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I, too, have lived in Washington a long, long time and have attended the fair since, oh, the early 1970's. Do prices go up, sure. I think those of you who have enjoyed the fair in the past need to rethink how you approach attending the fair rather than just giving in and giving up. If you want to go to the fair, then do a little research first. Others have commented on ticket-ride packages you can purchase before you arrive. Don't just pile the family in the car and drive over, expecting to find some cheap or street parking, or bite the bullet and park in the $20 lot. DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST. Is there a park and ride then bus offered? Do you or a friend/neighbor/relative have a large van that you can pile a lot of people into? Take it and split the cost. Go really early, as suggested by some. If you can manage to go during the week, you can find street parking early. Have somebody drop you off, then offer to do the same. If you are taking kids, talk with them about what they may expect to be able to do at the fair. See the animals, see the free shows, etc. etc. Set a budget for the fair and stick to it. You can bring snacks in for the family. You can seek out some of the little known food treasures at the fair that are not that expensive. When my kids were young, we never bought them souvenirs or any of the other things at the fair that just add to the cost. So they just didn't ask, They came on their free school tickets or went on "bracelet day" which made it more reasonable. We did eat as a family there, but searched out the better deals. And yes, scones are one of the better choices for dessert or snacks. We skipped the cotton candy and junk that is so expensive. And they always had a ball and did not feel "deprived" for not having the expensive things. Another thought: we know the fair is coming, we all know when it is. We all know that it involves an expenditure. Even small children can be taught a valuable money lesson by being involved in planning and earning money for the fair. Saving allowances and gift money, selling lemonade, pulling weeds, or whatever. In other words, you can still have a fun day and a great experience by knowing what to expect in the way of prices and working around that. If people quit buying the expensive food, then more reasonably priced food will pop up. If people quit riding the expensive short-lived rides, eventually they will get the idea and something will happen. The businesses and vendors who are at the fair do not get rich from this life. They are just trying to make a living like anybody else and have no control over the percentage the fair takes from their sales, nor the prices they pay for their food, which has to be purchased through the fair suppliers. So have some ingenuity. Instead of saying "never again" to an event you really would like to experience, say OK, on my own terms. You can spend a fortune at Disneyland or any other big theme park too, but you can also do it on a more modest budget if you don't buy a lot of junk and eat at every turn. I lived near Disneyland as a kid and yes, we got the hand stamp and then ate outside the park. I never thought a thing of it and enjoyed having a better meal. It's all in the way you present it to your family. So go ahead, enjoy the fair on your own terms and your own budget.

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I, too, have lived in Washington a long, long time and have attended the fair since, oh, the early 1970's. Do prices go up, sure. I think those of you who have enjoyed the fair in the past need to rethink how you approach attending the fair rather than just giving in and giving up. If you want to go to the fair, then do a little research first. Others have commented on ticket-ride packages you can purchase before you arrive. Don't just pile the family in the car and drive over, expecting to find some cheap or street parking, or bite the bullet and park in the $20 lot. DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST. Is there a park and ride then bus offered? Do you or a friend/neighbor/relative have a large van that you can pile a lot of people into? Take it and split the cost. Go really early, as suggested by some. If you can manage to go during the week, you can find street parking early. Have somebody drop you off, then offer to do the same. If you are taking kids, talk with them about what they may expect to be able to do at the fair. See the animals, see the free shows, etc. etc. Set a budget for the fair and stick to it. You can bring snacks in for the family. You can seek out some of the little known food treasures at the fair that are not that expensive. When my kids were young, we never bought them souvenirs or any of the other things at the fair that just add to the cost. So they just didn't ask, They came on their free school tickets or went on "bracelet day" which made it more reasonable. We did eat as a family there, but searched out the better deals. And yes, scones are one of the better choices for dessert or snacks. We skipped the cotton candy and junk that is so expensive. And they always had a ball and did not feel "deprived" for not having the expensive things. Another thought: we know the fair is coming, we all know when it is. We all know that it involves an expenditure. Even small children can be taught a valuable money lesson by being involved in planning and earning money for the fair. Saving allowances and gift money, selling lemonade, pulling weeds, or whatever. In other words, you can still have a fun day and a great experience by knowing what to expect in the way of prices and working around that. If people quit buying the expensive food, then more reasonably priced food will pop up. If people quit riding the expensive short-lived rides, eventually they will get the idea and something will happen. The businesses and vendors who are at the fair do not get rich from this life. They are just trying to make a living like anybody else and have no control over the percentage the fair takes from their sales, nor the prices they pay for their food, which has to be purchased through the fair suppliers. So have some ingenuity. Instead of saying "never again" to an event you really would like to experience, say OK, on my own terms. You can spend a fortune at Disneyland or any other big theme park too, but you can also do it on a more modest budget if you don't buy a lot of junk and eat at every turn. I lived near Disneyland as a kid and yes, we got the hand stamp and then ate outside the park. I never thought a thing of it and enjoyed having a better meal. It's all in the way you present it to your family. So go ahead, enjoy the fair on your own terms and your own budget.

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WATCH OUT FOR THE SECURITY THEY WILL BLAME YOU FOR THINGS!!!!! I am a long time resident of Puyallup and always make it a point to visit the fair at least once a year. We bring our kids and always have a great time, spendy but fun!!. This year I met a friend of mine and her 5 year old son along with my daughter who is 3. We were in line for a ride, patiently waiting for them to open up, there was another 12 people or so behind us, a security guard came up and said who ever has the 2nd pink hammer please come return it, it has been reported stolen, a gentleman spoke up and said he just bought his she said No I am speaking to the two girls up front, which made myself and my friend turn and say US? she said yes where is the pink hammer? We looked at each other like what the heck!!!! We have no idea what your talking about it, she said there are witnesses that have said they saw you two with the pink hammer, REALLY????? NO PINK HAMMER HERE!!!! We were sitting at those tables over there for 20 minutes then here for 5. The security guard took off to some game/vender area and talked with the person or person(s) that said it was us, she then returns all huffy and puffy and says "you can deny it all you want but we have witnesses that saw you take it and set it down" and she then stormed off!!!!! The strangest most ridiculous thing ever!!!! NEVER had a pink hammer in our hands, never even went by the booth that she said it was from!!!!! After the ride we tried to locate her, to not only clear ourselves and be able to enjoy the fair but to also get an apology from her for assuming it was us! We were unable to locate her but did find the supervisor who really wasn't much help, other than he knew who we were talking about and said he was sorry!! ~If you are going to call someone out in a group setting, pull them aside and discuss the situation,don't attack us, as if your god and we are little bugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Puyallup fair I hope this female security guard learns NOT to have a chip on her shoulder and get the FACTS before she attacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After 30 minutes trying to clear this mess up we were able to enjoy the rest of the day, however that situation just STILL isn't sitting well with me!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WATCH OUT FOR THE SECURITY THEY WILL BLAME YOU FOR THINGS!!!!! I am a long time resident of Puyallup and always make it a point to visit the fair at least once a year. We bring our kids and always have a great time, spendy but fun!!. This year I met a friend of mine and her 5 year old son along with my daughter who is 3. We were in line for a ride, patiently waiting for them to open up, there was another 12 people or so behind us, a security guard came up and said who ever has the 2nd pink hammer please come return it, it has been reported stolen, a gentleman spoke up and said he just bought his she said No I am speaking to the two girls up front, which made myself and my friend turn and say US? she said yes where is the pink hammer? We looked at each other like what the heck!!!! We have no idea what your talking about it, she said there are witnesses that have said they saw you two with the pink hammer, REALLY????? NO PINK HAMMER HERE!!!! We were sitting at those tables over there for 20 minutes then here for 5. The security guard took off to some game/vender area and talked with the person or person(s) that said it was us, she then returns all huffy and puffy and says "you can deny it all you want but we have witnesses that saw you take it and set it down" and she then stormed off!!!!! The strangest most ridiculous thing ever!!!! NEVER had a pink hammer in our hands, never even went by the booth that she said it was from!!!!! After the ride we tried to locate her, to not only clear ourselves and be able to enjoy the fair but to also get an apology from her for assuming it was us! We were unable to locate her but did find the supervisor who really wasn't much help, other than he knew who we were talking about and said he was sorry!! ~If you are going to call someone out in a group setting, pull them aside and discuss the situation,don't attack us, as if your god and we are little bugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Puyallup fair I hope this female security guard learns NOT to have a chip on her shoulder and get the FACTS before she attacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After 30 minutes trying to clear this mess up we were able to enjoy the rest of the day, however that situation just STILL isn't sitting well with me!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For those of you who are upset about the food prices, I feel you. However, most of the fault doesn't lie with the vendors. In fact, I would say 90% of it lies with the fair. They take 30% of the profit that vendors make. Yes, right off the top. Vendors have to pay the fair first and then pay their employees and then finally keep whatever is left. The fair is so legalistic about it that the vendors are required to turn all their receipts into the fair. Vendors also can't put tip jars out that say 'tips.' Only baristas can do that. All anyone else can do is put out a cup and hope that customers get the hint. The fair has put vendors into bankrupcy, including one buisness that had been for there for over 30 years and used to cater all the performers that came to the Grand Stand. They had five booths and still couldn't get out of the red. And was the fair sorry? No.
So yes, prices at the fair are outrageous. But when the CEO, Ken Hojem, decides that his pockets need an extra layer of linning, what are the vendors supposed to do?

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For those of you who are upset about the food prices, I feel you. However, most of the fault doesn't lie with the vendors. In fact, I would say 90% of it lies with the fair. They take 30% of the profit that vendors make. Yes, right off the top. Vendors have to pay the fair first and then pay their employees and then finally keep whatever is left. The fair is so legalistic about it that the vendors are required to turn all their receipts into the fair. Vendors also can't put tip jars out that say 'tips.' Only baristas can do that. All anyone else can do is put out a cup and hope that customers get the hint. The fair has put vendors into bankrupcy, including one buisness that had been for there for over 30 years and used to cater all the performers that came to the Grand Stand. They had five booths and still couldn't get out of the red. And was the fair sorry? No.
So yes, prices at the fair are outrageous. But when the CEO, Ken Hojem, decides that his pockets need an extra layer of linning, what are the vendors supposed to do?

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I understand and agree with what everyone is saying about the prices of the fair.. However, the organizers of the fair have no reason to lower prices when 80000 people attend on the weekends. Everywhere I go at the fair I see people spending money right and left (not me I might add). To get them to lower the prices, you have to stop spending money!!!!!

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I understand and agree with what everyone is saying about the prices of the fair.. However, the organizers of the fair have no reason to lower prices when 80000 people attend on the weekends. Everywhere I go at the fair I see people spending money right and left (not me I might add). To get them to lower the prices, you have to stop spending money!!!!!

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Had a great time just what I expected. It was huge and no stop fun. Newer system for game and ride tickets was very convenient. The prices for the games and rides a ridiculous,i.e, if you bought 20 ticketswhich it will cost you 5.25 for one shot of the bow and arrow game (one shot) and 4.50 was the average price per ride. Food was not tax included!!!! Please make tax inclusive and round take the extra change and balance the prices. 5 dollors for the corn dog plus tax . I really have to say they must of got a great deal on those hot dogs they were white, almost with no flavor. That is the number one reason I come to the fair is the Krusty Pups! Never again! I can go to the mall during Christmas, have the same experience, and skip the freak meat corn dogs. Note to Fair I would rather pay tax inclusive prices than guess prices and carry all the change all day. Overall had a great time price was afordable to get in but the nickle and dime stuff really got old. So I just stopped spending money due to the experince of the change from the tax.

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Had a great time just what I expected. It was huge and no stop fun. Newer system for game and ride tickets was very convenient. The prices for the games and rides a ridiculous,i.e, if you bought 20 ticketswhich it will cost you 5.25 for one shot of the bow and arrow game (one shot) and 4.50 was the average price per ride. Food was not tax included!!!! Please make tax inclusive and round take the extra change and balance the prices. 5 dollors for the corn dog plus tax . I really have to say they must of got a great deal on those hot dogs they were white, almost with no flavor. That is the number one reason I come to the fair is the Krusty Pups! Never again! I can go to the mall during Christmas, have the same experience, and skip the freak meat corn dogs. Note to Fair I would rather pay tax inclusive prices than guess prices and carry all the change all day. Overall had a great time price was afordable to get in but the nickle and dime stuff really got old. So I just stopped spending money due to the experince of the change from the tax.

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I've lived in the Tacoma area all my life. The Puyallup Fair was always a major highlight for me. It marked the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, and a day of fun with family and friends. My parents used to give me $10-15 on "school pass day," and with that I rode on rides, had scones, saw a show and usually brought home a souvenir.

Fast forward to 2010: Can't even walk in for less than $50. Don't bother trying to eat, you'll go broke. Rides? Not at those prices. I don't expect 1970s prices, but it's a FAIR, not Six Flags. This is supposed to be a community event, family fun, etc. It's only "fun" for families with six-figure incomes.

So sad. My grandkids will not know the joy of eating a scone, milking a goat, petting a cow, watching the rodeo, and taking their first ride on the Zipper.

Goodbye, Puyallup.

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I've lived in the Tacoma area all my life. The Puyallup Fair was always a major highlight for me. It marked the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, and a day of fun with family and friends. My parents used to give me $10-15 on "school pass day," and with that I rode on rides, had scones, saw a show and usually brought home a souvenir.

Fast forward to 2010: Can't even walk in for less than $50. Don't bother trying to eat, you'll go broke. Rides? Not at those prices. I don't expect 1970s prices, but it's a FAIR, not Six Flags. This is supposed to be a community event, family fun, etc. It's only "fun" for families with six-figure incomes.

So sad. My grandkids will not know the joy of eating a scone, milking a goat, petting a cow, watching the rodeo, and taking their first ride on the Zipper.

Goodbye, Puyallup.

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I have lived here all my life, and every year i go to the fair.we used to do everything,now the prices are so high that we stopped riding the short rides.and this year didnt even buy a corn dog at $4.50 thats outragouse how can you possably take kids to have fun anymore. and if the rides are so high why charge for entry fee along with the high prices you have to pay.and i agree they should have prizes on the games people want and pay big money for,why not make prizes people will use instead of dollar store toys.maybe have a game were you win free food or rides.they need to do something because less and less people are going.i paid extra for willie nelson tickets and they had us sqished like sardenes you couldnt move people were giving tickets away because it wasnt easy to share a seat with six people.and i up graded my tickets just for my grandma very disapointed at concerts at the fair its horrable. even the animals were turned backwards were you could only see horses and cows asses what a way for a horse to kick someone why cant we see there faces anymore.2 little burgers not good was25.00 not worth it.and if someone needs wheel chair its 50.00 rental you can buy one for that and you dont even use it that long they should charge buy hr or something.they shoudnt charge a entry if there making money inside.a box of 24 corndogs is 4.50 at sars grogery store how can they expect you to pay 4,50 for one if they made things cheeper for familys to eat you would sell more and in return make more.i will never pay to get in kids get free tickets at school and its to much even with that.they dnt give no prizes out or give you anything its pay pay pay .what happened to the days you could go and get things for free for there advertizment.its not worth the money anymore!!if they dont change it the fair will either keep going up or no one will go and it wont be there anymore or the few that go are being charged for the missing people that arnt going and it will go up and up the less people that go.the kids taking animals in the fair dont pay them so were does entry fee go.kids would work in exchange for rides and games.y dnt the kids that feed and work on there preperation all year to bring there animal to fair get paid if they charge so much.

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I have lived here all my life, and every year i go to the fair.we used to do everything,now the prices are so high that we stopped riding the short rides.and this year didnt even buy a corn dog at $4.50 thats outragouse how can you possably take kids to have fun anymore. and if the rides are so high why charge for entry fee along with the high prices you have to pay.and i agree they should have prizes on the games people want and pay big money for,why not make prizes people will use instead of dollar store toys.maybe have a game were you win free food or rides.they need to do something because less and less people are going.i paid extra for willie nelson tickets and they had us sqished like sardenes you couldnt move people were giving tickets away because it wasnt easy to share a seat with six people.and i up graded my tickets just for my grandma very disapointed at concerts at the fair its horrable. even the animals were turned backwards were you could only see horses and cows asses what a way for a horse to kick someone why cant we see there faces anymore.2 little burgers not good was25.00 not worth it.and if someone needs wheel chair its 50.00 rental you can buy one for that and you dont even use it that long they should charge buy hr or something.they shoudnt charge a entry if there making money inside.a box of 24 corndogs is 4.50 at sars grogery store how can they expect you to pay 4,50 for one if they made things cheeper for familys to eat you would sell more and in return make more.i will never pay to get in kids get free tickets at school and its to much even with that.they dnt give no prizes out or give you anything its pay pay pay .what happened to the days you could go and get things for free for there advertizment.its not worth the money anymore!!if they dont change it the fair will either keep going up or no one will go and it wont be there anymore or the few that go are being charged for the missing people that arnt going and it will go up and up the less people that go.the kids taking animals in the fair dont pay them so were does entry fee go.kids would work in exchange for rides and games.y dnt the kids that feed and work on there preperation all year to bring there animal to fair get paid if they charge so much.

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i was just wondering what type of enterainment is going to be there and how much the tickets are going to cost for 2 adults

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i was just wondering what type of enterainment is going to be there and how much the tickets are going to cost for 2 adults

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I'm convinced this fair thinks it's Disneyland. The price on everything is inflated to at least double of what an average person would consider reasonable. The difference between the two is at Disneyland you pay $4 for a Coke, then ride Splash Mountain. At the Puyallup, you pay $4 for a Coke, then look at cows.

This fair needs to realize that it is a FAIR, not some sort of exclusive resort. Families flock to this place only to be disappointed by the high-priced, low-quality experience.

I've been doing the Puyallup forever (as both an attendee and a vendor) and have gathered many tips and tricks to make the experience less expensive and more enjoyable.

THE QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO THE PUYALLUP FAIR:

TICKETS:
Tickets are about $12 per adult, which isn't that bad, but there's still ways to get around it.

Vendors and exhibitors often get way more tickets than they need. If you have a friend who is/knows someone who is participating at the fair, you might be able to bum a free ticket.

Another way to get free tickets is to enter certain things to be exhibited (produce, art, etc.). Not everything gets you in for free though, so check first.

If all else fails, visit the fair's website for links to discount tickets. Local business partner with the fair to provide 25%-ish off. This year there was a free-day too, so it's worth checking.

PARKING:
Parking is around $20 for anything close to the fair, and gets cheaper as you move away.

I've never personally done this, but if you arrive at the grounds early enough, you can find free street parking. Good luck.

What I usually do is find a free/cheap lot and take a free shuttle right to the gate. Kiwanis runs one of these, and there's probably others if you know where to look.

Public transportation is always an option, too.

FOOD:
Do not eat meals on the grounds. Seriously. Avoid it at all costs. If you do, expect to pay exorbitant 5-star prices for food you wouldn't feed you dog. And I'm no snob - I'll eat fast food any day, but this stuff makes Dick's look like Canlis.

My advice is to buy scones as a snack (at $1.25, they're not terrible price-wise, and they're tasty!), then when you're hungry, get you hand stamped and eat outside the fair. There's a couple fast food places within walking distance (Jack in the Box), and some stands along the road selling cheaper food. Pretty much anything but fair food works. Dig something out of a dumpster if you have to.

If you're thirsty in the fair, head over to the Mountain Spring stand and buy a bottle of water for a buck.

RIDES/GAMES:
Rides are about $5 each and last 1-2 minutes. If you're only planning on riding a couple rides (I recommend the classic wooden Coaster Thrill Ride), you pretty much have to bite the bullet on those prices.

Otherwise, you can save some money with a dizzy pass. Be sure to survey the rides before buying one so you know exactly what you're getting into (it doesn't include the Extreme Scream). Bear in mind:

2009 Puyallup Fair dizzy pass: $25.

2009 Wild Waves "Fright Fest" tickets: $20.

So yeah...

This year they had a 1-day $1.50 per ride deal. Not bad if can stand the lines. Be sure to check the fair's website for more deals like this.

The games are the typical midway faire. The only ones I waste my money on are dime-toss and ski-ball. Prizes are the usual lot of useless trinkets.

EVERYTHING ELSE:
Despite my berating of the fair, don't be discouraged! The Puyallup does have a decent amount of free stuff left. Just take a peak inside the schedule to find the free shows/exhibits. Be sure to take some time to explore the nooks and crannies of this giant fairground - there's a surprising amount of hidden distractions away from the crowds and lights.

CONCLUSION:
If you play you cards right, you can go from paying $100+ for a day of fun, to $20 for basically the same experience. Just go with a good game plan in mind.

And don't eat the food.

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★★☆☆☆

I'm convinced this fair thinks it's Disneyland. The price on everything is inflated to at least double of what an average person would consider reasonable. The difference between the two is at Disneyland you pay $4 for a Coke, then ride Splash Mountain. At the Puyallup, you pay $4 for a Coke, then look at cows.

This fair needs to realize that it is a FAIR, not some sort of exclusive resort. Families flock to this place only to be disappointed by the high-priced, low-quality experience.

I've been doing the Puyallup forever (as both an attendee and a vendor) and have gathered many tips and tricks to make the experience less expensive and more enjoyable.

THE QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO THE PUYALLUP FAIR:

TICKETS:
Tickets are about $12 per adult, which isn't that bad, but there's still ways to get around it.

Vendors and exhibitors often get way more tickets than they need. If you have a friend who is/knows someone who is participating at the fair, you might be able to bum a free ticket.

Another way to get free tickets is to enter certain things to be exhibited (produce, art, etc.). Not everything gets you in for free though, so check first.

If all else fails, visit the fair's website for links to discount tickets. Local business partner with the fair to provide 25%-ish off. This year there was a free-day too, so it's worth checking.

PARKING:
Parking is around $20 for anything close to the fair, and gets cheaper as you move away.

I've never personally done this, but if you arrive at the grounds early enough, you can find free street parking. Good luck.

What I usually do is find a free/cheap lot and take a free shuttle right to the gate. Kiwanis runs one of these, and there's probably others if you know where to look.

Public transportation is always an option, too.

FOOD:
Do not eat meals on the grounds. Seriously. Avoid it at all costs. If you do, expect to pay exorbitant 5-star prices for food you wouldn't feed you dog. And I'm no snob - I'll eat fast food any day, but this stuff makes Dick's look like Canlis.

My advice is to buy scones as a snack (at $1.25, they're not terrible price-wise, and they're tasty!), then when you're hungry, get you hand stamped and eat outside the fair. There's a couple fast food places within walking distance (Jack in the Box), and some stands along the road selling cheaper food. Pretty much anything but fair food works. Dig something out of a dumpster if you have to.

If you're thirsty in the fair, head over to the Mountain Spring stand and buy a bottle of water for a buck.

RIDES/GAMES:
Rides are about $5 each and last 1-2 minutes. If you're only planning on riding a couple rides (I recommend the classic wooden Coaster Thrill Ride), you pretty much have to bite the bullet on those prices.

Otherwise, you can save some money with a dizzy pass. Be sure to survey the rides before buying one so you know exactly what you're getting into (it doesn't include the Extreme Scream). Bear in mind:

2009 Puyallup Fair dizzy pass: $25.

2009 Wild Waves "Fright Fest" tickets: $20.

So yeah...

This year they had a 1-day $1.50 per ride deal. Not bad if can stand the lines. Be sure to check the fair's website for more deals like this.

The games are the typical midway faire. The only ones I waste my money on are dime-toss and ski-ball. Prizes are the usual lot of useless trinkets.

EVERYTHING ELSE:
Despite my berating of the fair, don't be discouraged! The Puyallup does have a decent amount of free stuff left. Just take a peak inside the schedule to find the free shows/exhibits. Be sure to take some time to explore the nooks and crannies of this giant fairground - there's a surprising amount of hidden distractions away from the crowds and lights.

CONCLUSION:
If you play you cards right, you can go from paying $100+ for a day of fun, to $20 for basically the same experience. Just go with a good game plan in mind.

And don't eat the food.

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6.50 for Cotton Candy for my 5 year old! WTF!!! That was only the beginning of the robbery! Two words sums it up... NEVER AGAIN! Family fun my eye!!

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6.50 for Cotton Candy for my 5 year old! WTF!!! That was only the beginning of the robbery! Two words sums it up... NEVER AGAIN! Family fun my eye!!

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I took my wife and three kids to the Puyallup in September 2008.

Some background: I grew up in Seattle, in the 70s we went to the Puyallup every summer. After I got my driver's license I went to the Puyallup with my girlfriend, every year. The Puyallup used to be PACKED with people, it was so crowded there was a huge traffic jam to exit the fair at night, locals reading this must remember the good ole days of the Puyallup and all of the crowds.

When we went this past Sept, the weather was absolutely perfect, a dream for The Fair. However, I noticed there were relatively few people. A thin crowd to say the least. I am wondering why. Could it be the economy? People now have other options for entertainment? Or, as I suspect, the Puyallup has set prices so high that they've priced themselves out of business.

The Fair prices:

Admission for two parents and three kids, about $45.
Parking, $20 (this is outrageous, keeps people away, and the city needs to reign it in)

Rides. $5 each ride, and they are often only about 45 seconds long. We started with some magic scary castle ride, 5 people = $25. We were literally in and out in less than 1 minute. I let the kids do a few rides and it set us back over $100, and they were just a joke. If it costs too much to have the Funtastic carnies truck those rides in and pay for insurance, just buy your own rides or scrap the rides altogether. I am more annoyed paying $25 for 50 seconds of ride than I would be with no rides. There has got to be a way to make it fair. Perhaps mandate that each ride provides 3 minutes of fun if you can't control the price. It was just ridiculous.

Carnival Games. The games are traditional and kind of fun but if you win, you get a piece of junk stuffed animal that isn't worth 10 cents. There has to be another way. I don't want to play because I don't want the prize. The city should be able to dictate what that Fair gives away. I'd play a lot more if the prize is 4 oz of local honey, or some scone mix, or something of value. Change the prizes.

However you look at it, the Puyallup Fair attendance today has to be 1/5 of what it used to be, yet the population has exploded. Time to put some new leadership in charge of that dying fair, or do SOMETHING. I am definitely not going back until I hear about changes that make it affordable.

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I took my wife and three kids to the Puyallup in September 2008.

Some background: I grew up in Seattle, in the 70s we went to the Puyallup every summer. After I got my driver's license I went to the Puyallup with my girlfriend, every year. The Puyallup used to be PACKED with people, it was so crowded there was a huge traffic jam to exit the fair at night, locals reading this must remember the good ole days of the Puyallup and all of the crowds.

When we went this past Sept, the weather was absolutely perfect, a dream for The Fair. However, I noticed there were relatively few people. A thin crowd to say the least. I am wondering why. Could it be the economy? People now have other options for entertainment? Or, as I suspect, the Puyallup has set prices so high that they've priced themselves out of business.

The Fair prices:

Admission for two parents and three kids, about $45.
Parking, $20 (this is outrageous, keeps people away, and the city needs to reign it in)

Rides. $5 each ride, and they are often only about 45 seconds long. We started with some magic scary castle ride, 5 people = $25. We were literally in and out in less than 1 minute. I let the kids do a few rides and it set us back over $100, and they were just a joke. If it costs too much to have the Funtastic carnies truck those rides in and pay for insurance, just buy your own rides or scrap the rides altogether. I am more annoyed paying $25 for 50 seconds of ride than I would be with no rides. There has got to be a way to make it fair. Perhaps mandate that each ride provides 3 minutes of fun if you can't control the price. It was just ridiculous.

Carnival Games. The games are traditional and kind of fun but if you win, you get a piece of junk stuffed animal that isn't worth 10 cents. There has to be another way. I don't want to play because I don't want the prize. The city should be able to dictate what that Fair gives away. I'd play a lot more if the prize is 4 oz of local honey, or some scone mix, or something of value. Change the prizes.

However you look at it, the Puyallup Fair attendance today has to be 1/5 of what it used to be, yet the population has exploded. Time to put some new leadership in charge of that dying fair, or do SOMETHING. I am definitely not going back until I hear about changes that make it affordable.

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the puyallup fair is a fun place to go on like a tueday morning. but god help you if you decide to go on a weekend. if is way too crowded and u cant even get your way around!!!

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the puyallup fair is a fun place to go on like a tueday morning. but god help you if you decide to go on a weekend. if is way too crowded and u cant even get your way around!!!

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wow what a rip off the rides are so cver priced it is said 5 85cent tickets for my 5 year old to ride one short ride do they have to be that greedy I guess so I will never take my family of 5 again I work hard for my money and it was sad to see my kids cry because the 60 dollars I could not even afford for rides was gone in 15 min

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wow what a rip off the rides are so cver priced it is said 5 85cent tickets for my 5 year old to ride one short ride do they have to be that greedy I guess so I will never take my family of 5 again I work hard for my money and it was sad to see my kids cry because the 60 dollars I could not even afford for rides was gone in 15 min

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The Puyallup Fair is Western Washington's place to celebrate good old fashion fair fun. Great agricultural events. Funny street acts, Top name grand stand entertainers, and Great Pies at the Young Life Pie Booth. I would not miss this annual event.

PROS: Every thing about this Event
CONS: Lots of people,

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The Puyallup Fair is Western Washington's place to celebrate good old fashion fair fun. Great agricultural events. Funny street acts, Top name grand stand entertainers, and Great Pies at the Young Life Pie Booth. I would not miss this annual event.

PROS: Every thing about this Event
CONS: Lots of people,

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The Puyallup fair has all that you would expect in a fair. . . good food, great rides, entertainment, high prices, and crowds. If you go looking for a good time and have some money in you pocket you won't be disappointed.

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The Puyallup fair has all that you would expect in a fair. . . good food, great rides, entertainment, high prices, and crowds. If you go looking for a good time and have some money in you pocket you won't be disappointed.

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The Puyallup Fair is a Northwest legend as far as state fairs. Always in early September is a classic hometown fair with food, entertainment and animals galore. Many opportunities for reduced or free tickets from kids at their school. Parking is a challenge.

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The Puyallup Fair is a Northwest legend as far as state fairs. Always in early September is a classic hometown fair with food, entertainment and animals galore. Many opportunities for reduced or free tickets from kids at their school. Parking is a challenge.

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The Puyallup Fair is a full day's entertainment. They have a wonderful variety of things for all ages. The food, the displays, the hobbies, the vegetables and flowers--not to mention all the things that are available to buy--all make for a full day. The women's building is a showcase of all the beautiful handiwork that women in the area have created. The Young Life Pie Booth is the place to stop for a cinnamon roll in the morning, and pie at night!

PROS: A full day's entertainment for the price of admission!
CONS:

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The Puyallup Fair is a full day's entertainment. They have a wonderful variety of things for all ages. The food, the displays, the hobbies, the vegetables and flowers--not to mention all the things that are available to buy--all make for a full day. The women's building is a showcase of all the beautiful handiwork that women in the area have created. The Young Life Pie Booth is the place to stop for a cinnamon roll in the morning, and pie at night!

PROS: A full day's entertainment for the price of admission!
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The Puyallup fair is fun and a great place to take your family. The rides can get a bit expensive, so we spend our time meandering through the animals and buildings. The "collection" building is one of our favorites!

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The Puyallup fair is fun and a great place to take your family. The rides can get a bit expensive, so we spend our time meandering through the animals and buildings. The "collection" building is one of our favorites!

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The Puyallup Fair is must each year. It's huge, so there's something for everyone - food (get a scone or 12!), games, rides, exhibits, and more! I highly recommend a delicious slice of pie from the YoungLife Pie booth -- it's a good price for a good cause. Look for YoungLife BBQ and Teriyaki as well!

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The Puyallup Fair is must each year. It's huge, so there's something for everyone - food (get a scone or 12!), games, rides, exhibits, and more! I highly recommend a delicious slice of pie from the YoungLife Pie booth -- it's a good price for a good cause. Look for YoungLife BBQ and Teriyaki as well!

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Get free entrances passes from your kids school or the paper or somewhere (they can be found and will save you big money). Park a few blocks away on a side street (free parking can be found and will save you big money). Check out the animals (free). Eat at the Young Life Pie Booth (money to a great cause and it's the best deal at the fair!) and then you'll have money to ride rides and play games.

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Get free entrances passes from your kids school or the paper or somewhere (they can be found and will save you big money). Park a few blocks away on a side street (free parking can be found and will save you big money). Check out the animals (free). Eat at the Young Life Pie Booth (money to a great cause and it's the best deal at the fair!) and then you'll have money to ride rides and play games.

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The Puyallup Fair is a great place to go with family and Friends for a day of fun. There is great food, lots of fun rides, and great exhibits. A stop my the Young Life pie booth is a must. They have all sorts of types of pie that anyone is sure to find a kind they like.

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The Puyallup Fair is a great place to go with family and Friends for a day of fun. There is great food, lots of fun rides, and great exhibits. A stop my the Young Life pie booth is a must. They have all sorts of types of pie that anyone is sure to find a kind they like.

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You can't miss the annual Puyallup Fair. A must for anyone in the Northwest and the pie booth hosted by Young Life has the best pie and the best service at the fair. Stop by and say hi.

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You can't miss the annual Puyallup Fair. A must for anyone in the Northwest and the pie booth hosted by Young Life has the best pie and the best service at the fair. Stop by and say hi.

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I would highly recommend going and experiencing the puyallup fair. It's a great place for the family and friends and when you get hungry, check out the best BBQ and Pie booth around hosted by Young Life. It's SOOO GOOOD and it has great customer service!

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I would highly recommend going and experiencing the puyallup fair. It's a great place for the family and friends and when you get hungry, check out the best BBQ and Pie booth around hosted by Young Life. It's SOOO GOOOD and it has great customer service!

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Make some memories and visit the Puyallup Fair! I have gone every single year since Kindergarten, and have made it a tradition for my daughters as well. They have a wide variety of rides, for both adults and small children. There are the standard carnival games with the cheap prizes, the delicious fair food (Krusty Pups and Scones!), and a diverse selection of entertainment. We usually try to catch the hypnotist because each time the show is hillarious! I don't think you could ever get tired of seeing someone think their neighbor is a pillow and watch them fluff them. The Hobby Hall and other halls are also a lot of fun if you're not interested in rides. In the sales booths you can find things you didn't even know existed! The prices of the fair seemed to have gone up in the last few years. If you are going to go to ride rides, be sure to go on a bracelet day to get the most out of your money. If you want to save even MORE money, go opening day when the gates open to get in free. Some people get their hand stamped and come back after work. ;)

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Make some memories and visit the Puyallup Fair! I have gone every single year since Kindergarten, and have made it a tradition for my daughters as well. They have a wide variety of rides, for both adults and small children. There are the standard carnival games with the cheap prizes, the delicious fair food (Krusty Pups and Scones!), and a diverse selection of entertainment. We usually try to catch the hypnotist because each time the show is hillarious! I don't think you could ever get tired of seeing someone think their neighbor is a pillow and watch them fluff them. The Hobby Hall and other halls are also a lot of fun if you're not interested in rides. In the sales booths you can find things you didn't even know existed! The prices of the fair seemed to have gone up in the last few years. If you are going to go to ride rides, be sure to go on a bracelet day to get the most out of your money. If you want to save even MORE money, go opening day when the gates open to get in free. Some people get their hand stamped and come back after work. ;)

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Built on the grounds of a ex-Japanese Internment Camp, the Puyallup fair is worth an occasional visit. They have twice as many of everything than they need, and the same booths and games as any other country fair. You'll have to fight traffic. There is relatively cheap parking relatively close, unofficial, so you can go get drunk in your car so you can enjoy yourself.

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Built on the grounds of a ex-Japanese Internment Camp, the Puyallup fair is worth an occasional visit. They have twice as many of everything than they need, and the same booths and games as any other country fair. You'll have to fight traffic. There is relatively cheap parking relatively close, unofficial, so you can go get drunk in your car so you can enjoy yourself.

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A trip to the Puyallup Fair is a yearly event for us. It is so much fun. It's the largest fair I have ever seen. There is so many different rides and games, they have all the best ones too. So many things to see. They have all kinds of animals, and a petting zoo for the the children. I wish it was open all year around!

PROS: Lots of fun
CONS: Parking

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A trip to the Puyallup Fair is a yearly event for us. It is so much fun. It's the largest fair I have ever seen. There is so many different rides and games, they have all the best ones too. So many things to see. They have all kinds of animals, and a petting zoo for the the children. I wish it was open all year around!

PROS: Lots of fun
CONS: Parking

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