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The Crook County Fair returns Aug. 10-13, offering loads of activities, exhibits and entertainment

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Crook County Fair will, as always, offer a large number of livestock exhibits.

The Crook County Fair returns to Prineville next week, focusing on a theme of "Country Fun for Everyone."

The fair kicks off Wednesday evening, Aug. 10 at Crook County Fairgrounds and continues through Saturday, Aug. 13. The four-day event will feature a variety of live music shows, rides and other family friendly attractions and numerous livestock and static exhibits.

"We are very excited to do fair again," said Fairgrounds Manager Casey Daly.

The fair opens with the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund Barbecue, which has raised thousands of dollars in scholarships for Crook County High School graduates during the past 21 years. Seventy-one scholarships have been awarded since 2001. The dinner, featuring tri-tip beef, potatoes, salad, rolls, drinks and dessert costs $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The first of five scheduled concerts will take place Wednesday evening, with the Doo-Wah Riders performing under the covered stage. Subsequent concerts include Court Priday and the Lord Wally Band, opening Thursday and Shades of Huey, a Huey Lewis tribute band, closing out the evening. Papa Doo Run Run, a popular band from fairs past, will perform Beach Boys hits on Friday evening and Countryfied will conclude the concert slate on Saturday evening.

Due to an unanticipated scheduling issue, the 2022 fair will not feature a carnival.

"Unfortunately, when Deschutes (County) scheduled their 2022 dates (in the first week of August, rather than the last week of July), it pushed us out a week and we lost our carnival slot because of it.," Daly explained.

However, the fair will feature a collection of attractions and rides that provide kids and families some fun alternatives. They include a three-person rock climbing wall, a pirate's revenge ship, a ballistic swing, a roller coaster obstacle course and a gladiator joust. The Black Knight Extreme Maze joins the list of attractions as does a remote-control car racing course, a laser tag obstacle course and other attractions Daly said will be manned by fair vendors. Fairgoers can purchase a $25 wristband for unlimited visits to each of the attractions.

"In addition, we are going to have free pony rides again this year," Daly added. "There will be face painting, balloon bending and some bouncy houses."

Wildlife Wendy will return this year as will the Legendary Longhorns, a group that plans to offer Mutton Busting three times a day. Mutton Busting is typically held once on Saturday morning.

The fair will once again host a veterans breakfast on Thursday morning under the fairgrounds' tent. It starts at 8 a.m.

"We encourage all the veterans to show up and participate and get a belly full of food," Daly said.

Keeping company with all the concerts, vendors and attractions are the numerous exhibits that showcase the talents of local residents and others. All static exhibits will be featured in Cary Foster Hall. Livestock exhibits will include 4-H and FFA rabbits, poultry, swine, sheep, goat and beef as well as open class swine, sheep, rabbit, poultry and beef. The 4-H and FFA sale will take place at the indoor arena at 2 p.m., and the annual FFA Alumni Barbecue will be held just prior to the sale.

"We look forward to having the community back and showcasing what we have to offer in our community," Daly concluded.

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