County Fair creates journey for fairgoers
This year, fairgoers, who traveled from across the nation and even across the world, could continue their journey once they arrived at the County Fair.
The Clackamas County Fair debuted its "Journey Map Passport," a pamphlet given to fairgoers upon entry, which includes 25 stops to visit at the fair. Those who got a stamp at each stop could turn the passport in for the chance to win prizes. Guests were also encouraged to place a magnet on the huge world map behind the main stage to indicate where in the world they are from.
"We wanted to see where their journey started to come to the fair," said Tyler Nizer, marketing coordinator, "and then we wanted to give them a journey at the fair."
The oversized wooden and metal map was created by Timbr and Moss, a local reclaimed wood décor business and fair partners in the new passport program, with metal work by GK Machine Inc. Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs also partnered to make the program possible.
According to the map, fairgoers came from as far as Greenland and India.
On Sunday, Nizer drew from the completed passports for prize winners. Prizes included a Dutch Bros. gift basket including a $50 gift card and merch, a $200 hotel stay donated by Alpha Media, a $500 art piece donated by the fair's art department and a custom reclaimed wood sign by Timbr and Moss reflecting the winner's home state.
The winners were: Jim Tharp from Clackamas, Kent Serda from Boring, Carde Shaffer from Portland, Manya Frazier from Canby and Riley Jones from Molalla.
The fair's partnership continues into next year, and Nizer hopes to improve and build the program.
To check out this year's selfies in front of the journey map, check out the hashtag #CCFair18 on Facebook and Instagram.