Incorporated in 1890 and situated at the foot of Mount Rainier, the town of Puyallup, was an agricultural area, where berries, flowers, and aromatic hops were grown. Today, the Washington State Fair honors its agrarian roots as the site for Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals, and where more updated mounts are celebrated.
The city’s population swells during the Goodguys 30th Pacific NW Nationals, held July 28-30, drawing over 2,500 rods, pre-’72 customs, musclecars and trucks, their owners and spectators. The economic impact isn’t lost on the locals, who welcome rodders with open arms. With this event being closer to Canada, the influx of Canadians is high, and more than a few of the vehicles we shot came from the Great White North.
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Unlike prior years, the weather was dry and warm, bringing out more open cars than usual. Without discussing climate change, we’ll just hope next year’s event will be sunny, with more pineapple whips and shaved ice being consumed.