WASHINGTON STATE FAIR FOUNDATION

Educate. Preserve. Improve.

Puyallup, WA   |  www.thefair.com/foundation

Mission

The Washington State Fair Foundation financially supports the scholarship and educational programs of the Fair and helps preserve and improve the Fair for future generations.

Ruling year info

2008

Foundation Development Manager

Holly Ball

Main address

110 9TH Ave Sw

Puyallup, WA 98371 USA

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Formerly known as

Puyallup Fair Foundation

EIN

26-1250496

NTEE code info

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarships

The scholarship program predates the Foundation and since 1991, more than $1 million in awards have been distributed to local students.

Population(s) Served

Thanks to the generosity of our Foundation donors, the Traveling Farm delivers an agriculture field trip experience to elementary schools at no cost to families, teachers or schools. When you see our trucks and trailer on the highway, they are on their way to teach young students about farming, including the care and life-cycle of plants and animals, and farm-to-table concepts. Many kids we meet don't know where their food comes from, how it gets to the store shelves, or why it is important to preserve land for farming. But during their visit with the Traveling Farm, kids learn how plants grow, what tools farmers use, and how to make healthy food choices. They even get to meet live farm animals, including ducks, sheep, goats and rabbits. With your help, the Washington State Fair Foundation funds the exhibit's visits to more than 50 elementary schools each year. We love hearing from teachers and families about the impression the Traveling Farm experience makes on young minds.

Population(s) Served

One example of a recent improvement project is Piglet Palace.

Thanks to the generous attendees at Rock the Roller Coaster, when the Washington State Fair opened in September, the sows had a brand new home away from home: Piglet Palace.

Located on the south end of the grounds, Piglet Palace is across from the Fair Farm and on the corner of the new Tractor Tracks exhibit. The new barn has an open layout, so fairgoers can view piglets from both sides of the pens. When crowds get thick, the piglets are visible to even our youngest fairgoers thanks to four video monitors that capture all the adorable action. The barn has a pig weathervane on the roof and two plaques recognizing that the building was funded by donors of the Washington State Fair Foundation.

On opening day, one mama pig and her 12 charges were on display while another sow awaited labor. The second sow was delivered on 9/11, birthing 12 piglets, all pink and perfect. A third litter of 12 piglets was born on 9/17. Throngs of fair visitors crowded in to Piglet Place to witness their adorable squeals and grunts.

Population(s) Served

With a rich history dating back to 1900, the archives of the Fair are a curator’s dream. In 2013, the Foundation took an important step in protecting the estate by funding the purchase of digital asset management software. This software package enables the Fair to digitize its voluminous collection of photos, clippings, memorabilia, and audio and video files – cataloging these important assets in digital format before age and environment disintegrates the actual objects. The software is powerful and the staff imagines fantastic possibilities above and beyond protecting our photographic legacy. Blue prints, master plans and more will be scanned into the asset manager, making the Fair’s business operation more efficient and environmentally friendly as well.

The long-awaited Voices of the Fair documentary is a collection of stories and behind-the-scenes secrets as told by long-time fairgoers, employees and Directors. The film is shown in the Fair Museum and sold at the merchandise booths during the Washington State Fair. If you missed it, you can view the film’s trailer and order your copy on our website at www.thefair.com/foundation/preserve.

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Financials

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WASHINGTON STATE FAIR FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jerry Larson

Larson Glass

Term: 2008 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes