September 6, 2012

Puyallup Fair discounts and coupons for admission, rides and shows

I originally shared this August 20 – but the fair starts tomorrow, so I’m bumping it up! And save the date – I plan to be at the fair Thursday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the News Tribune table. I hope to have coupon books to give out and I’d love to meet you! More details to come.

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This year’s Puyallup Fair is September 7-23. Getting the best deals on admission, rides, and shows requires a little planning, and likely a ticket purchase before the fair opens.

Here’s a round-up of the best deals:

  • Bring a donation for the Puyallup Food Bank and get free admission on opening day, Friday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Fred Meyer offers a package deal. For $34.95, you get two adult admissions, $10 in food bucks, 6 ride tickets and a 2-for-1 rodeo admission. The package is available at Fred Meyer stores now through September 7. Save $27!
  • Get 50% off rides, games and select food on Monday, September 10. Purchase online or at the fair.
  • Free kids admission on September 8 and 9 with an online coupon from BECU.
  • Free admission for active, retired, and reserve military and National Guard and their dependents, and disabled veterans with a valid military ID on Monday, September 10 and 17.  Show ID at gate.

Check out the Puyallup Fair website for a more complete run-down of discounts for this year’s fair.

Even with free or discounted admission, going to the fair can be expensive. Here are a few ways to save money without sacrificing fun:

  • Using street or off-site parking. You can save half or more compared to parking in the fairground lots.
  • Eat dinner at home. Come to the fair early (after a big breakfast!) and leave before dinner. Relive the day’s adventures while you enjoy dinner at home.
  • Decide what you’ll do before you get there. How many treats will you have? How many rides will you go on? What shows will you see? Plan ahead to avoid making spur-of-the-moment purchases.

How does your family enjoy the fair without spending a fortune? Do you have fair traditions?


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  1. If you enter things into the fair, you get a ticket to the fair. Be an exhibitor and you have free entrance. “Present your entry and on-line entry summary/receipt
    at the gate of your choice for your admission to the Fair
    on contest day. No additional passes will be distributed” You can enter your handmade items, enter the apple pie contest, jams, canned foods, scrapbook items, build something with legos, christmas stockings….etc. etc.

  2. There’s a much better deal than anything you’ve listed. Every school (public and private) gets an allocation of free Puyallup Fair tickets for their students. All you have to do to get them for your children is to ASK!

    (Educators and anybody who works for a school can also get free tickets to the fair. Just ask.)

    • (These tickets can be used by any school age kid age 18 and under on any day the fair is open.)

      Oh, another thing. Someone pushing a handicapped person (or elderly person) in a wheelchair also gets in free to the fair.

  3. Was also going to point out the Puyallup Fair’s bus route. There are several places to catch it, but I prefer the South Hill Mall pick-up. Should you miss the bus, it is technically close enough to walk to!

  4. We take the bus to save money on parking, and it is fast and easy. We pack our own food. Also, we put in a few volunteer hours to get free admission.

  5. Excellent suggestions. Fairgoers can bring in their own food/snacks/water. There is plenty of free entertainment on the various stages as well as strolling entertainers. A friend and I were just reminiscing how we would make a game of it when we were teenagers to see how much free stuff we could get in the course of a day! The Puyallup Pak backpacks, available for purchase inside the fair, always have discount coupons for food as well. And, even thought it’s not quite the same, you can even get scone mix at many stores around here and make your own at home for dessert after a day at the fair. When my kids were young, I found a wagon more practical than a stroller as it could haul more and was easily parked while going in the Paulhamus Arena, etc.

    Taking public transportation can take some of the headache out of parking. Here is what Pierce Transit has to say about this year’s options:

  6. Shelly :) says:

    BECU is offering $7.00 adult admission but you have to buy before 8/27/12. There is a $2.00 per order processing charge.

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