The Oregon State Fair will raise its tent for the 156th time beginning Friday, August 26, and packing up on Monday, September 5.
In the middle, the organizers are expecting big crowds and the summer party to be over.
“There is a reason we are the largest party in Oregon,” Adele spokeswoman Kimberly Jacobsen said in a statement. “Our gallery team works hard all year long to explore new and diverse entertainment, attractions and gain new experiences. We bring together those fair traditions that families love and that keep people coming back every year to finish off the big summer.”
Affected by Covid over the past two years, none of the same social distancing or hiding requirements are expected, paving the way for the return of some fair favorites like Pavilion Events and an entire animal coop open to the public.
Live music, food vendors, carnival, science shows, magic shows, aerial daredevils, monster trucks and rodeo activities will also be available to show-goers this year. Plus ways to save Tickets and all fair costs.
“It takes a lot of teamwork and coordination to put together an event of this magnitude,” Kim Grewe Powell, CEO of the Oregon State Fair and Exhibition Center, said in a statement. “We are so grateful to the extremely talented fair staff and the hundreds of seasonal workers and volunteers who are partnering with us to make the Oregon State Fair an unforgettable event. I am so proud of our 2022 fair lineup and invite everyone to come out and enjoy a great end of summer.”
Although corn dogs, sno cones, and Zipper rides are mainstays of the state, there is plenty to see and do. Here is the Salem Reporter’s guide to things you shouldn’t miss.
The engines will start revving up on September 3rd and September 4th with mega truck shows starting at 2pm promising trucks doing all kinds of tricks and stunts. Entry is free on a fair ticket – and Car Mania will close on September 5th at 2pm with the minicar demolition derby.
The Hell on Hooves Summer Showdown Finale Rodeo is scheduled for August 26 and August 27 starting at 7 p.m. and will feature bareback riding, barrel racing and poker with offending bulls. Rodeo Lights and Summer Nights will follow each night’s rodeo for a concert featuring Ned LeDoux on August 26 and Maddie and Tae on August 27. Express ticket holders ($5 extra ticket) will be able to dance on the Pavilion’s dirty floor and private bar.
Chocolate Cake Competition
The annual chocolate cake contest was a mainstay of Salem legend Jerry Frank, but his death doesn’t mean the end of tradition. In honor of Frank’s 60 years of rule, the competition now bears his name and will take place on Sunday 4th September at 2pm in the Creative Living Room. Tom Hoffert, CEO of the Salem District Chamber of Commerce will govern.
Enter your best cake by bringing it to the Creative Living building on competition day. Participants will receive free admission to the exhibit and a copy of Jerry Frank’s “Oregon” guide, courtesy of his home.
R&B, county and other big business are heading to the fair this year. Tickets for all 8 shows Available online And start at $40, which includes free fair admission. VIP tickets start at $100 and include free parking, a trophy, priority entry, special good service, VIP bar access, and reserved seating. Rascal Flats lead singer Gary LeVox is scheduled to arrive on August 29. Shaggy will follow on August 30, and Bethel Music will appear on August 31. Beach Boys on September 3. The Fair Concert Series will conclude with La Addictiva Panda San Jose de Messias on September 4th and Nelly on September 5th. All concerts start at 7pm except for Nelly who will take the stage at 4pm.
If you’re already at the fair and want to attend a concert, there are a limited number of seats reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Judging by several 4-H and Future Farmers of America competitions is now underway before the show opens, but the award-winning animals will be on display for all to see. This year’s poultry competition has been canceled due to bird flu fears, but the best rabbits, llamas, pigeons, goats and more in Oregon will be there to greet it.
Dia de la Familia
Sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, this bilingual feature is back in the gallery. August 28 and September 4 will see recreation, bilingual activities, and activities at the Spirit of Oregon Theatre. Activities include Loteria, tortilla art, and performances by acts such as La Chomba and Los Humildes Hermanos Ayala.
The multi-breed horse show will begin on August 28 and will run until the end of the show. Shows horses over nine days at Horse show Stadium Arena. Shows are scheduled every day starting at 9am with specials in the afternoon starting at 2pm, horses will participate in salutes to veterans and first responders and a horse drawing competition will be held. Miniature horses, ponies, mules, burrows, gypsy horses, drum horses and Tennessee walking horses are just some of the breeds that will be on display.
Creative life exhibits
Live works get a lot of interest in the gallery, but the quieter Creative Living exhibits are well worth a visit. Inside the gallery hall, you’ll find a collection of Oregon artwork, including poetry, calligraphy, and photography—many of which are for sale. The Oregon Archives will have a special gallery of promotional travel photos taken by the state’s Department of Highways during the 1930s. There are also building blocks exhibits, award-winning quilts, and even a table-decorating competition. Plus, who doesn’t love taking pictures of the state’s largest pumpkin and best sunflower?
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The Oregon State Fair opens at 10 a.m. Friday and closes at 10 p.m. Monday, September 5 at the state fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE. Certain traffic changes and turn restrictions will be in effect on city streets near the fairgrounds, and the city has signage placement” No parking” in the neighboring residential neighborhoods which is in effect from 8 am to 8 pm every day during the exhibition.
Closing hours vary between 10 and 11 pm daily. Carnival rides don’t open until 11am each day. Parking is $5 per vehicle and permits can be purchased Online.
Tickets are currently on sale and available at Wilco Farm Stores and online at oregonstatefair.org/tickets for $8 until the fair opens. Tickets are also available at the gate at $12 for adults, $10 for children, and $3 for seniors over 65. Children under the age of five are allowed to enter for free.
Contact reporter Caitlyn May at [email protected].
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