September ushers in a change of season in the Pacific Northwest. It won’t necessarily look like fall, but fall activities are just around the corner. This month’s focus is on the return of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup and some fun weekend football dips.

Check out the fall recommendations from our Seattle team for fun at the state fair, tasty dipping sauces for those popular weekend football games, and strategies for winterizing your lawn.

The Washington State Fair:

If you have never “done the Puyallup” this may be a great year. If you have kids in school, they often bring free admittance tickets home. The fair will be open most days between September 3rd and 26th.

The fair offers a little something for everyone – fair food, concerts, live animals, rides, and games. Fisher Scones has been featured for 100 years and is a definite favorite. They also sell scone mix which makes a great gift for the baker in your life.  If fair food isn’t your thing be sure to check out the attractions or animals.

Football Season Dips Sure to Please:

September also marks the start of football season for both college and the NFL. It might be a little early to plan the menu for a Super Bowl party, but if you feel like staying inside and watching a game check out these fun September dips. Each of these pairs well with chips, crackers, or veggies so you can make a fun snack everyone will enjoy. You don’t even need to be a football fan.

Queso Dip

Parmesan Sour Cream Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Blue Cheese Dip


September Home Tip:
September is a good time to consider winterizing your grass for the season. If September is hot you can wait until October. Dethatching removes the dead grass that is interwoven between the healthy grass and the soil. This allows water to flow more freely to the soil and provides better nutrition. Aerating is a process where holes are made to better deliver air, water, and fertilizer to the roots. In our northern climate both dethatching and aerating are ideal in the fall before the grass goes dormant for the winter. You can do this yourself or hire a landscaper. Maintaining a healthy lawn will keep it as green as possible year round and the added bonus is better drainage in the wet months.


By Shelly Bean, Managing Broker, Seattle