Doing the Puyallup: Concerts

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Arts, Culture & Media

This is the second in a series of lists from the Puyallup Fair this month.

Entertainment is expected at most county and state fairs but the main stage at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup has a knack for attracting big name artists year after year.  Audiences have heard some of the best-known performers from country, rock, and pop. New stars fresh off their American Idol fame have performed on nights between shows by legends. Willie Nelson kicked off the fair’s concert series just last night.

We asked the ticket counters at the Fair to look over their records from the last four years and identify the sold out shows — the concerts with no seats left for anyone late to the party. Eight capacity-crowd shows fit the description.  They make up today’s WA-List.

  • Location: 110 9th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
  • Dates: Sep 7-23, 2012
  • Hours: 10am-10pm (Mon-Thu), 10am-11pm (Fri), 9am-11pm (Sat), 9am-10pm (Sun)
  • Website: www.TheFair.com
  • WA-List suggestion: Check the website for the 2012 concert schedule, admission pricing, driving, and parking info.

SOLD OUT CONCERTS AT THE PUYALLUP FAIR, 2008-2011

Date Performer
2011 Sep 12 Selena Gomez, pop
2010 Sep 25 Heart, rock/pop
2010 Sep 16 Willie Nelson, country
2009 Sep 23 Heart, rock/pop
2009 Sep 19 James Taylor, pop/rock/country
2009 Sep 11 Jason Aldean, country
2008 Sep 19 Carrie Underwood, pop/country
2008 Sep 10 Kid Rock, rock/county/rap

NOTE:  We’re told that a second Kid Rock concert (Sep 26, 2010) was a near sell out.

SOURCE: Sold out concerts confirmed by Karen J. LaFlamme of the Puyallup Fair & Events Center.  The specific dates were double-checked with contemporary news articles.

PHOTO of James Taylor in concert © Steve Campion

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One Response to “Doing the Puyallup: Concerts”

  1. Joan Says:

    I’m surprised there weren’t more sold out performances with the big names that have appeared over the years. Having had the pleasure of attending mostly country artists shows they sure like sell outs to me.