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Weekend highlights: We’re fairly brimming with options

Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2; Evergreen State Fair, through Sept. 2; Washington State Fair Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive, Sept. 6

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Make the most of summer’s last long weekend with an extra day to enjoy outdoor fairs and festivals before the fall and busy school days arrive. Bumbershoot’s the biggest show in town, but there are plenty of other fun events to choose from around the Puget Sound area.

Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic trip to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the waterfront adjacent to the Bremerton ferry terminal, handy for walk-on ferry passengers from downtown Seattle. The festival kicks off Saturday with 1-mile and 5K runs and Kid’s Dashes, a great way to work up your appetite for blackberry scones, pie, sodas, milkshakes, syrup and jam along with all the usual festival food favorites, from corn dogs to barbecue, seafood, ethnic foods and funnel cakes, cotton candy and ice cream. There’s Main Stage and Children’s Stage entertainment, bouncy houses and other attractions for kids, craft vendors, a beer garden with a view of the marina and stage, and blackberry wine by the bottle and for 25 cents a taste. Saturday features a Fly-In and Car Show at Bremerton National Airport with military equipment and vehicle display, free airplane rides for kids ages 8 to 17 and shuttle-bus transportation between the festival and the airport.

The Bremerton waterfront is home to year-round tours of the USS Turner Joy, a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy destroyer preserved as a floating museum. Festival visitors get discounted admission to tour the vessel, maintained by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association.

Several streets around the Bremerton Boardwalk are closed to traffic during the festival, rerouting vehicle traffic to and from the ferries. Bremerton Rotary sponsors the festival and all the proceeds benefit the local community

This weekend’s also the final days of the Evergreen State Fair, though Monday. Special events include Evergreen Speedway races Saturday, Demo Derby and fireworks show Sunday, Evergreen Drags races free with fair admission Monday, and rodeo Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Admission’s free for active military and first responders with ID Friday and free for anyone donating three cans of food, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday only. Admission is discounted for everyone Monday.

The state’s largest fair, formerly known as the Puyallup Fair and now called the Washington State Fair, kicks off next Friday, Sept. 6, with a Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive in downtown Puyallup. First day fair admission is free with donation of nonperishable food for the food bank, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6. Early-bird discounts on fair admission and Dizzy Pass unlimited ride bracelets are available now online.

Madeline McKenzie: mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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