Lane County Fair by Jennifer Archer

Lane County Fair by Jennifer Archer

Ever wanted to move to a place you loved on vacation? I recently moved back to Lane County, specifically Eugene, after a long absence. I decided what better way to re-immerse myself into the area than by attending the Lane County Fair.

Aside from the requisite food-on-a-stick, flashy midway and bovines groomed nicer than any show dog, I found an array of booths and information on the area. I learned about the hottest sport by playing musical chairs with the Emerald City Roller Girls, and tried my hand at casting and hooked a brightly colored plastic fish while stopping at the Oregon Fish & Wildlife booth.

Lane County Fair by Jennifer Archer

Lane County Fair by Jennifer Archer

The Lane County Fair allowed visitors to meet area authors and artists who interpret this beautiful county in a variety of creative ways. Information about local crops and critters could be found within the exhibits of many of the 28 county grange halls. The Historical Society Museum also stayed open until 8 p.m. each night and had a fascinating display on covered bridges, of which there are many in Lane County.

There were opportunities to meet your local politician, recycler, monster truck driver or chamber of commerce member. The parade of colorful characters kept fairgoers amused all day. Take all that you’ve learned about Lane County and get out and explore. If you missed the fair this year, be sure to stop by next year to coo over the baby piglets and bunnies. I mean, it wouldn’t be a county fair without cute farm animals. And elephant ears.

Also be sure to stay tuned for the Oregon State Fair, coming up on August 22nd. There will be more adorable animals, exciting rides and elephant ears to enjoy!

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