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Welcome to our website. The Location of the MAFCA 2014 National Convention will be the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA.
Puyallup, Washington (pronounced Pew al up), one of Washington State's oldest cities, is located approximately eight miles east of Tacoma in the Puyallup River valley. Puyallup's earliest known history stems back to a small band of native Americans (approximately 2,000) that inhabited the land nearly 200 years ago, prior to any European Settlers moving into the region. In the 1830's, when European settlers first came into the region, they named the place Puyallup, (which means generous people) and its people, the Puyallup Indians. As the town grew in the later 1800's, its primary specialization was agriculture. Bulbs were raised in small acreages and by 1920 bulb growers in Pierce County raised nearly 60% of those in Washington State - 90% of which were Daffodils. Today Puyallup is a thriving city ever growing in size. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Rainier, the area boasts spectacular views while still providing a modern-day urban atmosphere inside the city. Come and discover the traces of Old Puyallup on a historic walking tour, a unique year-long display of outdoor art placed throughout the city, fresh fruit and produce from the valley at the Farmers Market, and so much more to choose from in Puyallup.
Welcome to the City of Puyallup, home of the Puyallup Fair (officially known as the Western Washington Fair), and the location for the MAFCA 2014 National Convention Model A Gallop to Puyallup hosted by the Gallopin’ Gertie Model “A” Ford Club of Tacoma.
Puyallup was incorporated in 1890 by well-known pioneer Ezra Meeker. Meeker took the name of his town from the local Puyallup Native-American tribe. It means “Land of Generous People.” Puyallup has grown to cover approximately 11 square miles and is home to nearly 36,000 citizens.
Nestled in the valleys and foothills to the northwest of Mt. Rainier, it is lush and green most of the year, with the scenic Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges visible from most areas. Recreational opportunities abound in Puyallup. Whether you’re looking for recreational sports teams for adults and kids, parks to take a leisurely stroll or hills for a more ambitious hike, you’ll find them readily accessible. The temperature in July is typically between 75 to 78 degrees – comfortable, but not too warm.
A full complement of regional and national retailers cater to shoppers from Puyallup to nearby Tacoma, and easy freeway access makes getting from one area to the other fast and simple. You’ll also find the VanLierup Garden Market, once home to VanLierup Bulbs, the Northwest Sinfonietta, one of the Northwest’s finest professional orchestra, a wide range of churches, community groups, and art associations in Puyallup. And during your visit, farm-fresh items are sold directly to the public at the Puyallup Farmers market where more than 250 vendors mark the turning of the growing season with a wide variety of product and hand-crafted products.
Join us in Puyallup for the MAFCA 2014 National Convention Model A Gallop to Puyallup and experience the excitement, energy and conveniences of the modern developments that have occurred while Puyallup has maintained the best aspects of its small town heritage and quality of life.