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September 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

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Washington State Fair opens


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

On a damp opening day Friday, workers used squeegees and blowers to ready the Giant Slide for fairgoers. Seven tickets at 50 cents each get you on the slide. Rain may have kept some people away Friday, but the weekend forecast is drier.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Justine Wasley kisses Espresso, one of her alpacas, at the Washington State Fair. Alfie, another alpaca, might be waiting for a smooch.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The El Niño ride upends thrill-seekers Friday as the Washington State Fair got under way in Puyallup.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Even a young Batman, real name Kai Moody, can learn to milk a cow, albeit plastic, at the Washington State Fair. Harper Hamilton, right, continues to work the udder.

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