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From seeing animals to hunting down a sugary elephant ear, folks flocked to this year's event

Warm and sultry, with just a hint of breeze, seemed to be just fine with folks flowing through the gates of the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo this week.

The fair, an annual staple on the area's activity slate, had to deal with some very warm temperatures early on, but that didn't seem to stanch the flow of fairgoers who enjoyed food, music and fun.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Visitors to this year's fair enjoy some art and photography.

"We have been coming to this thing (the fair) for at least 25 years now," Canby's Floyd Hammack said as he motioned toward his wife, Kelly. "I think it's the best fair around, and we always try to make a day of it at least one day during the fair. Sometimes we come twice."

Kelly, for her part, had a very targeted reason for the visit.

"Well, I like the exhibits and the general atmosphere, but I'm really here for an elephant ear," she said. "Cooked dough and brown sugar, that's where I live. So eventually, we'll get over there and I'll get my elephant ear."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Vendors of all kinds were selling their wares during this year's Clackamas County Fair.

The annual fair and rodeo, which runs Tuesday through Saturday, offers plenty of the traditional fair fare. Additionally, there's a carnival, a throwback to a different era in the Pioneer Village, plenty of animals to check out and vendor booths. In short, there's a lot to see and do.

"I'll just say that despite what people might think about the hustle and bustle of a big fair, I find it relaxing," said Trent Burrow, of Oregon City, while wrangling a couple young ones. "My wife is here somewhere, but she loves the food exhibits and the photography, so she'll run off and enjoy that while I get the kids some food. It may sound kind of hectic, but I find it really relaxing. Just strolling, looking and enjoying a lot of cool stuff."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - There were some fun activities for families just looking to take a break during the fair.

Additionally, there is music, dance, magic and more on multiple stages, as well as a wandering performer who seemed to delight everyone.

"It has been a long three years with the pandemic and, although we are certainly not out of the woods, the sense of normalcy is nice," Kristy Spence, of Estacada, said. "So much fun stuff here, it kind of takes your mind off things for a bit. And I think that's something pretty valuable in these times."


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