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A lot of hard work has gone into planning the fair and providing entertainment, attractions and features for people to enjoy

It is often said that many things come in threes.

That seems to apply when it comes to summer events in Prineville. We all know about the biggest event, the Crooked River Roundup rodeo, and the horse race meet is a worthy inclusion as it draws massive crowds to the community every summer.

The event rounding out the top three has to be the Crook County Fair. It was stated in a guest column last week that county fairs are special in the way that they give us a break from the usual hustle and bustle and strife of daily life and let us all gather together, play around and check out the skills of people throughout the community.

Want good eats? Stop by the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund Barbecue that opens the fair on Wednesday evening. For a small price, you can enjoy tri-tip beef, potatoes, salad, rolls, drinks and dessert — and the money spent on the meal funds college scholarships for local students. What's not to like?

Those who like music would be hard-pressed to find more concerts in a weeklong span. Every night, a new act will take the stage — on Friday, you get two concerts. And they're all free of charge!

Those in search of fun activities and rides should know that fair leaders were unable to secure a carnival this year — a change of schedule by Deschutes County Fair planners bumped the Crook County Fair one week ahead, causing the local event to lose its carnival slot. But fair planners cobbled together a worthy alternative — a rock climbing wall, laser tag and a roller coaster obstacle course are a few of the activities spread throughout the fairgrounds.

And no Crook County Fair would be complete without the numerous exhibits. Quilts, artwork, photography, foods and much more round out a robust list of static exhibits at Carey Foster Hall while folks can check out all the livestock that 4-H and FFA members and other residents have managed to raise.

So, we encourage everyone to get out and spend some time at Prineville's third and final weeklong event. A lot of hard work has gone into planning the fair and providing entertainment, attractions and features for people to enjoy. Many fellow residents and neighbors have worked hard on fair entries to showcase, in hopes of landing a blue ribbon.

The Crook County Fair deserves our attention.

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