Puyallup Fair time is here! Wondering how to save on your family’s fair trip?
I live right up the hill, so we’ve done plenty of fair going, and I have a few ideas for you. Feel free to share yours, too!
Best Deal if You’re a Military Family: Go Monday the 10th or Monday the 17th for free admission for active and retired members of the military and their dependents. The 10th is also Monday Madness Day, when you get half off rides and games and select food items.
Best Deal Otherwise: There are a number of coupons and deals for the Puyallup Fair. Which one is best, depends on what you value most in your fair going and when you want to make your trip.
- Love rides? If your idea of a good time is whirling and twirling, your best bet is to get a Dizzy Pass. These give you unlimited rides in Sillyville and on the Midway, and with the price of tickets you will be pretty quickly get your 27.50 worth Keep in mind these are only good on certain days, and don’t include admission.
- Got Kids? School age kids will receive free coupons through their school. Kids can also get in free this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, as part of BECU Free Kids Weekend. They will need to bring the coupon from the BECU web site. Kids 5 and under are always free.
- Want to Do a Little Bit of Everything? There are two good options if you like your fair experience to include a little bit of every kind of fair fun. Go on Monday the 10th for, “Monday Madness,” which is half-off rides, games, and select food items.
- On a budget? There are actually tons of things to do at the fair for free. Pay for the grown-ups to get in, use the kids’ free coupons, and then head to the exhibit halls for all kinds of free things to see and do. Just steer clear of the rides and food-which is what will really get you. My advice to make this work is to discuss the expectations before hand, and maybe have an alternative for after-like an evening of free fair fun ending with a trip to the ice cream parlor. You can use the Fair Planner along with the daily schedule to figure out what to hit. We usually let each of the boys do a set number of rides (like 3), and we limit our food to scones. Mmmm….scones!
- Tour the Rainforest! The FREE rainforest exhibit is new this year, and readers on the Facebook page said it’s excellent.
Other Deals: There is a BOGO admission coupon in the Entertainment Book for Tuesday the 11th or Tuesday the 18th. Thanks, Facebook reader, Lindsey! Reader Kimberley also wants you to know that Girl Scouts in uniform get in free on the 15th, and they can join in a parade, too.
Parking: There is no longer a bus to the fair (blame budget cutbacks to transit). You can catch the Kiwanis shuttle near Denny’s on the South Hill (You’ll see signs). I believe it’s a donation thing. If you want to drive yourself, generally speaking, the further out you park, the cheaper it gets. If you’re patient, you can circle until you find a street space for free. I like to park at a church or a school. The rate tends to be reasonable, and it’s going to a good cause. They also have people out, so your car looks less abandoned then it might sitting in the yard of someone who let you park and then went off to do whatever…I like the First Christian Church parking lot. Friendly folks, a hop and a skip away, and you get in and out privileges for your 10.00. If you’ve got another fav, feel free to weigh in!
Food: As I mentioned above, if you can survive without fair goodies, you’ll save a bundle. Another option if you can’t bear missing your onion burger, is to eat at the booths just outside the fair itself. They serve similar goodies for much less. Get your hand stamped if you want to go in and out.
Phew! It’s a bit of work wading through fair options, and this post didn’t begin to cover them all. You can head here to see all the available deals. You can head here to see the daily schedule-another good way to save is to pick the day you go based on when you see the most frugal fun available.
Are you headed to the fair this year? Do you have tips to save, or do you throw the budget to the wind for the sake of the onion burger? Either way, I’d love your comments!