Biggest Hot Rod Show in Puyallup

Cars, Cars, and More Cars

A big hot rod extravaganza is happening at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. From July 27 through 29, Friday through Sunday at the Mattress Firm ShowPlex and throughout the grounds, feast on close to 3,000 hot rods, customs, trick trucks and muscle cars through 1972 on display. It’s the 31st Pacific Northwest Nationals by Goodguys.

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association promotes and produces some of the world’s most dynamic auto events. Goodguys is the world’s largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members globally. Goodguys events (20 annually) feature thousands of candy colored hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and regal classics sprawled throughout venues such as lush fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums. The cars, the vendor exhibits, the adrenaline-pumping Goodguys AutoCross, the live entertainment and colorful people create a festive atmosphere charged with electricity.

What to expect at the shows? There’s an Indoor Car Show for those who like to show off their rides under the lights and be eligible for most event awards including Goodguys Builder’s Choice and other high profile honors such as Top 12 awards. There’s Friday Nite Vintage Drags at Pacific Raceways, a full-throttle opportunity to share with thousands of loyal fans and future customers. The Spectre Performance All American Sunday offers car owners to hang with their fellow car club members and show off their rides to thousands of automotive enthusiasts. They’re also eligible for awards and competitions. The Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral is the selling or shopping experience for enthusiasts.

There are lots more to this show – vendor and manufacturer exhibits, live music entertainment, award shows, a kids’ zone for arts, crafts and games, and a model car-making also for kids. See also the Pinstriper’s Brush Bash where over 50 of the best pinstripes from the West Coast are on show and the Model & Pedal Car Show and Saturday Night Twilight Cruising.
If you’re a car enthusiast, vintage or otherwise, a seller or a buyer, or just plain curious, get your tickets soon and come over to Puyallup.

A Car Show to Beat All Car Shows

This is an annual event you just can’t afford to miss. If you’re staying with us at our motel in Puyallup, you’re never too far from the best car show this side of the Pacific Northwest.

Karshner Memorial Museum

When you want to expose your kids to an engaging educational experience, take them down to the Karshner Memorial Museum. Just a short distance away from our motel in Puyallup’s historical downtown, this museum is a great place to learn about the natural and cultural history of America.

This museum was created by Dr. and Mrs. Warner M. Karshner, who founded it after their son died of polio. They then gifted the museum to the local school district to serve as a teaching museum. Every year, students from all over are able to view and interact with a collection of over 10,000 fascinating items, including an elephant foot, a Plains teepee, carved figurines, baskets, Inuit artifacts, old-time photographs, and much more.

You can find the museum at 309 4th Street Northeast.

Puyallup Farmers’ Market

Are you in need of some farm-fresh goods or gifts during your stay at our Puyallup motel? You can’t go wrong with the Puyallup Farmers’ Market! Held at the Pioneer Park and Pavilion, this market represents a downtown tradition going back over thirty years. Buy certified organic produce and flowers directly from local growers, check out the wealth of arts and crafts from regional innovators, then take in the wine garden and live music. It’s a great way to get quality goods for less while supporting local farmers and businesses!

The market season runs from April to October, with markets running every Saturday from 9AM to 2PM. Starting in May, you can experience the Wednesday market from 3PM to 7:30PM. Visit the Puyallup Main Street Association website for more information.

Foss Waterway Seaport

The area surrounding our motel in Puyallup has a long history of maritime culture. This is the culture that the Foss Waterway Seaport seeks to share with visitors. If you have a passion for boats, ships, and the waters they sail upon, take the time to absorb the fascinating exhibits of this Tacoma museum.

The Seaport itself is the last surviving section of the timber frame warehouse that made up Tacoma’s waterfront for nearly a hundred years. Inside, you’ll be able to get up close to a wide array of engaging museum exhibits, including classic rowboats, canoes, boat models, and educational displays. You can learn more about the museum or rent museum facilities for your own events at the Seaport’s official website.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Another great adventure awaits both adults and kids at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium where you can visit Sumatran Tigers, Asian Otters, Beluga Whales, Burmese Pythons, Octopus, Seahorses, and Sharks. You can also enjoy the best of the Pacific Northwest in the park around the Zoo. The scenic five mile drive takes you through beautiful forests, along beaches and offers breath taking views of the Tacoma Narrows.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Website

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(About 17 miles away from Motel Puyallup)
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

The EMP Museum

Seattle’s famous Experience Music Project, or EMP Museum, is a celebration of America’s favorite music. Learn about the history of rock and roll from a series of displays and interactive exhibits, then live the rockstar experience in front of a virtual audience. Your admission ticket also gets you into the Science Fiction Museum, where you can see artifacts and costumes from your favorite sci-fi and fantasy epics.

The EMP Museum can be found north of our motel in Puyallup in Seattle Center, directly underneath the iconic Space Needle. You can learn more about current and upcoming exhibits, or purchase your tickets, by visiting the official EMP website.

Almost A Man’s World Near Puyallup Motel

Huge RVs and Arms Events

We know RVs are enablers of great adventures, finding new hiking trails, attending weekend sporting events for the kids or traveling to new sites. RVs provide years of affordable travel fun, freedom and flexibility. Many would like to own an RV and it’s not bad to look around. In Puyallup, Washington, there’s such a showcase.

The Puyallup RV Show from May 3 to 6, located at the Mattress Firm ShowPlex, has something for every leisure need. In Puyallup, see new RVs from over 20 local dealers and visit the RV corral for select pre-owned units. If you’re from out of town, you can easily move around in their provided People Mover. See the many exhibitor booths for a variety of products and services. There are seminars and other presentations. You can sign up for the Hands On RV 101 for new RVers, see new “techy” gadgets, and attend the Travel Trailer Hitching & Unhitching demo. There’s a treasure hunt for the kids, too. And you can even win a Winnebago Travel Trailer! They’ll feature Manufactured Housing Day where you can see all of the RVs, exhibits, seminars and homes for a special price.

On May 19th and 20th, at the AgriPlex, there’s the Washington Arms Collectors’ Show. The Washington Arms Collectors (WAC) is a non-profit corporation, a forum for collectors of arms and their accouterments for exchange and information in a setting of fellowship and camaraderie, in order to foster research, education and publication concerning arms and their relationship to history. It also seeks to broaden the interest of the general public in arms collecting consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations.

WAC puts on Washington state’s largest gun shows. The largest being in Puyallup, fills up to 1,200 tables (another in Monroe, over 300 tables) making a WAC show a major event. There’s no friendlier pro-gun event or one with a better selection of firearms, ammunition, knives, militaria and accessories. Only WAC members are able to buy, sell and trade firearms at the shows or carry firearms into any of the venues. Non-members and military who are interested have to pay admission.

Exploring New Worlds

Want to explore these great opportunities? Then come to Puyallup and stay at our Motel. Ask our friendly staff about these two amazing events. We’re just minutes away.

Spring Fair Has Come To Puyallup

Amazing Fair in Washington State

What have we got for the Spring Fair? Tons of fun for the family! At the sprawling Washington State Fairgrounds, you can’t miss a bit with all that’s in store for you, family and friends. Look at these lineups and mind the times and places. Happening from April 19 to the 22nd.

Attractions galore! Motorsport Mayhem is the monster truck show not to be missed. At the Paulhamus Arena, a one-of-a-kind show features equestrian stunts and daring horseback acrobatics in the Cirque Ma’Ceo Equestrian Stunt Show. Go to Fiesta Mexicana celebrating Mexican culture and arts, enjoy animals, rides, games, exhibits and shopping. At the Mattress Firm ShowPlex, see gardens, living inspiration and shopping at this giant garden exhibit at the Northwest Living and Garden Show. Then marvel at a glorious display of Fireworks lighting up the skies of the Puyallup Valley Friday and Saturday.

Love animals? Of course, you do! At the Evergreen Plaza, come to the Australian Animal Show and meet kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and baby joeys, and visit the laughing kookaburra. At the Expo Hall Outdoors Adventure, see turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes and snake eggs, and insects from near and far places of the world at Brad’s World Reptile Show. At Red Gate is a Spring Fair favorite – the Dockdogs. See amazing dogs dash down a 40-foot canine runway and jump into a large 27,000 gallon swimming pool. The longest distance jump wins!

More animals at Fun on the Farm at the Centennial Building. Got farm activities, agriculture displays, and adorable baby animals like bunnies, sheep, goats, chickens and more. Love Llamas? See these cute, furry animals and their funny antics at Arena L – Town & Country 2. Miniature horses? See these friendly creatures at the same venue. They’ve also got Pygmy Goats. Find them at Barn M. The Swifty Swine Racing Pigs is a crowd-pleaser; watch adorable piglets race to the finish line at the Fountain Plaza.

The Spring Fair also brings music and entertainment. At Brew Park Stage, the Olson Bros band will showcase country music along with Washington beer and cider. See an Elvis Presley show, or the pop-folk-rock group The Junebugs, or classic comedy and magical show of Trevor and Lorena at the Coca Cola Stage. At the Showplace Stage, find Jeremy, a 2-time world champion juggler. At the same venue, the 7th annual Spring Fair Step Show is percussive dance combining complex rhythms and sounds.

Close to The Adventure in Puyallup

Staying at our Puyallup motel on these dates? Then you’re in for fun and enjoyment with the family. Ask our friendly staff how to get to the State Fair grounds and about gate prices.

The Largest Sportsmen’s Show Near Puyallup Motel

A Celebration of the Outdoors

Running January 24 – 28, 2018 is the state of Washington’s largest sportsmen’s show. The show opens January 24 with a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers and past crowd-pleasers at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
What’s up? It’s the 31st Washington Sportsmen’s Show that offers over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, camp cooking demonstrations, a kids’ free fishing event, lots of competition, and more. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.

See the first-ever kokanee tank at the show. It’s a display and demo show featuring dozens of catchable size kokanee salmon in a specially-built, thermostatically-controlled tank.

Then a teaching and demo show of Les Schwab Tires’ Indoor River showcasing who’s who in northwest fishing to teach and demonstrate a variety of river and stream fishing tactics, techniques and presentations of trout.

The Kids Trout Pond returns this year with 2,000 pounds of trout to catch at the show. All gear is provided, and it’s free with admission into the show for kids 12 and younger.

There’s Brett Stoffel’s survival seminar to help people overcome the odds and survive dire conditions. There are more than 40 hours of hunting and fishing seminars every day at the show. Admission is free. See what’s covered in these seminars – salmon, steelhead, trout, kokanee and bass fishing, turkey hunting, elk calling, horse and mule packing, fly tying, DIY hunts in Idaho, dog training and more.

There are aisles and aisles to wander and ogle at every conceivable fishing, hunting and camping accessory on display and most available for sale at the show. Along with an array of products are boats, ATV’s, RV’s, outdoor art, trucks, apparel, knives, media and books and optics.

Plan Your Great Adventure in Puyallup

If you’re staying with us at our Puyallup motel, know you’re just minutes away from the long-standing sportsmen’s show in Washington state. Don’t miss the grander and more exciting 2018 Washington Sportsmen’s Show.

Everything Needlework Near Motel In Puyallup

A Festival For Love of Needlework

Do you simply love sewing, knitting, quilting, or using your hands to create needle-art? Its relaxing yet rewarding benefits are well-known. At the other end of the spectrum, you might just feel the same emotions shopping for these hand-crafted beauties.

That’s what the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Puyallup offers you. You will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many participating, quality companies. Come with family or your like-minded friends at the Washington State Fair for a 3-day extravaganza of all things needlework. This Nov 16th to the 18th, shop or just stroll by hundreds of booths and stalls offering exquisite knits and quilts, from 10am to 5pm, Thursday and Friday, and up to 4pm on Saturday,

For just the admission fee of $10.00 at the festival, your 3-day sojourn into needle arts and crafts will satisfy all the cravings of the senses. The festival features a wide variety of supplies, notions, patterns and techniques in the areas of sewing, quilting, needle-arts, stenciling, embossing, crystals, fabric crafts and more! The best vendors are packing two floors of The Pavilion with their innovative products that are brand new to the market.

Some examples of attractions are embroidery machines, embroidery patterns and embellishments, quilting patterns, tools and templates, sewing machines, a variety of cutters, scissors and other sewing tools, including books and fabrics.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the many “Make and Take” workshops or FREE educational seminars. There are free demos and even daily door prize drawings.

Enjoy your ticket, it’s good for all 3 days of each show, so don’t miss any of the exciting new products, techniques or educational ideas.

Art Work by Needle in Puyallup

When you’re in Puyallup on these November dates, grab a chance to see and feel the needlework industry gathered under one roof. Have the time of your life appreciating how beautiful things come together by hand or by machine – it’s needle art at its best, here near your hotel in Puyallup.