Preparations complete for this year's fair

Photo Credit: RAY HUGHEY - 
The 2014 Clackamas County Fair is underway this week, but things didn’t come together without a lot of effort.

This year was much different. The fairground’s 90-year-old livestock building was torn down due to safety concerns and replaced with two temporary aluminum framed tent structures.

The same metal pens used in the old livestock building were set up in the new tents. Pigs and Boer goats go in the smaller tent; cows and llamas in the big tent. Local 4-H members painted the pens over the weekend.

No open or breeding stock swine classes were held this year to avoid spread of a swine virus. The 4-H and FFA classes will go on. Entries will be sold at the livestock Auction Saturday.

“It’s going very smoothly,” said Laurie Bothwell, executive director of the Clackamas County Event Center. “Everyone is well pleased.”

Sparks flew along Rodeo Roadway as Paul Lesch, beneath a star-spangled welding mask, added some final touches to ornamental iron pieces set up by Grande Valley Ornamental Iron.

A roof of netting was strung over the main lawn to provide relief from the hot sun for spectators at Main Stage performances.

Thursday, the fair carnival rolled in. Behemoth semi-trailer rigs laden with ride equipment lumbered around the midway doing a do-si-do around the midway area, looking for a spot to set up. The work crews from Fantastic Shows, of Portland Funtastic Traveling Shows out of Portland sent a 60-70 person work crew to get things up and running for the fair.

They set up about 17 rides, including a Super Orbiter, a Cliff Hanger and Invertor. A first for the fair will be the Vertigo swing ride, said Rob Rhew, senior vice president with Funtastic.

As soon as the Clackamas County Fair ends, they will tear down and head for their next stop, the Oregon State Fair, which runs Aug. 22-Sept. 1 in Salem.

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