Tractor Pull and Bust That Wool!

Make plans to attend kid-friendly County Fair July 23-26

The 2014 Hood River County Fair, with its theme “Music, Memories, Magic,” takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 23-26, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, Odell.

Gates open at noon each day. Carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. General admission is $7 per adult on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $10 per adult on Saturday. Children aged 6-12 are admitted for $2 every day, and children younger than 6 are admitted free.

Kids can get involved with their art work, photography, baked goods, horticulture, and more. Check the Fair Book for details on how to enter July 21-23; books are available at the Fair office and businesses throughout the county.

The fair offers entertainment, activities, food, and fun for all; for the younger set, here are some highlights:

The “Walk on the Wild Side” exotic animal show displays a wide range of exotic animals and reptiles in a jungle atmosphere.

Professor Bamboozle’s Road Show brings laughs and fun — and balloons — to the park and fairgrounds each day during the fair.

n Godfrey the Magician brings his award-winning style of comedy magic to this year’s fair, and brand-new levitation tricks, too. He’ll perform in the park each day.

The “Kiddie Tractor Pull” will be held near the barns. Using toy John Deere tractors, the competition is divided into age groups, and is fun for kids and spectators.

“Wool Busting!” is back, too. Kids up to 55 pounds can try their hand at riding sheep. It’s a start for the next generation of rodeo stars.

There’s fun for bigger kids, too, including Barrel Busting Sheep, the Buck-A-Ewe mechanical sheep, and “Just for Fun” Roping Clinics, new this year. It’s exciting rodeo action for kids over 55 pounds, and younger than age 12.

Every day is “Bracelet Day” on Cascade Amusements carnival rides. Save money on rides by purchasing a $22 ride bracelet ticket for just $17 in advance of the fair’s opening. They’re available at the fair office, Mid Valley Market, Hood River Supply, and Clem’s Market in Odell, at McIsaac’s in Parkdale, at Juanita’s Market in The Dalles, and at Juanita’s Market, Hood River Supply, and Columbia State Bank in Hood River, and for the lower price must be purchased by 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 23. Each bracelet ticket purchased may be used on any one day of the fair, and is good for rides all day long. Carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. each day, and continue until closing. The fair gates open at noon each day.

Friday evening, beginning at 4:30 p.m., is the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction in the livestock arena. It’s the all-important culmination of a year’s work for the 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors. Check the schedule for all the 4-H and FFA competitions and activities.

The Frank Herman Arena will be a busy place during the fair. Thursday at 6:30 p.m., well-known rider Tony Galvez will perform, and there will be roping and hat dancing with a band. Thursday through Saturday there will be popular Team Penning and Ranch Sorting clinics and competition, youth gaming events, and more. Check the schedule for all of the popular rodeo activities.

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