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Washington State Spring Fair: Reimagined and Ready for Families in 2021

Enjoy lots of fair favorites in a new drive-through and step-out format

Nancy Chaney

Published on: March 19, 2021

A black dog wears a red cape while seeming to fly through the air as part of the Dock Dogs show at the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup
Catch the DockDogs in action at the Washington State Spring Fair in 2021. Credit: Patrick Hagerty/Washington State Fair

Hooray for family events! After a year of losses, we are excited that the creative folks over at the Fair have reimagined the Washington State Spring Fair and it's going to happen for 2021. Woot! Tickets are on sale now.

This spring staple for Northwest families is going to look quite different, though, so read on for details and then plan to book your ticket ASAP. We suspect the Spring Fair's time slots will fill up quickly.

Typically taking place over just one long weekend, this year the Spring Fair will happen over 10 days; two Wednesday-through-Sunday chunks, April 7–11 and April 14–18. Timed-entry tickets by the carload get your crew onto the fairgrounds for a "drive-through and step-out" format.

Here's how it works:

Spring Fair tickets are being sold online only, and by the carload. That means you need to choose your day and time and buy your ticket ahead. You also need to pre-select an "experience" — more on that in a sec. The number of people you can include in your carload is determined by the number of seatbelts in your regular-sized vehicle (no, you can't bring your motorhome or 15-passenger van for the carload price ; see online for RV options).

At your ticket time, you'll drive onto the fairgrounds and follow a designated route. There'll be lots to enjoy from your car, including farm animals, strolling entertainment, Brad's World of Reptiles and daffodil displays, plus access to shopping, fair food favorites and snacks (all for additional purchase).

Also included with your carload ticket is one "experience," which you will choose when you book. The choices are Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, the DockDogs show or Bingo. For racing pigs and DockDogs, you'll get out of your vehicle (masks required); for Bingo, you'll stay in your car to play. Remember, you choose one of these at the time you buy your carload ticket.

Washington State Fair racing pigs credit Patrick Hagerty
Racing pigs. Credit: Patrick Hagerty/Washington State Fair

There are also a couple of add-ons available, as well. A Fair Fun Bucket costs $12, and you can also snag a ride in a monster truck. Rides cost $10 per person.

The Fair is also planning drive-in movies for Friday and Saturday nights, and the rides and games area will be open as well. You do not need to book a carload admission ticket to the Fair to do these activities; they can be accessed separately.

The movie lineup includes kid favorites "Frozen" and "Cars," alongside PG-13 selections "Black Panther" and "The Fast and the Furious." Movies start at 8:30 p.m., cost $25 per carload and are showing in the Blue Lot. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Buy drive-in movie tickets online and note that in the event of severe weather, drive-in movies may be canceled.

For the Spring Fair, access to the rides and games area, SillyVille and ThrillVille, can be purchased separately or added on to a regular carload admission ticket. Choose your time and snag your tickets to SillyVille or ThrillVille — or both — and go nuts.

If you go...

Find it: The 2021 Washington State Spring Fair takes place at the Washington State Fair Events Center at 110 9th Ave. S.W. in Puyallup.

When: Wednesday–Sunday, April 7–11 and 14–18, 2021.

Tickets and cost: Tickets for this year's Spring Fair are sold by the carload. Wednesday and Thursday tickets cost $30 per carload; Friday–Sunday tickets cost $35 per carload. Tickets are timed-entry and must be purchased in advance. Buy online. Tickets include one of three experiences (DockDogs, Racing Pigs or Bingo) which you must select when purchasing your ticket.

Safety: Masks are required to be worn any time you or your family members leave your vehicle, including for "step-out" activities and to buy food. Physical distancing is also required when outside your vehicle.

Extras: Add-on experiences include a Fun Bucket for an additional $12 on top of carload admission, and monster truck rides for an additional $10 per person on top of carload admission.

Separate experiences: Patrons can buy tickets to a drive-in movie or to the rides and games area (Sillyville and Thrillville) without purchasing a carload Spring Fair ticket. These events can be accessed separately.

More info: Check out the Washington State Spring Fair FAQ page.

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