Fair opens Aug. 16 with something special planned each day

The 110th-annual Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo opens Aug. 16 and continues through the 21.

There is “Something Spectacular for Everyone” at this year’s fair, to be held at the Clackamas County Event Center, 694 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Canby.

Each day has a special focus:

n Opening day, Tuesday is Children’s Day. Children 12 and younger are admitted free when they participate in the Kiwanis Kiddie Capers Parade. Kids must show parade ticket to get free admission.

n Wednesday is Senior Citizen’s Day. Seniors are admitted for $2, and children 12 and younger are admitted for $2 when accompanied by a grandparent 65 or older. The Golden Wedding Game and Ice Cream Social take place today. The Golden Wedding Game is open to all couples married for 50 years or more. It is similar to the TV show, “The Newlywed Game.” Those wishing to participate should fill out an application and return it the fair office by Aug. 16.

n Thursday is Clackamas County Day, and from 10-11:30 a.m. county commissioners will hold their weekly business meeting on the main lawn stage.

n Friday is First Responder’s Day. Police, fire, paramedics, veterans and armed services members in uniform or with service identification get free admission to the fair.

n Saturday is OVS Salute to Agriculture Day. The Junior Livestock Auction takes place at 10 a.m. in the Beef Show Ring, and the 2017 Miss Rodeo Oregon VIP Press Party takes place, after the official crowning during the rodeo.

n Sunday is Family Day. Children 12 and younger are admitted free all day with one paid adult. The Stockman’s Cowboy Breakfast takes place from 7-11 a.m. in the barbecue grove and the Coastal Farm & Ranch Challenge of Champions takes place from 2-4 p.m.

The Barbecue Dinners in the Grove are served daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The menu features: barbecue chicken, corn on the cob and rolls on Wednesday, served by the Three Rivers VFW; pork rib dinner, beans, coleslaw, roll, carrot cake and beverage on Thursday, served by Clarkes Grange No. 261; barbecued half-chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and dessert, served by the Lake Oswego VFW Post 12140; and more barbecued chicken with the fixings will be served Saturday by the Oregon City Elks Ladies Auxiliary No. 1189. Sunday the Cowboy Breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice will be served from 7-11 a.m. by the Clackamas County Stockman’s Association.

Fair admission is $9 daily for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12 and children younger than 6 are admitted free of charge. Seniors age 65-74 are admitted for $5 and anyone 75 and older is admitted free of charge. Parking is $10 per day.

There are five days of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo action, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-20. Admission is: $11 for reserved grandstand seating, $13 for bull pen seating for those 21 and older, $8 for general admission and $2 for 4-H and FFA members with bracelets.

The fair also includes exhibits of sewing, home crafts, floral arrangements, cooking and canning, art, photography and other crafts. There also will be livestock, produce and other exhibits.

The fair includes six days of carnival rides, food and midway entertainment. Carnival tickets are 50 cents each; children’s rides take eight tickets and the major rides take nine. Ride wristbands are available every day of the fair for a cost of $30 online or $40 at the fair.

Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for rent inside the Main Pavilion during the fair, on a first come, first served basis.

For complete list of what to see and do at the fair, visit

— The Review, Tidings

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