HR County Fair arrives July 22-25

The Hood River County Fair returns Wednesday through Saturday, July 22-25. An old-fashioned family-oriented county fair that’s been named the “best in the state,” it’s known for outstanding entertainment, activities for kids and adults, displays and exhibits, carnival and midway fun, horses, livestock, flowers, and food to please every taste. Country music star trio Gloriana performs Saturday evening, July 25. The scenic fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, near the community of Odell.

Regular general admission prices to the fair are $7 per adult Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $10 on Saturday. Admission for children aged 6-12 is $2. Children under 6 admitted free. Season tickets are available ($24 adults, $5 ages 6-12 inclusive). The fair opens each day at noon; carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. Check the schedule, as FFA and 4-H events begin earlier. Many favorite displays have moved to the blue gym this year from the gold. Musical performances are free with paid admission.

Musical entertainment begins Wednesday evening on the park stage at 8 p.m., with a Patsy Cline impersonator. On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the 204th Army Band performs on the main stage. On Friday, it’s a full evening of Hispanic music on the main stage, with Oregon bands playing from 7-9 p.m., and California’s Banda La Movida beginning at 9 p.m. Hood River Supply, Juanita’s Fine Foods, and Hood River Taqueria are sponsors.

Fair headliner Gloriana takes to the main stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, presented by Griffith Toyota Northwest.

Also free with fair admission are many other great attractions — many found in the park area, or around the fairgrounds. Kidz Dental is sponsoring many of the park activities.

In the park, the “Walk on the Wild Side” exotic animal show displays a wide range of exotic animals and reptiles in a jungle atmosphere, and Godfrey the Magician serves up award-winning comedy and levitation tricks. Professor Bamboozle’s Road Show brings laughs and fun — and balloons — to the park and fairgrounds. And look for Dr. Solar’s Good Time, Traveling Medicine Show’s unique magical and educational

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 in Odell at the fair office, Mid Valley Market, Hood River Supply, and G.G.’s; 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 must be purchased by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22.

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.

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