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The annual Crook County Fair begins Wednesday, Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 10

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Crook County Fair kicks off with the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Barbecue.

Believe it or not, it's almost time for the Crook County Fair again.

The annual community fixture kicks off on Wednesday evening, Aug. 7 with the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship BBQ and continues through Saturday night at the Crook County Fairgrounds.

The Wednesday evening barbecue begins at 5 p.m. and precedes an NJROTC presentation of the colors before The Modern Gentlemen take the stage around 6:30 p.m. Fairgrounds Manager Casey Daly said the concert is made available in partnership with the Crook County Foundation, a local organization that hosts the Picnic in the Park concert series.

The band, according to its publicity, has worked alongside many of the artists they celebrate. They bring charm, high energy, and spot-on vocals with harmonic perfection. They are the voices behind Frankie Valli, with classic hits and modern style.

"I am hearing through feedback that I am getting that they are pretty well known and very well received," Daly said.

The Modern Gentlemen is one of several stage acts planned during the fair. Thursday features include a talent showcase and Central Oregon Baton Twirlers and during the evening, Marty Davis will open for Asleep at the Wheel. On Friday, Bend's Tower Theater will be offering a preview of its upcoming feature, "Mamma Mia," and later in the evening, widely known local band Countryfied" will take the stage.

Saturday, members of the Prineville Music Theater Camp will perform and evening concerts will feature Court Priday & Lord Wally Band followed by Countryfied.

Daily attractions will keep fair-goers busy, whether it's Magic with Hart, the educational Legendary Longhorns show, or Wildlife Wendy. Ochoco Valley Railroad and the Grimes Christmas Scene, both of which have permanent residence at the fairgrounds, will be open daily. Also, pony rides are available for kids, and Bend Battlefield Lazer Tag and Bend Axe Throwing will be available each day.

The list doesn't end there as scavenger Puzzlemania is featured as well as balloons and face painting by JJ Entertainers. Visitors could take a camel ride or take a loop around the fairgrounds aboard Larry and Debbie Smith's Dinky Train.

And those hoping for a carnival will be glad to hear that the 2019 Crook County Fair will feature one courtesy of Paul Maurer Shows.

"For the next three years, we signed a new agreement," he said, adding that the carnival company is based in Grants Pass and will be passing through Prineville on route to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

"We are pretty happy with that," he said.

Alongside the many entertainment options and daily attractions, the fair will feature a variety of exhibits, from livestock to arts and crafts to foods and more. The exhibits and animals will be spread out throughout the fairgrounds.

And as always, the fair will culminate with the FFA/4H Junior Livestock Auction and the FFA Alumni Barbecue. Both events will be held Saturday afternoon.

The fair has been a popular draw in recent years and despite the fact that fair leaders had to contend with triple-digit temperatures last year, the event went well. Daly hopes for another good event this year —and perhaps some weather that is a bit more pleasant.

"We are preparing for the worst," he chuckled, "but hoping for the best."

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To get more details about the Crook County Fair, including the schedule of events, go to www.crookcountyfairgrounds.com/events/fair.


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