The city was named after the Native American tribe, the Puyallup or S’Puyalupubsh (phonetically: spooy-all-up-ahbsh) which means “generous and welcoming behavior to all people (friends and strangers) who enter our lands”.

Puyallup is home to the Washington State Fair. The Puyallup Valley community joined together to create the “Valley Fair” in 1900.

The Fair provided a place to exhibit animals of all kinds, and became a premier venue to showcase the crops which flourished in the valley’s rich soil. Today a total of more than 2.5 million people visit the Washington State Fair and Event Center for the September and spring fairs, plus all the other year-round events like the Sewing Expo and Good Guys Car Show.


Come in to Sumner if you’re looking for some old-fashioned hospitality in the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World.

Whether you come for the day or to stay forever, Sumner feels like your new hometown. The Historic Main Street is full of unique gifts and treasures. Stores offer personal service, while restaurants and diners dish up a side of gossip with the local cuisine. If you’re only here for the night, you can rest at the Holiday Inn Express in Sumner, with stunning views of the valley and Mt. Rainier.