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Playland ad from 1977 PNE booklet
Playland Seattle 1953 advertisement

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition
Butte's Pride - The Columbia ...
Clark County History 2008
Dear Old Nat...Sokane's Playground
Doin' The Puyallup
Great American Amusement Parks
Guide to Ride 2000
Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror
Herbert P. Schmeck Forgotten Legacy
Memories of Columbia Gardens
Once Upon A Time In Playland
The Enchanted Forest And Its...
The Incredibla Scream Machine
The Pacific National Exhibition
Vancouver: A History in Photographs
Vanishing Seattle

Jantzen Beach Park ~ 1940's

On The Midway ~ Puyallup Fair 2007

DVDs and Videos
Finding Playland
Remember When: Nat Park
Remembering The Columbia...
Great Old Amusement Parks
PNE ~ 1958

RollerCoaster! #113 ~ Spring 2010
RollerCoaster! #88 ~ Winter 2004
RollerCoaster! #47 ~ Fall 1993
Sunset Magazine ~ July 1976
Sunset Magazine ~ June 1962
Unwind Sunday Magazine 2008

Souvineer Fair Programs:
Rip Snortin'-Fun! 1983
Whooopitup 1977
The Western Washington Fair 1973
50th Western Washington Fair...

Columbia Gardens Roller Coaster
Western Washington Fair Midway
Jack Rabbit at Nat Park
The Fun Forest

Photos and Postcards:
Happyland amusement rides
Jantzen Beach display
Playland Roller Coaster 1960s
Alaska Yukon Pacific Tickler
Puyallup Carnival Town WWII
Fun-Tastic Rides Amusements sign
Old Mill and Caterpillar Ride
Puyallup Coaster and Rides 1930's
Puyallup Fair Midway early 1970's
Restored Scooter & Whip Car
Restored & Unrestored Old Mill Boat

The Puyallup Fair 1977 Official Program

1977 Puyallup Fair program thumbnail

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. and Kenny Rogers performed at the 1977 fair. Rogers had just begun his solo career as a pop country artist.

Besides music entertainment, Fun-Tastic Shows was earning their mark with the midway crowds. As quoted from the souvineer program, "Gayway has something new for the brave - and the not-so-adventurous. The brightly-lighted Gayway on the west side of the fairgrounds holds 63 rides, 39 of which are adult rides. These include the "Roller Coaster," "The Enterprise", "Monster Mouse," "Zipper," and the "Sky Diver." The 24 rides in the Kiddieland section include all the traditional delights plus a new go-cart track."

Much has changed since 1977. What was once kiddieland is now KiddieVille which is a new area that opened for the 2006 fair. And, the fair continues to expand the amusement section with taller, faster and more thrilling rides. Rumor has it that they plan to add an inverted coaster in the future. As the fair grows, there is more demand for newer rides and improved areas.

Published by:
Fred M. Giessel
PO Box 517
Puyallup, Wash, 98371