Commissioners comment on annual celebration of 'heritage, agriculture and family-friendly atmosphere.'

What do you get when you combine food, entertainment, carnival rides, livestock and a rodeo? The Clackamas County Fair, of course.PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Hidden Oaks Lama Ranch is home to many animals in Clackamas County.

The Clackamas County Fair runs Aug. 16-20 in Canby. Who better to talk about the fair than our own elected officials, the Clackamas County commissioners? We asked all five commissioners three questions about the fair. Here's what they had to say:

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Rides are a highlight of the annual Clackamas County Fair in Canby.

Do you plan on attending the fair this year?

Chair Tootie Smith: Yes. Not only does the BCC (Board of County Commissioners) have opening ceremonies, but we walk in the parade. I will also be with friends and visiting several booths.

Commissioner Sonya Fischer: Absolutely! Gathering for community events is appreciated now more than ever as we emerge from the pandemic.

Commissioner Paul Savas: Yes, I'm excited to attend the fair again this year and to celebrate Clackamas County's heritage, agriculture and family-friendly atmosphere. I'll be participating in the Canby Kiwanis Kiddie Parade and the opening day ceremonies on Tuesday, Aug. 16, alongside the other county commissioners.

Commissioner Martha Schrader: Unfortunately, due to personal commitments I may not be able to attend the fair, but I will be there in spirit and wish good thoughts to all the 4H kids.

Commissioner Mark Shull: Yes, we do. Oksana and I are looking forward to walking in the Clackamas County Fair/Kiddie Parade on the morning of Aug. 16. We walked in the parade last year and it was a delightful time. Oksana can really hand out the candy! After the parade we will be at the fair opening ceremony with the other county commissioners.

What it your favorite part of the fair — as far as exhibits or entertainment goes?

Chair Smith: People watching and quilt exhibits. The county fair attracts folks from all sectors and I'm impressed by the cross section of people who come out.

Commissioner Fischer: It's a real toss-up between the kids and the llamas! It's such a joy to see the children who come to enjoy the fair activities and those that work all year long to prepare for presenting their projects. And no fair is complete without seeing the fluffy llamas with their beautiful eyes!

Commissioner Savas: My favorite part of the fair is seeing all the livestock, especially the displays by the 4-H participants.

Commissioner Schrader: The livestock barn and the kids and families presenting their animals.PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Llamas spend time in one of the barns at Hidden Oaks.

Commissioner Shull: My favorite part of the fair is talking with the 4H members about their animals. The 4H young people always impress me with their polished and enthusiastic descriptions of their projects. What exemplary young people they are. I also enjoy all the animals that are on display and learning how they are an important part of the rural economy and lifestyle. Oksana and I watched the rodeo last year and it was very well done with lots of cowboy and cowgirl talent. We will be at the rodeo this year too.

What is your fondest memory of the fair?

Chair Smith: As a child, my parents would take my sister and I to the county fair every year. Since we lived on a farm with animals, I was enamored with activities that were different from my normal life: like the carnival, food booths and product booths.

Commissioner Fischer: I absolutely love volunteering for the cookie booth with Grange members. Sitting and discussing the issues of the day over the best cookies ever is a joy that I deeply cherish.

Commissioner Savas: My fondest memory of the fair was when we had an ice cream social — volunteers handed out ice cream to senior citizens. It was an afternoon social and a great chance to meet people. Unfortunately, that program has changed in the past few years.PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - There was plenty of participation from area 4-H groups at last year's Clackamas County Fair.

Commissioner Schrader: This was long ago, but judging the pretty baby contest.

Commissioner Shull: The fondest memory of the fair happens every year, and that is seeing all the old faces I have not seen for years. You will always run into someone you have not seen for years and years. The fair is today what it was a hundred years ago. It is a place for people from across the county to come together for some real fun and have the opportunity to run into old friends and neighbors. The Clackamas County Fair is truly a piece of old social Americana that is relived every year.

County fair

When: Aug. 16-20

Where: 694 N.E. Fourth Ave., Canby

Call: 503-266-1136


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Saturday, Aug. 6: "Raya The Last Dragon" at Concord School, 3811 S.E. Concord Road, Milwaukie.

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National Night Out

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Lake Oswego concerts

Kalimba, an Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band, will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Westlake park Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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