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Dish out less at gate at this year's state fair

Organizers reduce admission, but keep quality of acts high


Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE FAIR - The Oregon State Fair starts Thursday, Aug. 22, and features entertainment from the likes of  reggae star Ziggy Marley and country rockers Charlie Daniels Band. For complete info: oregonstatefair.org.The 149th Oregon State Fair, which starts Friday, Aug. 22 and goes through Sept. 1, has always blessed visitors with an excellent lineup of entertainment, and 2014 won’t be much different at the L.B. Day Amphitheater on the fairgrounds in Salem. And, best of all, it’s free for the first time (general admission)!

Check it out (including VIP tickets available at oregonstate fair.org), for fans of ...

• Reggae: Ziggy Marley, the late great Bob’s kid, brings his “The Fly Rasta Tour,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 ($35)

• The Beatles: It’s the tribute band Fab 4’s “The Ultimate Tribute to 50 years,” 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 ($20)

• Comedy: David Spade (the epic comedian/actor of “Joe Dirt” fame), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 ($35)

• Family: It’s faith and family night with The Newsboys and special guest Ryan Stevenson, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 ($20)

• Rockin’ country: The Charlie Daniels Band, of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” fame, plays “A Tribute to Our Troops,” 7 p.m. Aug. 28 ($20)

• “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”: Yep, it’s Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 4 p.m. Aug. 30 ($35)

• Lovin’ summer: The Beach Boys help celebrate the last days of warmth and sunshine, 4 p.m. Sept. 1 ($35)

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE FAIR - The Oregon State Fair starts Thursday, Aug. 22, and features entertainment from comedian David Spade. For complete info: oregonstatefair.org.Other concerts are Buckcherry (7 p.m. Aug. 22, $35), Emblem 3 (4 p.m. Aug. 24, $20) and Chris Young with special guest Courtney Cole (6:45 p.m. Aug. 29, $35).

Paid entry to the Oregon State Fair, which includes all the animals, exhibits, activities and carnival fun, has been lowered to $8 and $6 for children ages 6 to 11 and seniors 62 and older.

Organizers want citizens to know that there are many deals available, in addition to the lowered admission cost. They end today, but it’ll pay to scramble: Participating Safeway stores will sell $5 admission tickets and provide savings for kids and seniors; the Comcast Blast Pass provides unlimited carnival rides and three free games for $35 (available at www.oregonstatefair.org and through Portland Perks at www.getmyperks.com/deal/portland).

There also are daily deals; visit www.oregonstatefair.org for info.

The fair will put on Homebrew Beer and Amateur Wine competitions. A favorite event: The Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest, judged solely by Frank — longtime writer and Meier and Frank heir — on just two bites each of the made-from-scratch creations, a chore he has taken up since nominated for the job in 1959 by then Gov. Mark Hatfield. Entries are acceped till 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Jackman-Long Building.

— Jason Vondersmith