Children and teens, moms and dads and grandparents from Columbia County and across the state have for decades participated in events at the annual Oregon State Fair in Salem.
It has been a family tradition for many to raise livestock and other animals and create crafts, vegetables, jams, pies, cakes and flowers to show at the fair.
Even though the 2020 Oregon State Fair in Salem has been cancelled due to the pandemic, fair organizers have unveiled a creative way to celebrate Oregon and Oregonians through an online event.
The following is a release from the Oregon State Fair.
The grandeur of the shire horses. The intoxicating smell of elephant ears. The L.B. Day Amphitheater filled with cheering crowds. They are unmistakable markers of the Oregon State Fair experience, and ones that will welcome crowds back to the fairgrounds in 2021.
Instead of going dark in 2020, the Oregon State Fair is building anticipation and opportunities for fairgoers to celebrate and win their way to 2021.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to provide a much needed celebration of Oregon — and Oregonians, this year,” said CEO Kim Grewe-Powell, Oregon State Fair. “We’ve created an end-of-season event with a nod to our history and future as a resilient state.”
Online Celebration Begins July 31, 2020
Fairgoers can win their way to the 2021 fair through contesting, starting now, with opportunities to share and highlight their favorite parts of Oregon: scenic scapes, brave heroes, favorite teachers, resilient grads, cute pets, and of course, memories of the Oregon State Fair.
E-Fair Entertainment Begins August 28, 2020
There are many attractions attendees to the E-Fair will be able to enjoy from the comfort of their own home.
“We’ll showcase some of your favorite animals, food, live music, and family entertainment - plus the lineup and pre-sale for the 2021 Columbia Bank Concert Series,” said Grewe-Powell.
A few of the attractions will include:
- NW Challenge K9 Heroes/Dock Diving Dogs
- Dia de la Familia dances by Ballet Tianese and Danza de Los Viejitos
- GASCAR Animal Racing
- Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks
- iFlip trampoline acrobats
- 4-H interviews
- Taste-of-a-Fair food truck tour
- Gerry Frank Chocolate Cake
Fairgoers are encouraged to sign up for the Oregon State Fair E-newsletter for timely updates and contesting information on the Oregon State Fair website.
About the Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair began in the year 1861 in Oregon City during the Civil War. Since 1862, the Fair has called the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem home, hosting thousands of visitors from near and far with premier concerts, art, culture, rides, agricultural exhibits and livestock. In 2019, the Oregon State Fair celebrated the century mark of the Historic Horse Stadium.
For more information, visit oregonstatefair.org.