By Matt Nagle
Among the many questions that people have concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and what the future holds is what will happen to the Washington State Fair? As it stands now with Pierce County in Phase 2 of the state’s economic reopening plan, Fair organizers continue with preparations to welcome back guests. The Fair is considered to be in Phase 4 of the “Safe Start Plan,” and is currently scheduled for Sept. 4-27.
In the meantime, Fair staff is carefully looking at what adjustments can be made to safely reopen the events center for interim events at the Fair, with all safety measures in place. One such event is happening in July, with a series of drive-through “Fair Food-To-Go” days offering the best of Fair food so that everyone can enjoy their favorites from the comfort of their own cars and without have to get out of vehicles.
“Fair Food-To-Go” happens during the first three weekends of July on these dates: July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19; Fridays from 4-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The list of vendors represents everything that Fair lovers look forward to every year: Earthquake’s Biggest Burgers with fries of their famous Tornado Potato; Brank’s BBQ featuring ribs, brisket, sandwiches and favorite sides including sweet tea; Krusty Pup; Murph’s Barbecue offering roasted corn on the cob, BBQ Polish Dog and strawberry lemonade; Impact Concessions’ turkey legs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and extreme fries; Fisher Scones and strawberry shortcake; and the warm and buttery Duris Elephant Ears.
Enter the event grounds near the Agriplex Building off 15th Avenue SW at the 5th Street gate. Food service is drive-thru only. Food vendors will take your order while you remain in your vehicle and deliver it to you. Credit or debit cards preferred. All food vendors will follow health and safety guidelines set forth by the Washington State Department of Health’s Safe Start Plan. Staff and vendors will frequently sanitize working surfaces, particularly concession/ticket counters, electronic pin pads and other areas contacted by customers, and employees hourly hand washing or sanitation will be required of all employees.
Guests are asked to adhere to CDC-approved safety measures and a family-friendly environment. Hand sanitizers will be available and/or access to nearby hand washing stations in customer areas.
Find a location map and more information at www.TheFair.com.