The 2011 Oregon State Fair runs from Friday, August 26 through September 5, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Heather and I had a blast at last year’s fair.
Competitions this year include 4-H of course, along with categories such as fine art, farm and garden, photography, floral, creative living, and grill offs. And of course there will be horse shows, and exhibits of livestock and the best part: small animals.
Entertainment includes Timbersports (which you can preview at the World Forestry Center in Portland on Wednesday, August 24), rides, animal shows, and five stages of music, including Cheap Trick on Saturday!
Food is provided by 75 food booths and stands, with all the traditional fair goodies like curly fries, corn dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, etc. There’s a Roof Top Pub, where if I were attending this year I would spend much of my time, and there’s also an Oregon Wine Cellar Patio.
Admission and hours vary wildly depending on days you attend, number of days you plan to attend, your age, whether you buy tickets in advance or at the gate, so visit the Oregon State Fair website for details (also check out special days and discounts).
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