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    WEIRD BUT TRUE: Cattle Make Stop at Washington C-store

    Puyallup Fair parade goes off course.

    PUYALLUP, Wash. -- The Puyallup Fair here opened with a little retail action recently, when a few cattle from the opening parade veered off course and entered a convenience store, according to a report by The News Tribune.

    Two cowboys entered the store to drive them out, the newspaper reported.

    Several other cattle lost their way in the parking lot of the convenience store at the corner of South Meridian St. and 5th Ave. SW. Eventually, the cowboys drove all the animals back to the parade route and the procession continued as planned. The Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle drive opens the Puyallup Fair every year.

    Dave McDonald, a Puyallup Police spokesman, told the newspaper the animals entered through the store’s automatic sliding doors. There was no substantial damage the store and no injuries reported. The strays, however, did dent a car in the store parking lot.

    Paulette Phillips of Buckley was watching the parade directly across the street from where the cattle entered the store. "We had the perfect seats," Phillips told the newspaper. "It took them quite a while to get them out of there."

    Karen LaFlamme, spokeswoman for the fair, said she remembers one year when a lost animal walked up to a drive-thru bank window as if it wanted to make a transaction. "This time, I guess they wanted to go shopping," LaFlamme said.

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