Oregon State Fair Preview
This year, the annual Oregon State Fair opens back up on August 26 and ends September 5. The fair holds home to numerous competitions such as horse shows, amatur wine brewing hosted by Chemketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center, a homebrewing competition, Gerry Frank Chocolate
Layer Cake contest, Visual Arts, Culinary and Entertaining where they offer the categories; baked foods, Poetry preserved foods, Crafts/Hobbies, Paper Arts, decorated cakes and confectionary cakes, and table decorating.
Portland locations to drop off entries are Oaks Park (9am to 4pm) and Beaverton Chamber (9am to 5pm) where they are accepting Fine Arts, Calligraphy, and Photography entries August 10 through 11, and August 17 through 18 where they are accepting Crafts/Hobbies; Paper Arts; Poetry; Preserved Foods; Needlework & Clothing; Felting, Spinning, & Weaving; and Quilting entries.
Other locations include; Deschutes County Fairgrounds, OSU Extension Office from 8am to 5pm on August 9 to 11, Douglas County Fairgrounds from 8am to 5pm on August 16 to 18, Jackson County Fairgrounds from 9am to 5pm (regarding their 12-1 lunch) on August 15 to 17, and Tillamook County Fairgrounds from 8am to 5pm on August 15 to 17.
The state fair is also having a talent search. They are hosting the fields, Children’s Division (ages five to nine), Youth Division (ages ten to 17), and Adult Division (ages 18 and up). In order to participate in the talent search, you must win your local counties competition. Counties participating are Multnomah County Fair — May 29, Malhuer County Fair — August 4, Benton County Fair — TBD, and Clatsop County Fair — TBD.
As for concerts, some acts performing this year include Hunter Hayes (August 29), Foreigner (August 26), Luis Coronel (August 28), and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (September 1).