Doing the Puyallup: Animals

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Plants & Animals

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

Saw a duck and a chicken down by the farm,
kickin’ up the hay and raisin’ such a storm…

So begins the classic jingle used periodically by the  Washington State Fair over the last few decades.  It’s fitting that farm animals instigate things in the song.  After all, what would a county or state fair be without animals?  Traveling carnivals and weekend hobby fairs might please smaller crowds throughout the year, but even in the modern urban age, it’s the farm that makes the annual festivals of late summer special.

Who doesn’t like browsing the barns to see the baby pigs, the rabbits, the poultry, and that fluffy (feathered?)  little beast you can’t quite identify.  For city kids, it’s often their first chance to get close and personal.  And for city and farm folk alike, it gives people an opportunity to meet the proud kids who gave their free time and loving care to raise the handsome creatures you encounter.  Such kids are usually exhausted at the fair, but don’t let that fool you.  They probably exert more energy in any given day than most of the visitors passing by.  Congratulate them for their hard work when you see them.

The Puyallup Fair draws animals and people from farms throughout the Northwest.  Today’s list ranks them by species population at last year’s fair.  We don’t have numbers for everything — ferrets, gerbils, rare birds, etc. — but there are still some surprises.  Imagine counting that many sheep!

  • 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.

ANIMALS AT THE PUYALLUP FAIR, 2011

Animal Number
1. Sheep 774
2. Rabbits 509
3. Beef Cattle 447
4. Poultry 387
5. Pigeons 381
6. Dairy Goats 343
7. Dairy Cattle 325
8. Boer Goats 110
9. Pygmy Goats 101
10. Ducks 87
11. Draft Horses* 36
12. Turkeys 5

NOTE: Except for the draft horses — which came in six 6-horse teams, all the horses at the Puyallup Fair were part of the rodeo or youth shows like 4-H and FFA.  Rest assured, there were more horses at the fairgrounds, but those shows don’t provide concise numbers.  Several groups and individuals show their cats and dogs, too — we met a bulldog and two Saint Bernards the other day — but we don’t have numbers on them.  Same with pigs, camels (yes, camels) and a few other animals.

SOURCE: Data was provided by the Puyallup Fair & Events Center

PHOTOS © Steve Campion

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