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Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair) Information for 2018


3rd Q 2018 Washington State Fair edition of The Nor'wester.
Paper copies were available at the Fair Hobby Hall.

It's Over - We'll see you again next year!
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Washington State (Puyallup) Fair - Official Fair website
August 31-September 23, 2018 except Tuesdays and 9/5; PNNA booth in Hobby Hall.

Welcome to Puyallup message by PNNA Fair Chairman Rick Schulz:

Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Washington State Fair. This year the third quarter Nor’wester is dedicated to the Fair. Why, you ask? The story starts over 25 years ago when the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association first started setting up a coin collecting display in the Hobby Hall of the Puyallup Fair. Years passed and eventually the Puyallup Fair was renamed the Washington State Fair. Over the years the PNNA’s presence in the Hobby Hall also grew. Last year’s display saw more visitors and gave away more souvenir coins, medals, etc., than ever before. The Fair has become one of the biggest events of the year for the PNNA.

For years we’ve been engaging kids with birthdate penny search games and giveaways of world coins and currency. The hope has always been that young boys and girls might be attracted to the hobby of coin collecting. The past few years we’ve expanded the definition of “kids” to include kids of all ages. Moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas all can search for their birthdate. We keep some of the older dates behind the table for some of the older kids. We try to have everyone’s penny. The first day of the Fair last year a 100-year-old kid visited our display and was presented with a 1917 penny in a specially stamped holder. There is no hard evidence that shows how many new coin collectors we’ve made, but over the years new faces have shown up at local coin club meetings that first heard about them at the Fair.

Our visitors have become generational in another way. Young parents bring their kids to our display because they remember us from when they were kids. We don’t know for sure but it’s possible we’ve seen at least three generations of kids searching through our penny trays.

The kids are wonderful and we have a great time interacting with them, but there is another function served by our display. We answer questions. It seems everyone knows something about coins and currency and collecting and they’ll ask related questions. We’re there to answer our visitor’s questions and occasionally correct misinformation. Our most frequent question though often goes something like this, “I just inherited a coin collection and I don’t know what to do with it.” People are afraid to take their newly acquired collection to a coin shop for fear they will be taken advantage of by unscrupulous dealers. It doesn’t matter if this fear is well founded or not, it’s there. Our volunteers will try to steer these folks in the right direction, offering various options they can pursue. This, quite possibly, is our most important function at the Fair.

Editor’s note: If you have coins to sell (perhaps from an estate), the PNNA recommends that you carefully consider your options and gather information before selling. Attending a coin club meeting or a coin show may help you learn what some of your coins are worth before selling. A list of local coin shows and coin clubs is available on this website.

We would never be able to do what we do at the Fair without the dedication of our volunteers. The faces behind the table at our Hobby Hall display are all volunteers and many cover several shifts during the run of the Fair. We have volunteers and benefactors behind the scenes as well. Volunteers help set up and tear down the display and much of the material in the display has been loaned or donated by local dealers and collectors. To all the people who have given their time, energy, smiles and donations to our effort, thank you. As I said earlier, we wouldn’t have a display without you.

Does any of this sound like something you’d like to be part of? There are shifts available, even after the Fair starts. If you are a PNNA member or a member of a local coin club or are thinking about joining one of the above, why not join the fun? You can contact me by email at outreach@pnna.org and I’ll send you a list of open shifts. Keep us in mind for next year too. You can find more information about PNNA events on our website, pnna.org. For volunteering, you’ll get free passes to the Fair, so on the day of your shift you can “Do the Puyallup” when you’re not behind our table in the Hobby Hall. Come join us and have a lot of fun.

If you are reading this before you go to the Fair, be sure to come see our display in the Hobby Hall. If you’ve already been to the Fair this year come see us again. And I hope everyone has a great time at the Fair.

Additional Fair Information

  • Thanks to all the local coin clubs assisting with the Fair Hobby Hall booth. These include the Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club, the South Hill Coin Club (based in Puyallup), the Olympia Coin Club and the Boeing Employee’s Coin Club.
  • In addition to the birthdate “pennies” and other giveaways, there will be souvenir elongated coins, and you can make your own with the PNNA’s “penny press.”
  • Want to take in a concert while you're at the Fair? Check this link for concert info: http://www.thefair.com/concerts.

If you'd like more information about the Fair, the PNNA Hobby Hall display or you're interested in volunteering, call PNNA Fair coordinator Rick Schulz at 253-535-0690 or email him at outreach@pnna.org. Thanks.

Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair) 2014-2017

Beginning in 2016, the Fair includes four weekends, but is closed on Tuesdays and on the first Wednesday. Official Fair website.

The 2018 Fair ran from August 31-September 23, 2018.
A report was printed in the 4th Q 2018 edition of The Nor'wester.

The 2017 Fair ran from September 1-24, 2017.
A report was printed in the 4th Q 2017 edition of The Nor'wester.

The 2016 Fair ran from September 2-25, 2016.
A report was printed in the 4th Q 2016 edition of The Nor'wester.

The 2015 Fair ran from September 11-27, 2015.
A report was printed in the 4th Q 2015 edition of The Nor'wester.

The 2014 Fair ran from September 5-21, 2014.
A report was printed in the 4th Q 2014 edition of The Nor'wester.