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The Multnomah County Fair, without county support, returns Memorial Day Weekend at Oaks Park

DAVID F. ASHTON - Good old fashioned fun, like taking a pony ride, awaits this years fairgoers at Oaks Park.Even though it was abandoned long ago by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, volunteers keep this festive family-friendly tradition going, and the 112th edition of the Multnomah County Fair will again take place at historic Oaks Amusement Park on the east bank of the Willamette River in Sellwood, on Memorial Day Weekend.

"Our springtime county fair will again present the talents, skills, and crafts that make these events so much fun," promised Friends of Multnomah County Fair President Larry Smith.

"Our theme this year is 'Honoring Those Who Serve', as we pay tribute to past and present members of the armed forces abroad, and emergency first responders here in Portland," Smith told THE BEE.

Families who attend this free fair can take in talent shows, exhibits of animals and crafts, live entertainment, and attractions, he said.

New at the fair this year, Smith announced, will be an attraction called "Butterfly Encounter" – a walk-through butterfly exhibit in which visitors can feed the butterflies, take pictures, or just enjoy being immersed in and surrounded by clouds of butterflies.

Expect to see members of 4-H clubs from around the region, showing off their rabbits, cavies, chickens, and goats, in the Small Animal Barn during the fair. Kids can learn with hands-on experiences in the "4-H Maker's Space", and there will be an opportunity to meet the Metro Teen Ambassadors.

The Multnomah County Fair is where crafters can win awards and cash for showing off their art, crafts, floral arrangements, food and baking, photography, and needlecraft. For Exhibiting information, see their dedicated webpage – www.multcofair.org/exhibits

"There will also be an increased community service presence at the fair this year, with community and nonprofit organization exhibiting," informed Smith.

And, it wouldn't be a county fair without a carnival midway; "I'm sure many brave people will want to try out the new Adrenaline Peak roller coaster here at Oaks Amusement Park," Smith added, having tried it himself already.

The Multnomah County Fair will be open Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, May 28, the last day of the fair, it from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The gate admission and parking is free!

The Multnomah County Fair is located at historic, non-profit Oaks Amusement Park, located at 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, north from the west end of Spokane Street in Sellwood. For more information, visit the fair's website – www.multcofair.org

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