ST.HELENS — The 2011 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo ropes and rides its way into town July 13-18, promising family fun and entertainment all day long and a carnival opening each day at noon.
Fairgrounds manager Ronda Courtney said there will be many things to look forward to at this year's fair, but two events stand out in particular.
On July 16, the fair will transform into a movie set for the filming of "Country Girl," an independent film currently in production.
"Since they're an independent film company, they'll go to Sundance (Film Festival) and some other independent film festivals," said Courtney. "The final scene of the movie actually happens at a county fair; it's a battle of the bands scene."
Courtney said anyone interested in being an extra during the filming can come to the fair and sign up. Some extras may even be included in the film's end credits.
The other big event is the annual plant sale, sponsored by Means Nursery in Scappoose. Proceeds from the plant sale go directly to the fair and will be used to host next year's event. Funding shortages and costs have left the future of next year's fair and rodeo in doubt.
"They donate all the plant material and we sell it well below cost and we get all the profits," said Courtney. "This really helps with any chance of having a 2012 fair. It really puts us at the point where there's a possibility. It's a great thing and it's great fun."
The fair begins July 13 with Senior Day, sponsored by Transwestern Aviation, with free for anyone ago 60 and over. One of the day's highlight's is the My Fair Lady Pageant, beginning at 1 p.m.
The 2011 My Fair Lady court includes Kay Jillson representing St. Helens, Diane Grube representing Scappoose, Liz Sandahl representing Rainier, Donna Harman representing Clatskanie and Sally Harrison represent Vernonia.
Other highlights during the week include 4-H exhibits, pig races, kid's peddle tractor pull, magic by Adam the Great, live music, goat races, and much more.