The Washington State Fair
Friday September 11, 2015 thru Sunday September 27, 2015
Puyallup Fair & Events Center
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
For a number of years the Washington State Society of American Foresters (WSSAF) has worked to reach out to the public about the forestry profession at the Washington State Fair. The Puyallup Fair, Western Washington Fair, or often now just The Fair, is consistently in the top 10 largest Fairs in the world. In recent years the annual attendance has been in the 1.0 to 1.2 million people through the gates over the 17 day run. Over the last few years, the peak days have been as high as 140,000. Obviously, not all these people will be in the Northwest Outdoors Building where the Washington State Society of American Foresters booth is located, but the crowds are definitely larger than any other fair in the state.
Most exhibitors at The Fair pay a substantial amount, but after many years of working with The Fair and the longtime dedication of many people such as John Bergvall, the building superintendent who is a fellow SAFer, we have been invited back each year without a fee. Others in the building include Wash. State Trappers, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washingtonians for Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, Wash. Tacoma Water, Rails to Trails, Stream Team & others.
In 2015 we expect to utilize portions of previously designed Working Forest and Biofuels in Washington as well as other displays used in the past at the Fair. These displays are used at other venues in the state as well as traveling to a number of SAF National Conventions. As part of the display there are several tree rounds including one that invites interactive participation and provides a good gateway of contact with the public. In 2015, following up on the 2013 & 2014 successful introduction, plans call for an area for children’s hands-on activity with model raw material loading equipment as well as for adults to engage in conversation with professionals staffing the booth
How You Can Help
WSSAF needs volunteers to help staff the booth and provide outreach to the public for our profession. In return for your time, volunteers receive free admission to The Fair.
The schedule of available dates can be observed by following this link or copy & paste this url into your browser:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiaiialOUUnAdDEwM2pYN0JLT3NIOEppRENreUNoSXc&usp=sharing . Please add your SAF Chapter affiliation. If this link does not work, please copy it & paste into your browser.
After you have signed up, please email Bill Horn (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the days & times selected as well as your chapter, mailing address, phone # & any questions so that tickets can be mailed to you.
Thanks for supporting SAF.