. The project was funded by the Washington State Fair Foundation.

There are six buildings part of the attraction that involves the farming processes of milk, produce, incubating of live eggs, grain, garden beds and a marketplace. There’s also a toddler park and a retail space where the Farm at SillyVille merchandise will be sold.

“This is a first for us to really invest in a permanent kids exhibit like this,” said Andrea Thayer, competitive exhibits and grounds entertainment manager for the Washington State Fair.

The “World’s Largest Bouncy House” will make an appearance Sept. 6-9 as a new paid attraction. At 10,000 square feet, the bouncy house costs $5 per visit and features a DJ and various obstacle courses.

The Washington State Fair draws in more than a million attendees every year.

Washington State Fair 2018 hours

Labor Day Weekend

Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Post-Labor Day Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Closed Sept. 5 and every Tuesday

Ticket information

(Pre-Fair Gate Admission, ends Aug. 30)

General (ages 13-61) — $11.00

Child (ages 6-13) — $9.50

Senior (ages 62+) — $9.50

Five and under — Free

(Regular Admission Prices, starting Aug. 31)

General (ages 13 - 61) — $14

Child (ages 6 - 12) — $11

Seniors (ages 62+) — $11

Children 5 & under — Free

Allison Needles: 253-597-8507, @herald_allison
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