Fair honors military, first responders
"Honoring Those Who Serve" is the theme of the 113th Multnomah County Fair, coming to historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park on Memorial Day weekend.
It'll honor military, first responders and community volunteers during the fair, May 25-27.
New at the fair this year — on opening day, Saturday, May 25 — will be an event called "The Dog Days of Spring," featuring a dog parade, costume judging and dog agility and canine training demonstrations.
Also new this year is "Bugs Galore and More," where guests can walk through a jungle atmosphere and view all sorts of creepy crawlies, including bugs and reptiles, according to Larry Smith, Multnomah County fair chair.
The Oaks Dance Pavilion will feature the traditional fair competitions for ribbons and cash awards.
There'll be small animal exhibits, midway rides, a petting zoo, a talent contest, local handmade crafts for sale and more.
The main Historic Dance Pavilion will offer competitions in art, crafts, floral and garden foods, needlecraft and photography.
Saturday is also 4-H Day at the fair, in which local kids compete for prizes. Sunday features a talent show where kids of all ages will vie for trophies and cash awards.
The Vendor Midway includes shopping and food.
Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Memorial Day. Gate admission to the fair and parking are free.
For more: multcofair.org.
Meanwhile, other fairs continue preparations for this summer:
• Columbia County Fair & Rodeo, St. Helens, July 17-21, columbiacountyfairgrounds.com
• Hood River County Fair, July 24-27, Hood River, hoodriverfair.org
• Washington County Fair, July 25-28, Hillsboro, bigfairfun.com
• Clark County Fair, Aug. 2-11, Ridgefield, Washington, clarkcofair.com
• Clackamas County Fair, Canby, Aug. 13-17, clackamas.us/fair
• Oregon State Fair, Salem, Aug. 23-Sept. 2, oregonstatefair.org