In Oregon we wrap up summer with one tradition: The Oregon State Fair. Last week I got a glimpse at what makes the fair the one event locals never miss. If you plan on hitting the fair this Labor Day weekend, here is what “not to miss.”

    • Fair food is mobile food: 75 booths serve up delicious food-on-a-stick, from hand-dipped corn dogs to rotisserie turkey legs to grilled corn-on-the-cob to cotton candy. This year, the folks at the fair allow you to walk the grounds with your adult beverage, so savor an Oregon beer as you nosh. Rogue Ales is here: at the Rogue Roof Top Pub with live music and people watching high above the foot traffic. Or sample award-winning Oregon wines in the Heart of the Garden, a serene green space tucked among the pavilions.


    • Shade: Seek shady respite at the Americraft Center where kids and kids-at-heart across Oregon submitted their finest attempts at quilt making, cake baking—even Lego building. You get to vote on your favorites.


    • Sports/Activities: At the Sports and Recreation Area try sand boarding, skateboarding, BMX racing, or rock climbing. Get a gas on a monster truck or race your friends around the go kart course. But the Big Kahuna of fair rides? The Big Sling. A bungee swing launches you really high into the air—the thrill comes when the cords retract and you fall – all – that – way – back down.


    • Music & Dance: It’s the last weekend of the fair, so don’t miss Lynard Skynard, STIHL’s Dogs and Logs World Championships, “Days of the Dinosaurs,” and all those proud and pampered critters. Get down at the Michael Jackson Laser and Dance Spectacular and show us your moves, because everyone’s a kid at The Oregon State Fair.



Editor’s Note: The Oregon State Fair runs through Monday, Sept. 6th. For even more fun things to see and do this weekend, check out the Oregon event calendar.

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  1. artisan’s village says…

    Be sure to visit the Artisan’s Village at the Oregon State Fair! Artists demonstrating glassblowing, raku pottery, chainsaw carving, jewelry, painting, native american arts, beading, wood carving, lapidary and more. A music stage and tasty organic fresh squeezed orange juice, Italian ice and gelato, artisan coffee to refresh yourself.

    And a 12′ public participation art project, Artie the Dinosaur!

    Written on September 3rd, 2010 / Flag this Comment
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