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Meeker Days Festival embraces past, adds new features for 2016

Lilly Pagan, 3, milks a plywood cutout cow during the annual Meeker Days Festival in 2014 at Pioneer Park in downtown Puyallup. With four stages of entertainment, 200 vendors and two food courts, Meeker Days is back this year with a couple of new additions.
Lilly Pagan, 3, milks a plywood cutout cow during the annual Meeker Days Festival in 2014 at Pioneer Park in downtown Puyallup. With four stages of entertainment, 200 vendors and two food courts, Meeker Days is back this year with a couple of new additions. Staff file, 2014

With four stages of entertainment, 200 vendors and two food courts, Meeker Days is back — and with a couple of new additions.

Under the helm of Jennifer Robinson, the new Meeker Days manager, the event will include the typical elements from its 77-year history, and some new additions.

“I hope to bring more excitement this year,” Robinson said. “But I also want to keep the event close to its roots.”

A tequila and taco garden is new this year, as well as multiple new food vendors.

In line with keeping traditional entertainment on the schedule as well, the Rainier Antique Tractor Club, formed in 1991, will have roughly 15 to 20 tractors on display through out the three-day festival. The group will also have a corn grinding demonstration at its booth in the U.S. Bank parking lot.

“It’s just a bunch of us old geezers that like to collect and restore old tractors,” said the club’s activities director, Larry Fugel. “At Meeker Days, we get to meet and talk to a lot of neat people.”

Fugel estimates the tractor club has been a part of Meeker Days for at least 15 years.

The festival will have four stages for entertainment, including a kid friendly stage, kids’ activities, a beer garden, a classic car show and the Farmers’ Market on Saturday (June 18).

The festival will close several streets through downtown over the three days:

▪ 2nd St. SW from Main to Pioneer Ave.

▪ South Meridian from Main to 4th Ave.

▪ 2nd St. SE from Main to Pioneer Ave.

▪ Meeker St. from 2nd St. SW to 3rd St. SE

▪ Pioneer Ave. from 3rd St. SW to 3rd St. SE.

Robinson estimates the festival will see an estimated 100,000 to 135,000 people over the course of the three days.

Growing up in Bonney Lake and Sumner, Robinson has great memories of coming to the annual event.

“I love everything about Meeker Days,” she said. “My favorite part is seeing it all come together, and seeing everyone have a good time.”

Meeker Days will run from noon to 9 p.m. June 17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19.

Heather DeRosa: 253-256-7043, @herald_hderosa

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