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March 31, 2014 at 10:10am

Washington State Spring Fair free for military April 11

Up-and-coming country artist Chuck Wicks will perform during Military Appreciation Day at the Washington State Spring Fair.

While the weather doesn't seem ready to share warmer temperatures, it is technically spring, which for the South Sound means one thing: the Spring Fair in Puyallup.

This 25-year tradition is back at the downtown fairgrounds April 10 to 13 with food, rides, livestock and performances. All military servicemembers, retirees, disabled veterans and their families get in free April 11 with valid identification.

For more information, check out excerpts the news release from the Spring Fair folks below. ...


March 19, 2014 at 2:18pm

FITZ + Free = Where military should eat tonight

We borrowed this photo off Steel Creek's news release.

Another week, another airfield seizure drill. You could use a free appetizer.

FITZ In the Morning from 100.7 The Wolf will be at Steel Creek American Whiskey Co. tonight, dishing out concert tickets, an autographed guitar and other giveaways during the downtown Tacoma restaurant's happy hour. If you're a member of the military or family member, show your military ID and receive a free appetizer during FITZ's visit. Steel Creek thanks you for your service.

March 15, 2014 at 11:00am

Military Appreciation Weekend at The Summit at Snoqualmie

The Summit at Snoqualmie offers a weekend of celebration and appreciation for the military, past and present, as well as their families. Photo courtesy of The Summit at Snoqualmie

The Summit at Snoqualmie is one of the Seattle-Tacoma area's top ski areas - and one that's perfect for everyone. Advanced skiers and beginners alike will find terrain to suit their skill levels, as will those who want to do other snow sports such as tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. From about early December until late April, The Summit's four mountains, 1,981 acres of skiable terrain welcome in snow fiends - but if you're a servicemember, the best dates to hit the slopes are March 21-23. On these dates, The Summit at Snoqualmie will host Military Appreciation Weekend. 

To honor and celebrate active and retired military, the ski area will offer special deals, live music, prizes, as well as other fun and fanfare. Special deals dominate the celebration and range from 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages with your military ID, to a $5 cheeseburger/fries/soda combo special, to snow sports discounts - a big deal for a sport that is often a pricey way to spend a day.

  • Lift tickets are normally $66 for ages 13-61 and $46 for youth and seniors, but for Military Appreciation Weekend they will be $35 and $25, respectively.
  • If you need to rent gear, an all-day ski and snowboard package is available for just $26 for adults and $20 for kids ages 7-12.
  • You also can't beat deals on ski lessons. For those 9 and older, the More 2 Learn Package is discounted from $99 to $45, while the Kids Club half-day lesson is also knocked down from $99 to $45.
  • And if you're not a skier, but want to play in the snow anyway, two-hour tubing sessions are just $15.

You'll also receive 20 percent off in all the gear and gift shops at The Summit.

The ski area recommends reserving sessions in advance at their website. All deals require you to show your military ID, whether you reserve in advance or not.

Directions? Click here.

Filed under: Military, Benefits, Sports, Deals,

January 15, 2014 at 10:27am

Homeward Bound campaign offers discounts to military

The mystique of what servicemembers do after deployment is no longer secret. And the activities have nothing to do with playing volleyball in jeans and T-shirts before jetting off in a hot-rod motorcycle to make out with Kelly McGillis.

After traveling over so many time zones, servicemembers just want to sleep. For days.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service want servicemembers to wake up and smell the deals. The organization is hosting a yearlong Homeward Bound campaign to honor those who serve.

"We understand the hardships and sacrifices military families go through," said the Exchange's Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels in a release. "2014 will be a year to celebrate the return of so many. The ‘Homeward Bound' campaign is our way of saying ‘thank you' to service members, and their families, for everything they have done and continue to do."

To kick off the year, shoppers can enter the Ashley Furniture giveaway through Feb. 6. Three winners will receive a room of furniture valued at $1,500 each. To enter, shoppers can "Like" the Exchange on Facebook and follow the contest rules.

Here's hoping a bed is part of the package, and you "Like" it.

Filed under: Military, Deals,

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