“Senior Tuesdays” at theWashington State Fair will conclude on Sept. 17.
Originally offered over six years ago as an opportunity to offer special activities for senior adults, “Senior Tuesdays” have been a success, said Andrea Thayer, the fair’s Competitive Exhibits and Grounds Entertainment Manager. Attendance at the special events has averaged 500 to 750, although some seniors choose not to attend the special activities.
Seniors (62+) entering the fair will be given a coupon book filled with discounts from vendors and a senior activity sheet highlighting an array of activities deemed particularly attractive for older adults. Among the food items is a 10-ounce tea or coffee with the purchase of a hamburger or hot dog offered by Hamburger Myers. Non-food coupons include a 30 percent discount on luxury linens, excluding Tempurpedic, provided by Sweet Country USA located in the Showplex.
Coupons are valid all day on “Senior Tuesdays” from the fair’s opening at 10 a.m. to its 10 p.m. closing. Early bird senior attendees will be treated to free coffee and pastries at 10 a.m. at the Showplace Stage, sponsored by Aqua Ree’s Swimmin’ Hole and Fireplace.
At 10:20 am, Walgreens will offer “Community Pharmacy,” and Verizon will present “Cell Phone 101” on the Showplace Stage. The presentations will be followed by a performance by Coal Train Express at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The fair’s People Mover is available weekdays throughout the fair making navigating around the grounds easy. On “Senior Tuesdays,” it is reserved for the annual Red Hatter Parade at 1:00 p.m. Costumed characters and Red Hatters garbed in their best red and purple outfits will move through the grounds. Following the parade at 1:30 p.m., free Red Hat Bingo will be offered in the Park Bistro.
Among fair favorites is Hobby Hall filled with collections, displays and demonstrations. In addition, a collection of Daffodil Festival gowns from years past will be on display throughout the fair.
Senior discount admission tickets are $9 if purchased at the gate, or $7.50 in advance at participating Walgreens and Safeway stores. Discounted group sales for 25 seniors or more are available by calling 253-841-5053. For more information about the fair, visit www.thefair.com or text “Fair” to 87767.
Linda Henry is a freelance reporter for the Herald.