LISA ANN KAWACHI
AS THESE youngsters knew during the 2015 fair, every day is "Bracelet Day" on Cascade Amusements carnival rides. Save money on rides by purchasing a $22 ride bracelet ticket for $17 in advance of the fair's opening. They're available in Odell at the fair office, Mid Valley Market, and Hood River Supply; at McIsaac’s Store and Jim’s Market in Parkdale/Dee; at Juanita’s Market in The Dalles; at Pine Grove Grocery in Pine Grove, and at Juanita’s Market, Hood River Supply, and Columbia State Bank in Hood River, and must be purchased by 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 27. 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.
As of Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.
But there are a few new items of note.
One is work that has been done in the open barn area, thanks to local 4-H and FFA groups.
“It looks wonderful,” said Rice, “like a new building almost — we’re all really excited about getting that done.”
Another is a ranch roping competition on July 29 — youth roping and games begin at 10 a.m. in the arena, with the invitation-only roping competition beginning at noon.
Of course, the musical entertainment changes each year, but one additional change will be an opening act Friday night — Antifaz, whose show begins at 7:30 p.m. — for headliner Las Canarios at 9:30 p.m. There is usually no opening act that evening.
Now, what hasn’t changed: The Kid Zone will again be located in the park area, with face painting, balloon animals, pony rides, Godfrey the Magician, A Kidz Dental Zone and the exotic animal exhibit ready to entertain children of all ages. Kids can also participate in Wool Busting and Barrel Busting Sheep events — if they’re over 55 pounds and under the age of 12.
The popular Hispanic Dancing Horses show takes place July 27 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Frank Herman Arena, accompanied by music from Banda Diamindo. Also worth checking out are the Ranch Sorting and Team Penning practices on July 28 — 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively — and the Team Penning competition at 5:30 p.m., all in the Frank Herman Arena.
This year’s Saturday concert features Brewers Grade at 7 p.m., opening for Tracy Lawrence, who will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. on the Griffith Stage.
And, of course, there are the exhibits.
Open class entry takes place July 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 26 from 8-10:30 a.m. in the Community Building (youth and adult baked goods, fruits and vegetables, food preservation, clothing and textiles) and the Blue Gym (commercial exhibits, arts, hobbies and handicrafts, photography, and ceramics); judging takes place July 26 from 1-7 p.m. The exception is flower entries — open class flower registration takes place July 27 from 9-11 a.m., with judging from noon to 4:30 p.m.
One more thing hasn’t changed: Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds, so leave Fido at home.