Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair this weekend in Odell

A little of everything: classical music, barbecue, fruit, art, and horses

The popular Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair arrives Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the park-like Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Rd., near the community of Odell.

The annual event celebrates the people and products of the Columbia River Gorge, in their arts and crafts, gourmet food products, fresh local fruit, baked goods, wine, jewelry, furniture, plants and flowers, soft goods, and more — all grown or crafted in the Gorge. The Hood River County Fair Board organizes the event. Admission and parking are free.

In addition to the wide selection of products and creations offered by exhibitors, the 2014 Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair features a full slate of special activities.

  • The Odell Garden Club will hold its popular annual autumn flower show and sale in the Floral Building throughout the weekend.
  • The Hood River Art Club will present a large gallery-style art show and sale. Find fresh local fruit (details on page B10).
  • Try delicious Gorge wines and food including barbecue by the FFA. Plans are being made for Indian-style salmon, too.
  • Special Olympics will be holding a fundraiser and “Cow Pie Bingo” will be back.
  • Gorge Strings performs on Sunday afternoon. There will be seasonal fun and treats for kids, too.
  • Fruit and Craft Fair attendees will have a special opportunity on Saturday. Just steps away, in the fairgrounds arena, a Ranch Sorting competition will be taking place from late morning into the afternoon.

It’s a Western-style equestrian sport in which two riders work together — and against the clock — to cut the correct cattle from a herd and drive them into a pen. Admission is free.

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