Family fun abounds at the Hood River County Fair this weekend. This year’s fair features more free kids games, including a money toss and dummy roping, along with traditional carnival rides and midway fun. Parking is free — but be prepared for traffic back-ups at key times during the evenings.
The fair opens each day at noon, with carnival rides beginning at 1 p.m. Regular admission prices to the fair are $7 per adult on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Admission for children aged 6-12 is $2, and children under age 6 are free. Season tickets are also available.
Friday, July 26
n The 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction begins at 4:30 p.m. in the livestock arena. It’s the all-important culmination of a year’s work for the 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors.
n The 13-piece super-group Banda Rebelde de Pacifica performs on the main stage from 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, July 27
n Country music star Darryl Worley performs at 8 p.m. on the Griffith Stage (also known as the football field); all fire, police and emergency workers and volunteers are encouraged to attend as it will include a tribute to men and women in emergency services.
Happening both days
n The “Walk on the Wild Side” exotic animal show displays a wide range of exotic animals and reptiles in a jungle atmosphere — all ages love it!
n The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will offer its OMSI Science Program. It’s fascinating, and will keep the kids enthralled.
n Professor Bamboozle’s Road Show brings laughs and fun — and balloons.
n Godfrey the Magician brings his award-winning style of comedy magic to Park each day, with brand-new levitation tricks, too.
n “Wool Busting!” is back. Kids up to 55 pounds can try their hand at riding sheep. It’s a start for the next generation of rodeo stars with daily shows. Kids over 55 pounds who are younger than age 12 can try the new Barrel Busting Sheep event.
n The “Kiddie Tractor Pull” will be held near the barns each day at 2 p.m. using toy John Deere tractors. The competition is divided into age groups, and is fun for kids and spectators.
n Plenty of horse events are planned in the renovated Frank Herman Arena, including barrel racing, team penning and ranch sorting.
For more info call 541-354-2865 or visit hoodriverfair.org.
To reach the 2013 Hood River County Fair, travel I-84 to Hood River exit 64, then south on State Highway 35 to the Odell junction. Follow the signs to the fairgrounds at 3020 Wy’east Road, at the corner of Wy’east and Summit roads. Or drive Highway 26 to its intersection with Highway 35, then north on Highway 35 to the Odell junction.