The Washington State Fair 2013 festival is one of 3 large and in charge festivals for the WA area. All three are ranked nationally for best fairs in the US. The other two are the Evergreen State Fair and the Central Washington State Fair 2013.
Expected Attendance: 500,000+
Dates of the Washington State Fair September 6 – September 22, 2013
Address of the Washington State Fair:Washington State Fair 2013 Festival Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup, Washington 98371
About the Washington State Fair
The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The Fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the world. The Western Washington Fair Association hosts two annual events, the 17-day Washington State Fair every September, and the four-day Spring Fair in Puyallup every April.
Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, the Fair & Events Center comprises 169+ acres, with buildings and land valued at more than $54 million. The facilities are available for rent during the year, making the grounds a valuable community resource. A staff of 55 works year-round. Over 1,900+ employees are hired each September during the Fair.
Washington State Fair 2013 Events and Concert line up
- An Evening with Little Big Town
- Monday, September 9 at 7:30 pm
- The Celtic Tenors with the Tacoma Symphony
- Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 pm
- Cheap Trick
- Two classic albums performed live with orchestra: At Budokan and Sgt. Pepper Live
- Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 pm
- CeeLo Green
- Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 pm
- Carrie Underwood
- Friday, September 13 at 7:30 pm
- Back to the Bowery Tour
- Monday, September 16 at 7:30 pm
- RAISE the ROOF! Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Kutless, and Jars of Clay
- Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm
- Carnival of Madness
- Shinedown – Skillet – In This Moment with We As Human
- Wednesday, September 18 at 5:00 pm
- On Sale: Sat, Jun 22 at 10 am
- Larry the Cable Guy
- Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm
- Carly Rae Jepsen plus Hot Chelle Rae
- Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm
- Austin Mahone & Bridgit Mendler
- Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm
- An Evening with Kid Rock
- Sunday, September 22 at 7:30 pm
Evergreen State Fair 2013 festival
Date: August 22 to September 2, 2013
Location:Evergreen State Fair 2013 festival 14405 179th Ave Southeast Monroe, Washington 98272
Expected Attendance: over 350,000
Dates: September 20 to 29, 2013
Central Washington State Fair 2013 FestivalLocation: Central Washing State Fair 2013 Festival 1301 South Fair Avenue Yakima, Washington 98901 From Seattle: East on I-90 take the I-82 South exit at Ellensburg to Yakima. In Yakima take Exit #33A West. Follow signs to the SunDome/State Fair Park.From Spokane: West on I-90 take the I-82 South exit at Ellensburg to Yakima. In Yakima take Exit #33A West. Follow signs to the SunDome/State Fair Park.
From Portland: East on I-84. Take SR 97 North to I-82. On I-82 travel North to Yakima. In Yakima take Exit #34 West. Follow signs to the SunDome/State Fair Park.
From the Tri-Cities: West on I-82 towards Prosser/Yakima. In Yakima take Exit #34 West. Follow signs to the SunDome/State Fair Park.
There are so many ways Yakima can entertain you at this year’s Fair. Concerts, grandstand attractions and community entertainers…the list goes on.
As Yakima fine tune the events for this year’s fair, the State Fair invite you to visit our website often. Yakima will continue with updates up until the day we start!
Let them entertain you!
Concert and Events for Central Washington State Fair
|Sat. Sept. 21||
|Riders in the SkyCreators of the music from the Toy Story and Monster’s Inc. movies!
|Sun. Sept. 22||
|Plain White T’s
|Mon. Sept. 23||
|Tues. Sept. 24||
|Wed. Sept. 25||
|Thurs. Sept 26||
|Prince Williams and Ree
|Fri. Sept. 27||
|Sawyer Murphy Brown
|Sat. Sept. 28||
American Sprint Car Series – Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. 6 p.m. showtime. Pre-qualifying begins prior to the show and Grandstand is open to spectators.
Excitement! Noise! Great crowds! Watch these sprint cars fly around the clay track at 100 miles per hour! Can’t beat this event for quality, family entertainment!
Jaripeo de Lujo
Always a crowd favorite, the Mexican Rodeo is a fabulous afternoon of lively, upbeat music for our Latino community plus some bull riding for the fans. Show starts at 2 p.m. in the Coca Cola Grandstand. Free with Fair Admission.
Saturday, September 28th
Demo Derby is always a favorite fair event for families and the macho men! Grab a corn dog or elephant ear, then wander into the Coca-Cola Grandstand for this exciting show. NEW! Reserved box seats will be available to purchase for this event.
A variety of entertainment will take place on the Gazebo and on the asphalt area immediately adjacent to the Gazebo. Contests will also take place each day at this location. Please click on Daily Schedule with the purple banner above approximately September 15 for a complete listing of ALL Gazebo entertainment.
Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik will appear twice daily on the Pacific Power Community Stage, adjacent to Food Court.
Other local and regional acts will also be featured on the Pacific Power Community Stage throughout the 10-day Fair.
Carnival Rides / Midway
Butler Amusements, one of the west coast’s top carnival companies, returns as our carnival once again! Butler continues to serve us well and we’re pleased to have worked with them since the early 1990s.
The following information is important as it relates to the carnival rides:
Children under 36 inches cannot ride any rides. (Children measuring 32-36 inches may ride the carousel with a paying adult.)
Butler Amusement Ride List
Two new rides await! VERTIGO and STAR TROOPER!Both rides require 5 tickets and rider must be a minimum of 48″ tall.
History and General Information of Central Washington State Fair
Our convenient location in Central Washington and easy access off Interstate 82 combined with over 300 days of sunshine per year combine for a successful event! Nestled on 120 acres, we are home to the Central Washington State Fair….the original fair in Washington State! We are also home to the Yakima Valley Sun Dome, Yakima County Stadium, the Coca Cola Grandstands and Racetrack, and a historical variety of classic buildings for your events year-round. Whether you are looking for a historical, unique reception venue or an upscale business setting…State Fair Park offers it all!
Central Washington Fair Association
Central Washington State Fairgrounds, now called State Fair Park, was home to the only “State Fair” Washington ever hosted. When the State of Washington realized they really weren’t good at running fairs, they got out of the Fair business.
July 1939, a group of local businessmen formed the Central Washington Fair Association. The same association continues to run the County-owned fairgrounds and the annual agricultural fair.
We continue, in the legacy of those first Yakima visionaries, to strive to present a quality, family-rated Fair where we entertain, educate and celebrate.
In 1892 the first fair was held in Yakima when a group of businessmen assumed the responsibility of putting on a fair in a downtown building.
Previous to this time the entire State of Washington, for a period of two years, had been in an uproar trying to decide on the location of the State Capitol. On February 16, 1892, the Legislature made its decision andYakima received the nod for the State Fair and Olympia retained the title of Capitol City.The bill creating the State Agricultural Fair was passed on March 2, 1893, and $10,000 was set aside for work on the buildings. One hundred and twenty acres of land was purchased and by September 24, 1894, the following buildings, etc., had been erected: A grandstand large enough to seat 2,000 people, a racetrack, a mile track, an exhibit hall, 100 horse stalls, and a judges stand that was three stories high.
Agricultural exhibits started pouring in from all over the State, as well as livestock exhibits. They held Indian races, war dances, coyote hunts, harness races, and horse races. This type of fair continued and around 1915 the automobile was attracting a great deal of attention and many were on display at the Auto Show which was one of the main attractions. But horse racing, fruits and agriculture, and livestock still kept a predominant position in the Fair.
From 1925 to 1930, harness races, horse races, and automobile races were the feature grandstand attractions. Fireworks displays were always popular for the night shows. A great many free acts were brought in to fill in the lull between the ever-popular horse races.
No Fair was held in 1930 or 1931 due to the Legislature’s refusal to approve an operating budget. The Fair, however, was again held from 1932 through 1936 but these were not considered a success. Therefore, the Legislature abolished the State Fair and none were held in 1937 or 1938.
April 13, 1939, a group of 45 persons representing agriculture, livestock breeders, and business, met to discuss the possibility of holding a fair in Yakima. The State Fairgrounds were available as they had had little use since 1936 and this group of people tentatively decided to hold a fair that year. One week later the group met again and voted to hold a fair on September 28, 29, and 30 to be held in conjunction with the State 4-H Fair which owned a corner piece of property on the State Fairgrounds.
This group of people had no funds. They chose the name “Central Washington Fair Association.” Eight men contributed $5.00 each to pay for the incorporation papers. The Fair was organized and incorporated for the purpose of promoting livestock and agricultural industry in our State. It was agreed that seven persons should be elected to the board of directors to operate the Fair and that stock should be sold at $5.00 per share to raise funds. Regardless of how many shares any corporation or individual bought, no one person or group of persons would be allowed more than one vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting nor could they be assessed or receive dividends from their stock.
The members of the Board of Directors that were elected represented the livestock industry, agriculture, Granges, and men that had been connected with 4-H work in their youth. The 1939 Fair was a big success and at its conclusion the Board of Directors and Stockholders voted to again hold a Fair in 1940. In 1940 and 1941 the Fair was held for a four-day period and were both very successful. In July of 1942 the Governor asked that all fairs in the State be cancelled because of World War II. This continued through 1945.
Within three days of V-J day, August 14, 1945, the Board of Directors met and work was immediately begun on plans for a Fair in 1946. From 1946 until 1976, the Fair was an annual five-day event. In 1977, to accommodate the ever-growing crowds, the Board decided to expand the Fair to a nine-day event. This continued until 1996 when a “second” Sunday was added, making it a ten-day Fair (Friday through Sunday).
Attendance at the annual Fair has continued on an upward trend: In the 1920s and 30s, it averaged 50,000; in the 40s and 50s, the average was 75,000; the 60s’ attendance averaged 150,000+ with 1969 showing the first attendance over 200,000 (204,061 to be exact). The upward trend has continued through to the present — 1983 attendance was 324,481 (first year over 300,000).
Since the first Fair was held in 1892, throughout its history, when the Central Washington Fair Association was incorporated in 1939, and continuing to this day, the purpose of the Association has remained steadfast — to hold an annual fair and to promote and develop agriculture. As spelled out in its 1939 Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State’s office:
The object and purpose for which this Association is formed is:
1. For the purpose of promoting, developing, and cultivating an interest in Agriculture and Horticulture in Central Washington.
2. To provide for a Central Washington Fair to be held in Yakima, Washington.
3. To stimulate the interest in boys and girls in farming and farming activities and to provide an opportunity for them to exhibit farm products.
4. To stimulate an interest in farming activities with citizens of the State of Washington regardless of age.”
The annual Fair is truly a showcase of agriculture — with the world-renowned Grange displays, all forms of livestock, horticultural displays, farm equipment — and the fastest-growing agricultural commodity for the Yakima Valley — wine and wine grapes.
The Fair, of course, encompasses all the attributes that make it a fair — every imaginable kind of food, exciting carnival rides and games, entertainment to satisfy every age group, exhibits of all kinds, cutting-edge technology displays — all showcased on the beautiful 135-acre park-like fairgrounds.