State Fair welcomes back visitors
By Colin Anderson
Washington’s largest gathering is back as the State Fair and Rodeo is ready to rock throughout the month of September. Fire up the deep fryers and grills, and prepare for the sights and smells that only the fair can deliver. With an incredible live music lineup, several new attractions, and the traditional favorites, it’s a place where everyone will find fun and plenty of memories.
The State Fair and Rodeo kicks off on Friday, September 3, and runs through Sunday, September 26. The opening weekend begins with a bang as The Steve Miller Band opens up the fair Friday night, followed by megastar Carrie Underwood on Saturday and ‘90’s icons Salt N Pepa, Tag Team, and local favorite Sir Mix-a-Lot rounding out the opening weekend performances on Sunday. Other acts throughout the month include 38 Special, Sublime with Rome, Ice Cube, Styx & REO Speed Wagon, Macklemore, and Darius Rucker.
The exhibits are always a fan favorite, and new this year is the Hall of Heroes. This exhibit is all about superhero lore and features many interactive pieces. You’ll find a replica of the original batmobile and bat cave, as well as other rare memorabilia and photo opportunities for the kids. The little ones can also learn what it’s like to be a farmer for a day at The Farm at SillyVille. Here they observe cows being milked, learn how grain is harvested, pick live fruits and vegetables, gather chicken eggs, and plant seeds for the future.
The ever-popular rodeo takes place September 9 through 12, with 24 competitors in each event vying to win it all. You’ll see bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing and several roping events. Each night you can hop onto the rodeo grounds for the nightly Dancin’ in the Dirt concerts.
As always, a huge array of food and beverage vendors will be on hand to satisfy your hunger and thirst. To purchase tickets in advance, and for current health and safety regulations regarding the fair, visit TheFair.com.