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2005 fair features Grammy winner

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Rides are a staple at the Hood River County Fair.

July 23, 2005

Grammy award winner Juice Newton and other great musical entertainment, exhibits of all kinds, carnival rides, food, fun, flowers and attractions for everyone in the family are all part of the 2005 edition of the Hood River County Fair. The fair, which has been named the “Best in Oregon,” returns to the fairgrounds near the community of Odell Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30.

Regular general admission to the fair is $5 per person, $1 for children aged 6-12 and free to children 5 and under. Wednesday, July 27, is Family Day, when admission is only $10 per car, regardless of the number of occupants. Invite family and friends to visit the fair, and enjoy the Talent Contest from 6-7 p.m. and the 4-H Style Show. Thursday is Senior Citizens Day; Hood River County residents aged 62 and older are admitted for $2 per person.

Thursday’s music heads south of the border with Tex-Mex/Spanish country music by Bandelaros del Valle on the park stage at 8 p.m. Appearing Friday evening at 8 on the main stage is the 24-7 Band, presenting a nonstop Top-40 musical show packed with great music, audience participation, and lots of fun.

Fair headliner and Grammy award-winner Juice Newton takes to the main stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30. One of the most riveting performers in country music, she’s also had a great impact on pop music. Her performance ranges from hits such as the stirring “The Sweetest Thing” to the rollicking “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me.” Other hits include “Break it to Me Gently,” “Angel of the Morning,” “A Little Love,” “Cheap Love,” and “I’m So Hurt.”

All of these fine musical performances are free with admission to the fair.

Also free with admission are several new attractions, including “Trash or Treasure?” on Thursday, July 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Blue Gym. Two qualified appraisers will be on hand to offer opinions on the value of antiques brought by fair attendees. While not certified appraisals suitable for insurance purposes, they may help answer questions about whether a possession is a treasure — or trash.

Each participating fair-goer is invited to bring one or two items (no guns, Indian artifacts, or gem stones, please — estate and costume jewelry can be checked). Seating in the cooled area will be provided for persons wishing to watch the appraisals.

The fair features all manner of open class, 4-H, FFA, and commercial exhibits. Computer game devotees will want to try the latest and most exciting interactive games — at no charge. Stop by the IGX Game Center, sponsored by the U.S. Army.

A county fair wouldn’t be a county fair without carnival rides, and every day is “Bracelet Day” on Cascade Amusements carnival rides. Save money on rides by purchasing a $16 ride bracelet ticket for just $12 in advance of the fair’s opening. They are available at the fair office and Clem’s Market in Odell, and at Cascade Market and Car Wash and E.T.C. (Every Thread Counts) in Hood River. They must be purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Each bracelet ticket may be used on any one day of the fair, and the bracelet is good for rides all day long.

Carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. each day and continue until 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The fair gate opens at noon each day.

There will be plenty of other fair fun, too. Here’s a partial list:

Stilt-walker, clown and circus performer Heather Pearl will serve up great entertainment with her one-woman physical comedy show each evening at 6:30 p.m. She’ll also be holding “insta-circus” workshops offering tips on juggling and clowning.

The popular Kids’ Arts and Crafts Center returns in the north gym, with a new and expanded list of projects. Children 14 and under are invited to make free take-home arts and crafts.

There’s a place for adults to rest, too.

Another great spot to relax for a bit is the floral building. Master Gardeners will have displays in the center of the building, and will offer educational material. Fragrant and creative floral exhibits are also housed there.

On Friday evening, the annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. at the animal barns.

Saturday morning at 8 a.m., the 19th annual Open Horse Show begins.

Also beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m. is the 4-H Family Fun Walk. It starts at the fairgrounds, makes a pleasant 3-mile loop through valley scenery, and ends at the fairgrounds. It’s open to everyone.

Automobile lovers will want to be on hand when the Custom Car Show opens Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

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For additional information, call the fair office at 354-2865, or check the Web site at www.hoodriverfair.com

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