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Originally published Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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The Puyallup Fair: Lots more for kids this year

What's your Puyallup Fair style? Are you a rodeo fan, a thrill-ride enthusiast or do you enjoy shepherding little ones through rides and...

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What's your Puyallup Fair style? Are you a rodeo fan, a thrill-ride enthusiast or do you enjoy shepherding little ones through rides and the petting farm? There's about as many ways to do the Puyallup as the million folks or so folks expected to attend over its 17-day run.

There's more fair fun than ever for the younger set at the new "SillyVille" kids' area, triple the size of the old Kiddyland, with a new train and station, more rides, entertainment, animals and a food court with kids' value menu items. Other fave kid attractions include ToonzVille visits from Dora the Explorer, the Rugrats and SpongeBob SquarePants and the WB Crash The Backlot Tour (Sept. 14-17) with free Xboy gaming, prizes, costumed WB characters and snacks.

Be amused and amazed at farm animals of all sizes, 4H displays and shows, vendors hawking gadgets of all kinds, floral displays, free entertainment and collections of all sorts in the Hobby Hall. Don't miss the creative agriculture and horticulture displays, including the giant pumpkins weighed in for top honors at 3 p.m. this Friday.

There's so much to see and do you're sure to work up an appetite for the fair's famous scones, curly fries, barbecued chicken, onion burgers, elephant ears, ice cream and other treats.

The fair opens with a Western Rodeo Parade and cattle drive through downtown Puyallup to the fairgrounds at 10 a.m. Friday and is open daily through Sept. 24.

The details

Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Sept. 24.

Admission, etc.:

At the gate — $10/adults, $7/ages 6-18 and 62 and older, ages 5 and younger free.

Special days — First-day admission Friday free until noon. After 8:05 p.m. Fridays, admission $5. With paid gate admission opening weekend get a two-for-one coupon for a return visit any day of the fair. Military Appreciation Days this Saturday and Sunday, $5/person for active, retired and reserve military and disabled veterans with ID, and their dependents.

Pre-purchase tickets and Value Pack — Discounted tickets, $2 off adult, $1 off senior and youth, available at Columbia Bank and Safeway stores through Sept. 24. Value Pack sold at Fred Meyer stores (through Friday only) includes two gate admission tickets, six ride tickets and 12 food bucks, $29.95.

Package deals at the fair — Bracelets good for unlimited rides Monday-Thursday, $19.50 excluding Extreme Scream and Giant Roller Coaster, or $29.50 for all rides. Silly Saver pack Monday-Thursday, $15 for five SillyVille rides, $2 kids' food bucks and kids' souvenir.

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Rodeo — This Friday-Sunday, $17.50-$28.50. $5-off coupon to matinee performances on Friday or Saturday from Les Schwab Tire Centers.

Concerts — $15-$59.50.

Parking — $7 Monday-Friday, $8 Saturday and Sunday.

Location: Puyallup Fair and Events Center, Ninth Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street, Puyallup.

Getting there:

• From Seattle and the north, take Interstate 5 South to the Puyallup Exit, 142B, to Highway 161 to Puyallup.

• From Bellevue and the Eastside, take Interstate 405 South to Highway 167 through Kent and Auburn, then Highway 512 west to Puyallup.

Signs in downtown Puyallup direct visitors to the fairgrounds.

Puyallup Fair Express Bus service available daily from several Sound Transit locations for $3; up to four children ride free with paying adult. From Seattle, take any route serving the Tacoma Dome Station to catch a Fair Express Bus. For more information, call 253-581-8000 or www.piercetransit.org/fair/fair.htm.

More information: 253-841-5045 or www.thefair.com.

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