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It usually happens over the Memorial Day weekend each year...but this year, it may be in mid-October

DAVID F. ASHTON - Its likely that this years Fair will be confined just to the historic Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion, says FMCF Board President Larry Smith.Although the situation remains fluid for the all-volunteer Friends of Multnomah County Fair, those who organize this annual fair say they're currently planning what they're calling the "2020 Multnomah County Mini-Fair and Harvest Festival" for the first of October at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park.

"It's been postponed twice already this year, but our event is tentatively scheduled for September 30 through October 2, in the Oaks Park Historic Dance Pavilion," said FMCF Board President Larry Smith, while surveying the area in mid-August.

SECOND UPDATE:

"Due to a change in schedule at the Oaks Park Historic Dance Pavilion, the dates of the Multnomah County Mini Fair and Harvest Festival, announced in the September BEE, have been changed to October 17 and 18, Saturday and Sunday. Entries in the departments of arts and crafts, photography, foods, floral and garden, and fiber arts are due between 1 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Public viewing hours will be Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits may be picked up on Sunday between 5 and 7 p.m. These dates are subject to Oaks Park being cleared to open the Pavilion for events in October. Due to pandemic restrictions and prior reservations of the outdoor areas, this year's event will be confined to the Pavilion. All social distancing and pandemic safety measures required at the time will be in place," Smith informed THE BEE on September 3. For the latest updates, go to the Multnomah County Fair website: www.multcofair.org

"Although its Fair was abandoned [and no longer funded] by Multnomah County in the mid-1990s, the Fair continues to be an annual tradition since 1907, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, and has never been cancelled," he pointed out.

Smith said the organizers are committed to providing a modified Fair this year – dedicated to "front line" medical workers and emergency first responders who have continued to provide services right through the current pandemic.

"This will be a much different event with respect to social distancing, disinfecting, and sanitation requirements," Smith remarked. "With the majority of the usual outdoor areas at the park being unavailable, most of the activities will take place inside the Dance Pavilion – including traditional competitions in arts and crafts, foods, needlecraft, and photography exhibits, as well as the bounties of autumn gardens."

Some information remains fluid, Smith pointed out – so once again, keep up to date with their plans by visiting the official Friends of Multnomah County Fair website – www.multcofair.org


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