The Puyallup Fair – Cheap and Safe!

Hey everyone, our largest fair The Western Washington or Puyallup Fair starts TOMORROW!  Eeep.  This snuck up on me this year, must have been the chaos around getting my little guys ready for Kindergarten. As you complete your getting back to school routine, take a break, eat a Krusty Pup (or Onion burger, or scone, or ???) and enjoy the fair! Here are some great ways to do the fair for cheap and how to do it safely.

Puyallup Fair Deals

  • Sponsored backpacks: Kids need a backpack to go to school? It might not be the coolest, with all the sponsor logos, but it comes with some great deals inside, e.g. coupons for deals and bottles of water. They are priced at $18 $15 or $10 depending on the sponsor and the contents.
  • FREE entry on Friday September 7th from 9am-12pm with food donation
  • FREE entry for kiddos (Thanks BECU – where you can also pick up discount entry tickets at a branch) Sept 8th & 9th
  • FREE Military Monday’s Military with ID get into the Fair for FREE
  • Until September 7th: The Fred Meyer Value pack has Tickets for entry, 10 food bucks & 6 rides + Entrance 2 for 1 to the Rodeo
  • Safeway Discount Admission tickets
  • Dizzy bracelet: Old veterans of the fair know this deal. Unlimited rides for an entire day for $27.50
  • Mon September 10th: 50% off GAMES, FOOD, RIDES (Midway or Sillyville)

Puyallup Fair Safety

The fair brings out all kinds of people, and A LOT of EVERY kind of person. Be sure to go over the rules with the kiddos before taking them, and repeat, repeat, repeat yourself on the way. If you are separated:

  • Take a picture of the child, close face shot and with shirt/pants, on your phone. That way, you don’t have to remember what your child is wearing.
  • If you child is old enough to know the layout of the fairgrounds, pick a spot – like the milk barn or the police area by the Blue gate to meet.
  • If your child is younger, make sure they know to ask for a badge or a uniform. Don’t tell them its okay to walk off with ANY ride attendant or person who might be selling a burger. If a stranger offers to help, teach them to say “Please bring me a police man or an EMT”. Those officials know how to reunite children with their parents.
  • Sometimes the fair has bracelets you can’t take off without scissors.  Check the stand by the Blue Gate where you get your re-entry stamps. On the bracelet or an arm, write your cell phone number with a sharpie. So people can call if you if needed.
  • Tell a child to stay put, unless they are with an uniformed person. Its hard enough to find someone in a crush if they keep moving!

General Safety to enjoy even more shows, shopping, animals and rides

  • Don’t bring your purse. Its not fashionable, but the fanny pack or a backpack worn in the front can prevent arm-back aches and pickpockets.
  • Bring water. It is supposed to be nice and sunny over the next few weeks. There are water fountains in several locations. If you don’t want to buy bottled water, you can stay hydrated.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  There is never enough seating and the ground is usually pretty gross, plus you might be stepped on.
  • Sunscreen. We don’t get enough sun. Yes, its the end of our summer, and hopefully we have been outside enough to have a nice golden hue. But for most of us native Pacific Northwesters, we rust – we don’t tan. With that in mind, put on the sunscreen before you leave and re-apply at least twice if you go all day.

Most of all, enjoy.  Remember when the little ones need a nap and either bring them something to sleep in (stroller, backpack etc.) and continue the journey. Or, get a stamp and come back to enjoy the lights at night. No one likes to hear tired parents yelling at their cranky kids. We all do it, we have all succumbed to the “one more ride/Krusty Pup/vendor” cycle of crazy. Put limits on yourself, advertise those limits early and stick to it. Make it a day of fun to remember, not a crazed nightmare you wish you could forget.

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