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The Gerg Merritt barbeque supports the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund, which has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to Crook County High School graduates.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - The Crook County Fair opens Wednesday, August 4, with the traditional Greg Merritt Community barbeque.  Hundreds of fairgoers attend the barbeque, supporting the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund, which has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to Crook County High School graduates. The Crook County Fair opens Wednesday, August 4, with the traditional Greg Merritt Community barbeque.

Proceeds from the barbeque go toward a college scholarship fund for Crook County High School graduates. The public is invited to the barbeque. Admission to the fair is free.

For 19 years, the Crook County Fair has opened with the Greg Merritt Barbeque. Hundreds of fairgoers attend the barbeque, supporting the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund, which has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to Crook County High School graduates.

Recipients of the 2020 Greg Merritt Scholarship were Jordan Graydon (NW Nazarene), Jillian Nguyen (UO), and Anna Woodward (OSU). This year's recipients are Kaiya Eller (OSU), Cayden Lowenbach (Linfield), and Dallen Nixon (WOU). 

Sixty-five scholarships have been awarded since 2001, when family and friends established the fund to honor the life of Greg Merritt, a prominent local farmer and agri-businessman. Greg and his wife, Gail, strongly believed in education and community service and were involved in the fair and the 4-H and FFA auction for many years. Greg was a candidate for Crook County judge when he died of cancer at age 54.

 

The Crook County Fair opens at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 4. The barbeque is held under the big tent at the fairgrounds and the public is invited. A dinner of tri-tip beef, potatoes, salad, rolls, drinks and dessert is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Entertainment will be provided by The Diamonds.


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