Puyallup Fair: Things to do ‘around’ Gig Harbor

Time to venture outside of Gig Harbor for a change. Yes, I deliberately named it “365 Things To Do AROUND Gig Harbor“. While I could have potentially filled the blog with all things Gig Harbor, I would be doing a disservice to readers. While we live and do most everything here in Gig Harbor, we’ve all ventured across the bridge from time to time for entertainment. The Puyallup Fair is deserving of such a trip across the bridge. It’s a State Fair. In fact, since I was in elementary school, I can only think of a few years that I have missed. I’m not a huge ‘ride guy’ either. In fact, I could really care less about the rides. Sure they’re fun, but man are they expensive! If you’re in it for the thrill, I recommend going on Dizzy Pass Bracelet Days. It’s the only affordable way to go.

I’m in it for the food, people / animal watching, and my kids. In the last few years many things have changed. They’ve completely revamped the kid area … SillyVille and Toonzville … for the better! Food prices have skyrocketed! I recall when Fischer Scones were just 10 cents ! We used to buy bags of them. Now they’re are $1.00 each. Everyone has their favorite, traditional foods at the fair: Onion burgers, Elephant ears, Crusty Pups, BBQ ribs, caramel apples and cotton candy … just to name a few.

Recently, they’ve added a beer garden for the adults: Corona


And every year, there is an All-Star line up of Concerts at the

Puyallup Fair Grandstand. Everything from John Legend to Brett Michaels to Kid Rock and Willie Nelson; a little something for everyone. And of course, the fair wouldn’t be complete without a rodeo.

To really appreciate the fair and get in the ‘fair mood’, I suggest attending day 1’s “Running of the Cows in downtown Puyallup.

Yes, it’s their take on Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls in Spain, but much safer sans gourding! No that would never fly in the U.S. !  For those that follow the parade of cows to the fair gates, you gain free admission!

So, you can do it at a trot or a gallop OR follow this year’s theme and “Free your Glee”. Whatever blows your hair back … I guess 🙂

Click here for a full detailed list of ‘ Things to do at the Puyallup Fair‘  …

Puyallup Fair Visitor Information:Dates:
September 10-26, 2010

Sun – Thurs: 10 am – 10 pm
Fri & Sat: 10 am – 11 pm
Click here for ride hours

Adults: $11
Students (6-18): $9
Seniors (62+): $9
Five & under: Always FREE
Discount Tickets

Mon – Fri: $10
Sat & Sun: $12
Driving Directions

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Gig Harbor Key Peninsula Preparedness Fair 9/11

The Department of Homeland Security has declared September National Preparedness Month to encourage people to prepare in case of disaster.! Your local Gig Harbor emergency services providers are ready to help you get prepared three ways:

Get A Kit

When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think firstabout the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Make A Plan

Make sure you have a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Family Emergency Plan:

  • It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
  • You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient
  • Be Informed
  • Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.

This year – Get all the information you need to be prepared at your communities first National Preparedness Month Fair.

Who: Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula Emergency Services, Government Agencies, Community Churches, and community members have joined their resources to help you get prepared.

Where: Chapel Hill Church will host the event.

What: Everything you ever wanted to know about getting prepared. Food Storage, Communication Resources, Home Retrofit for Earthquakes, First Aid/CPR, HAM Radios, Red Cross, Medical Providers, Police, Fire, National Guard, Utilities, Pet Care, and there will even be a “Dutch Oven” cooking demonstration.

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Come join your community members as they learn how to get prepared and how to help each other during a major disaster. The same techniques work when it is just a winter storm and the power is out. Please join us for free classes, demonstrations, information and more – all in one location.

Join Us!!!

Sponsored by:

Chapel Hill Church

Peninsula Light Company

PEP-C (Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Committee)

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Puyallup Fair Kicks off with “Running of the Cows”

RODEO PARADE KICKS OFF PUYALLUP FAIR – Join the crowd on Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup on Friday, September 10th to see the annual running of the cows–a highlight of the Puyallup Fair Rodeo Parade.  This 45 minute parade starts at 10 a.m. and offers marching bands, lots of horses and many attractions that traditionally opens the annual 17 day Puyallup Fair.  Follow the parade to the Fair for complimentary admission

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Over the Narrows: Gig Harbor-Tacoma Run


Saturday, September 04, 2010 @ 8:30 AM


Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center
Galaxy Theater Lobby 4649 Pt Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA. 98335

A fundraiser for humanitarian service projects, the OVER THE NARROWS 10-Mile will be held on Saturday, September 4. Click HERE to go directly to the official website.


10 Mile Run (with shirt)-$30
2 Mile Fun Run/Walk (with shirt)-$25
2 Mile Fun Run/Walk (no shirt)-$15

Registration Closing Date

Fondi’s Friday 9/3 from 12-4 … last chance!

 Brief Description

Join us on Saturday, Sept 4 (Labor Day weekend) for the inaugural run, with spectacular views as you cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Gig Harbor to Tacoma and back. The 10 mile run and 2 mile fun run/walk start with indoor registration at the Uptown Gig Harbor Galaxy Theater, and end with an exclusive party at the Uptown Gig Harbor rotunda. Ten and two mile runners receive a custom race medal and cool Tech T- shirt. Two mile runners can also register for run only .

Over the Narrows

Hosted by Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North. Committed to Service Above Self.

   Additional Information

Registration starts at 7:00 am at Galaxy Theater. Ample parking at Uptown Gig Harbor. Children 10 years and under can register for a FREE Kid’s Dash, with parent/guardian consent.

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The Fish Bowl : Gig Harbor vs. Peninsula

An annual community event held at Roy Anderson Field drawing thousands of fans to witness history as the cross-town rivals battle for bragging rights: The Peninsula High School Seahawks vs. the Gig Harbor High School Tides. Thus far … Tides 17 wins. Seahawks 14.

For those that have yet to witness a Fish Bowl, you are missing out. This is truly a community event. Students, parents and fans pack the stadium, so get there early for a seat. For players, it’s a real treat. The crowd support, noise and involvement creates a huge stage for players to live out their dreams of playing in the “Big Time”.  It might not be the “Big Time” as viewed by some outsiders, but Frosty Westering (PLU Pacific Lutheran University football coaching Legend) always said … “Make the Big Time Where You Are“. And here it is  … under the Lights at 7 pm!

And … there will be some “Big Time” with all eyes on Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Austin, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end suiting up for the Tides in his senior season, has committed to the University of Washington next year. Go DAWGS!  He is “Big” and headed to the “Big Time”. With all of the additional press he has garnered this off season, I’m sure we’ll see plenty of curious fans eager to see what the buzz is all about.

So, which side are you on? Hawks or Tides? Many of the community members in attendance are non-partisan…they just want to see a good game and enjoy high school rivalry football as it was meant to be played under the lights … as a community.  Be sure to join us, get out there and explore your Gig Harbor community and get involved. Kick off is at 7 pm. Life is Good … in Gig Harbor 🙂

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KeyFest or KeyFair: Celebrating the diversity of Key Peninsula

KeyFest is a community festival celebrating the wonderful diversity of the Key Peninsula. KeyFest takes place  at Volunteer Park this year Friday August 27 and Saturday August 28, 2010.

Admission is FREE !

The focus of KeyFest or KeyFair, will be “Local”. We will embrace local vendors, entertainers, artisans, craftsman, and anybody else who wants to celebrate.

Working with Key Peninsula Community individuals, organizations, charitable entities, and businesses, we plan on bringing the community an event that will be enjoyed by all and looked forward to for years to come.

 Located on the historic Key Peninsula, the Key Peninsula Community Fair attracts thousands of happy fair goers every year. This Fair is much more than you would expect from a community fair, while maintaining all the ole’ time charm. The fair is a wonderful family oriented event serving both young and old. There are events featuring an ole’ time pie judging contest, clowns, magicians, dozens of vendor booths, kids workshops, fishing, horticulture and animal events, live entertainment and dancing in our beer garden!

Got Talent ??? Earn up to $300 for the 1st place prize in the annual The Key’s Got Talent contest! Got ugly pet??? Bring it on down to the fair and submit them for judgement … and win!

What to expect at KeyFest:

  • FREE Admission.
  • Key’s Got Talent Competition.
  • Parade Saturday from Key Center to the Fair entry application
  • Music and entertainment all day and all night.
  • Field games of all kinds.
  • Carnival Games (every kid wins a prize)
  • King Arthurs Maze
  • Giant Slide
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Obstacle Course

  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Treats and eats.
  • Lots of vendors and displays.
  • Blue Tarp Fashion Show.
  • Ugliest pet contest.
  • Wine Judging contest.
  • Antique Tractors.
  • Petting zoo.
  • Rabbit judging.
  • Beer Garden and dance floor.
  • Arts and Crafts.
  • much, much, more!
  • Key Fair is open until Midnight!

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    Gig Harbor Weekend Guide: Gig Harbor Rocks, St. Meatentine’s Day and more

    Friggatriskaidekaphobia gotcha? Fear of Friday the 13th. Fear NOT, it’s going to be a great Friday in Gig Harbor! With sunny skies and temperatures topping out at 83 degrees today and edging toward the 90’s for the rest of the weekend, now is a good time to get out and enjoy everything Gig Harbor has to offer. Today, skip work early and tie up your boat at the Tides Tavern. Then have them deliver your meal/beverage to your boat(253) 858-3982 . Not a boat owner … no worries. There is plenty of seating inside.

    Saturday  August 14th:

    There are 2 events worth checking out: Gig Harbor Rocks in downtown Gig Harbor and St. Meatentine’s Day at the Harmon Tap Room in Tacoma (located just below the HUB on 204 St. Helens). Catch a glimpse of the activity for Gig Harbor Rocks…check out the YouTube video from a previous season. Discover the true meaning of St. Meatentine’s Day and how to celebrate it by watching this King 5’s New Day video of St. Meatentines Day.

    Sunday August 15th:

    Burned out on Men after the St. Meatentine’s Celebration … Eat. Pray. Love., a total chick flick, opens this weekend. NOT playing at Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor, but plays just about everywhere else. Not sure why Eat. Pray. Love. can’t be found in Gig Harbor, but if you venture out for St. Meatentine’s, it’s only fair …

    Life is good … in Gig Harbor!

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    Sake and Salmon at Morso Wine Bar Gig Harbor

    Sake and Salmon at Morso Wine Bar tonight!  … No, not sockeye salmon.  Sake & Salmon. Paired with music on the patio, fantastic weather and a relaxed and sophisticated ambience.   They are featuring another great food/wine pairing. Pan roasted salmon with a crisp fennel salad…with your choice of Hananomai Extra Dry “Katana” Ginjo Sake (yes, we said Sake!) or Suavia 2009 Soave, for only 19.50.

    The choice is yours…available tonight and tomorrow night. It should be a great evening!

    For more information and reviews on Morso Wine Bar and their next door wine shop Water to Wine, please check out Day 65 of 365 Things to Do Around Gig Harbor @ Morso Wine Bar.
    Life is good … in Gig Harbor.

    Morso Wine Bar on Facebook …


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    Summer Sounds in the Park: Your Father’s Manouche (Day 133)

    Your Fathers’ Manouche , a A three-piece Hot Club Style Jazz group out of Tacoma, WA, is playing tonight on the stage at Skansie Brother’s Park …  Summer Sounds in the Park. Claim your spot early as it fills up quickly! For a sample of their music, check out their YouTube video “You Make Me Feel So Young“. The video is not the best quality, but does give you an idea of what to expect tonight. Life is good … in Gig Harbor.

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    Red Rooster Cafe in Gig Harbor ( Day 132 of 365)

    Well, it was a great weekend in ‘the Harbor’! For our second visit, we met family at the Red Rooster Cafe in Gig Harbor for Saturday breakfast. And as illustrated by the photo (to the left), it was overcast but warm. We were greeted by the consummate host (looking statuesque as always), The Red Rooster. It would be nice if he gave out a little ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ as you walked by… just a suggestion 🙂 I’m sure there is a sensor-device that could be rigged for that. Anyway…

    Let’s rewind. Day 2 of their opening, my wife and I decided to venture in and check it out. We sat outside and enjoyed splitting Chocolate Hazelnut and banana crepes…they were delicious. It was clear, however, that they were very new and still working out the kinks. That being said, you can’t beat the location, view and food.

    Fast forward to this Saturday(a little pulp non-fiction). As I said, we met family this time around … a party of nine. They did not have seating for that many, but were able to set us up with a couple of tables near each other. The service model is interesting and I am not really sure how it works, even after the second time.  A waitress (though not trained as such) took our order. A few ordered the Salmon (locks) crepes and were very pleased, others ordered strawberry crepes and the standby  (if you can call it that after 2 attempts) Chocolate Hazelnut and banana crepes. We helped ourselves to coffee inside and the food was brought out after a longer wait than usual … the crepes were not warm. However, they were still good and no one complained.

    Now, my wife ordered Creme Brule French Toast … WOW !!! I would recommend that to everyone with a sweet tooth. Delicious. The one thing missing from this menu is the ‘standard’ breakfast fare. They will, however, make exceptions and upon request cook up a side of egg. Additionally, each dish comes with a side of fruit or thick sliced bacon (both very good!). I found out from the waitress that they are limited by the size of the grill due to the city restrictions/code that prohibit this and the sale of anything other than ‘maritime’ goods. In fact, the original Facebook page for Red Rooster is “Red Rooster Cafe and Collectibles” which they are stuck with because the way Facebook runs their pages. So no, there will be no collectibles for the time being. Not really sure they have the space for it anyway.

    At the end of the day, the food was good…at times delicious, the location and scenery top-notch and the service plan needs time to work itself out. I recommend it. Welcome to ‘the Harbor’ Red Rooster. We are glad to have you! Life is good…in Gig Harbor.

    Open 7am – 7pm … 7 days a week.  Click on the Red Rooster menu for a better view …

    Red Rooster Cafe
    3313 Harborview Dr
     Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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