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If anybody remembers, last year, I went to the Puyallup Fair. The Puyallup Fair is Washington State's most profitable attraction, drawing over 1,000,000 guests each year in its September 10th - 26th span. The fair is well known for its animals, its food, its vendors, and its rides. Naturally, being on a theme park website, I like the check out the latter. This year, I went again and did so.

 

So now... Let's start off with a POV!

 

 

 

 

 

And now some good news from Lucario.....

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"Guess what? No long, irrelevent prologue crap! We're getting right to the photos, people!"

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I'm setting my glee free!

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Turnstiles, like at most major theme parks. Just because there isn't a prologue doesn't mean it won't include this kind of shot. =)

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Enter through the Blue Gate and to your right.... very unhealthy food!

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They call it YoungLife because your life will end young, due to the fact that it's at a fair and it will be automatically bad for you.

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The same group as last year (Minus Savannah and Jennifer, plus new exchange student and her daughter. FYI, the exchange student has been to Everland! She probably has a credit on Aquatrax! =) ).

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That Fiesta that was advertised last year.... Now it's the real deal!

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Does anybody know what this is?

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I'm sure everybody knows what this is!

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Kamakazi

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Kinda like a claustrophobic, traveling version of Hammerhead Shark.

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I remember I rode that rotor thing 2 years ago. And I remember I rode that launch tower thingy last year! (Yes I know it's called Extreme Scream)

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I remember I rode this last year too.

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And here we are, a VERY old, ACE approved woodie!

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According to the Index, this ride isn't operating...

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Jumping. The portable, claustrophobic version of the one at Canada's Wonderland.

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Pretty much an arctic themed Musik Express.

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Enterprise

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Ring of Fire, but with a different name.

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Now, time for the chairswing!

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Wanna see what happens after this? Watch the POV!

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Next up is Sky Diver.

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Control panel shot!

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Artsy shot

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After riding twice, I really wanted to just sit down in one of these things.

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Next is the flying thingy. Like a __________, more ___________ version of Hang Glider at Wild Waves.

 

(Insert correct caption to win bonus points!)

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I like the new 'ticket' system. You buy 'tickets', but instead of getting actual tickets, you get a card with the amount of tickets you purchased. Then, you go to whatever ride you want to ride (that accepts tickets), give the card to a person, and they scan it. If it works, you can just get on the ride. Easy, simple, quick, and more organized! Although you will probably want to track exactly how many 'tickets' you're using, because you can easily loose track of how many points you spend.

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Fluffy, fluffy dalmation filled with medicine and goo!

 

Part 2 soon to follow. Thanks for reading!

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Part 2

 

Coaster Thrill Ride POV

 

 

Continuing where we left off....

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I spy with my little eye... a LOT of new wood!

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Compare to a similar shot I took last year... You'll notice all of the NEW WOOD!

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You'll notice the NEW WOOD here too!

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This might as well be a brand new GCI: Loads of airtime, new wood....

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...and a station fly-above!

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Only one train operation. Still worth the wait, though!

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This sign belongs at Wild Waves.

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This made me VERY happy!

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Larrygator will feed this photo to his best friend, the Indexgator!

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Lots of ride ops meant quick dispatches, but 1 train made that useless.

 

Also, thanks to the lady who gave me 6 extra tickets because we didn't realize how quickly we spent our tickets! We really appreciate it, if you are reading this! =)

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NOTED!

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Classic no-gates entrance to each car.

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Skid

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Brakes!

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I don't think I'd ever do this.

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This is the closest to a 'Boob credit' you'll get at any American theme park or fair! =)

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Wildcat and Big Sling. Yay!

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Kerappy flume ride!

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3...2...1.... SQUEAK!

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Wildcat's awesome sign!

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Super(small) Roundup.

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Rumblerumblerumble

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The Tilt-A-Whirl wasn't working today... Minnesotans not-rejoice. =(

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Is it just me, or does the vehicle look like it's floating?

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We decided to ride the Ferris Wheel.

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It's a good wheel, but the ops loaded it and cycled it really inefficiently. Don't ride if there's a long line.

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See? Empty gondola after empty gondola.

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NOTED!

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No Turbo Force this year. =(

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Overview.

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Wildcat Layout.

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Aerial view of the Tilt-A-Whirl's surgery.

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Wheel structure.

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Credit whores and KidTums would love this coaster!

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Sling!

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Joey and KidTums are missing! Oh wait, I forgot that Joey's drinking beer and riding a 5-looper Schwarzkoph, and KidTums is probably watching German Yo-Gabba Gabba.

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We decide that it's time to get lunch. Nope, not here.

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Wrong, not here either.

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Certainly not here! I wouldn't want my food to get soggy, especially since that ride is 16 years old... Although Aquatrax wouldn't be bad....

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We have to leave the fair to get this!

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"Where are we going?"

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Alfy's? Nope!

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Group photo before we enter....

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We pass a taco truck, a billion burger joints, several pizza places, scones, ice cream, fried everything, etc. etc. etc..... FOR SUBWAY?!?!?!?

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No matter, I'll try to make the best out of this.

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Footlong Big Philly with mozzerella, lettuce, bacon, and ranch.

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It was quickly turned into a 6 inch!

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Awesome painting on the wall!

 

Part 3 to come tomorrow. Thanks for reading! =)

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Nice report.

 

That Wildcat looks like the same exact model that SFMM had back in the '70s and early '80s---even the same color, too. That fair looks like it has a pretty decent selection of coasters, too.

 

Eric

 

EDIT: And I forgot to mention that last December at the L.A. Auto Show, I got to drive a 2011 Ford Fiesta. My thoughts? Eh.

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I was at the fair today. Though when I got there, the only coaster still running was the wooden one due to rain.

 

That coaster is so amazing. It's sad that it is almost never open because it is such a good ride.

Also, the rotor there is amazing just for how much the floor drops. The one at Six Flags Great America only dropped like 1 foot.

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^^^I remember you said similar things about the 2010 Fiesta. Guess it's not that great? I'll have to get one as a rental to see if I like it or not.

 

^^Sadly, the fair has many 'Single-rider-unfriendly' rides. It makes things complicated if you go to the fair by yourself.

 

^Really? It has been running almost every fair that I've gone to. That stinks that it doesn't run more often for you, I know it's a great credit to get.

 

Part 3

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Annie wanted a close-up shot with Lucario... So she gets it.

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We know somebody in this band!

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The girls try some hats on.

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Now I'm ready to conquer the Extreme Scream!

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Easy, since I did it thrice last year.

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I just kept on taking artsy shots....

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Indexgator will LOVE this!

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Everybody on this side was pumped and ready to ride, even the invisible guy!

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Proof that this is an S&S Combo Ride.

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He's waiting to push the button....

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...to launch these very nervous people 180ft in the air!

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This wheel spins VERY fast!

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Kick your feet out if you agree.

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We decide just to walk to the other end.... Instead of taking this...

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Those side deflectors turn it from SKLOOSH! to (Skloosh), litereally.

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TPR rode this on their last trip here.

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But...

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...it was closed for testing.

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Inverted Tilt-A-Whirl, anybody?

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Indeed, this fair has 2 KidTums and Credit Whore friendly rides!

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My hump... my baby hump!

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We've reached the upcharge part of the park, with these water-balls,

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S&S Bungee Trampoline,

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and Sling Shot (with Intamin seats, I might add).

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Sadly, there's no Turbo Force like last year, but I'll manage.

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This ride is incredibly simple. This big box of springs rises, and tightens the cables. An electromagnet holds the vehicle to the ground.

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When the electromagnet is turned off by the operator...

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... You get slung 250ft into the air!

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When you return to the ground, you might be a little more awake than you were before.

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They honked the horn a few times... but they also forgot a few times. Horn < no horn.

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This ride has a very patriotic theme to it.

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New inspection decal! Nerds rejoice!

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The DVD sucks, as it is split into segments. I suck at editing, so I can't really combine them to make the DVD appear well on the computer. So this is the closest to an 'onride shot' you'll get.

 

I'll post more later. Thanks for reading! =)

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Part 4

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I get the DVD, which is $20. Ripoff, but I still enjoy getting them.

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After that, we head for this hypnotist. Amazingly, I am picked to be hypnotized!

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I didn't get fully hypnotized, but I can tell that it really is possible! I lost my concentration at the last second while we were being hypnotized, so I didn't get the full effect. But it was still very interesting, and for skeptics I think I can say that it really can work!

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Like last year, I got a Bull Chip...

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...and some milk.

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But I also stop and get some Yakisoba noodles.

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I personally thought it had too much vegetables in it, but if you combine it with teriyaki chicken, this yakisoba is pretty good!

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The everything-on-a-stick stall. I can't believe I didn't stop here!

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Mom got some corn-on-the-cob, her favorite.

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Plumpkins!

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Mom loves these!

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This turkey does NOT look happy!

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Need some coffee? Sasquatch will help you get the energy you need!

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I'll end with this random rock band; one of many likely to be at the fair.

 

Thanks for reading! =)

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Talking of rockbands,one of my all time faves are playing on the 20th,Queensryche if anyone happens to be going it would be great to read a review or see pics or both(don't want to be greedy!).As they haven't played over here for 2 or 3 years.

Many Thanks

 

P.s Enjoyed reading the TR

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I went to the Puyallup fair last week also. Went during the $2 ride day which made it a bit cheaper than normal. I wanted to ride the coasters, specifically Kersplash which I had never ridden which is up for sale right now, so although the dirty water in it put me off before I was going to ride it this time. We rode the wood coaster 3 times and all were good. I didnt get last seat on first two rides and was starting to worry the re-build took away a little airtime, but when I rode the last seat on my 3rd ride it clearly is still all there, what a great little coaster, to bad it was open a bit more than twice a year! Then we rode the Wildcat, a fun coaster that has a fairly run down appearence now. Then we went to Kersplash, we watched a few riders and could see you would get a bit wet but not to bad, the water in this thing always looks like a sewer so I have avoided this one for years. Anyway, I have to say I was surprised how fun a ride it is, nice swooping drops, Miler makes some decent coasters, I rode the little kiddie coaster made by Miler at Oaks Parks in Portland made by Miler and would say that may be the best kiddie coaster I have ridden.

 

We wanted to ride the Mouse but as previously stated, they dont let you ride alone, and last time my son and I rode together it was cramped as hell. I am 6' and hes 6'5" so we just cant fit in it. I dont get why single riders cant go on this. We rode a few flat rides, got some fried clams and then took off. This fair/park has more rides and better coasters than the nearby 6 Flags Wild Waves if you ask me.

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^^^Oh wow, now that I notice it, that's a good name!

 

^^I'm going on the 21st to see Adam Lambert with my mom. But I won't be able to go tomorrow. Sorry.

 

^$2 Ride Day? I've never heard of that. The only major ride deal I know of is the Comcast Dizzy Pass wristband, where you pay $25 for a wristband for unlimited midway and Sillyville rides, excluding Extreme Scream.

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Awesome report! They get better and better every time you post one.

 

The Puyallup Fair looks amazing, and I've never heard anything negative about The Coaster. If only I could find a reason to visit Washington...

 

Thanks for sharing!

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