PUYALLUP, Wash. -- It's not the most auspicious start to a State Fair. Heavy rain showers left behind ponds of water on the Washington State Fairgrounds, but that didn't slow workers down.
Preparations for opening day continued, this time with pumps to clear out the water. Drew Hicks has worked at the Washington State Fair for over 20 years.
"I've never seen it this rainy before on opening day," he said.
One of the Fair's premier attractions is Luminasia. Chinese artists put together elaborate light displays in the tradition of Chinese lanterns. You will find a 60-foot replica of the Space Needle, an orca whale at play, and even a giant ship with a dragon figure mounted at the bow.
Fifty-thousand lights are used to make them glow during the day and night. Unfortunately, most of them were dark as they waited for the rain water to drain before plugging them in.
"It took nine months to design the displays and a month to set them up, they are works of art and a lot of people will enjoy them," said Jonathan Sanford, Associate Producer of the Luminasia show.
Rides are also a big draw and this year you can experience a new, one-of-a-kind roller coaster called "Rainier Rush." But be prepared for a doozy of a ride, with speeds up to 80 mph and drops from 60 feet up!
Food is also an important stop for the more than 1,000,000 people expected to attend. That means thousand of Krusty Pups will be sold. Jami Sales is a member of the Sales family who has owned and operated the Krusty Pup stand for 90 years.
She said the Krusty Pup is a true symbol of the Washington State Fair. Sales said, "We have a a few special secret ingredients we use in our corn dog batter that makes them delicious and a huge draw."
When asked about the calorie count, Sales says, "when it comes to Fair food, you only eat it once a year, so forget the calories and enjoy!"
This is the 113 year of the Washington State Fair. It will run for the next 17 days. Tickets are available at the gate or at a discount at a variety of stores. Here's a link to get you started.