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Marion County's 2021 fair served some educational tidbits for fair goers, who welcomed the outing after a year's hiatus.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Addi Arnzen, 14, of the Gervais FFA prepares for the swine show in the animal bard at the Marion County Fair Friday, July 9, 2021. This years fair will feature different animals each day. Did you know that pigs cannot sweat? They have no sweat glands, so they roll around in the mud to cool off.

That was one of 19 factual tidbits posted around the Oregon State Fairgrounds last weekend. Taken together they composed the STEAM game as part of the Marion County Fair.

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture, Mathematics. The facts were posted on display boards throughout the fairgrounds. Fairgoers had the option to pick up a STEAM game slip at the fair information booth, write down five facts learned through their visit and then return the slip to enter a drawing.

It was one of the fun features that the county fair offered this year, a returning year following last summer's pandemic hiatus.

The opportunity to get out and take in an event after a year of shutdowns and exposure-reducing limitations proved positive for the county fair as parking lots filled early and lines mounted for ride tickets, foods and fixings.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Local FFA members show rabbits at the Marion County Fair. This years Marion County Fair will feature different farm animals each day.

The most popular single draw around midday Friday, July 9, appeared to be the Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 officers — Elon, Loki, and Jack — which filled the bleachers with spectators of all ages as a handful of deputies took turns bringing out the police dogs in their charge.

While most features and exhibits were similar to what they have been in years past, the animal barns were configured a bit different this year. While there were plenty of regional 4-H and FFA clubs to exhibit and show, only certain animals were at the fair each day; swine and rabbits on Friday, llamas on Saturday and dairy goats, dairy cattle and horses on Sunday, July 11.

Among the lot was Addi Arnzen, 14, who will be a sophomore at Gervais High next year. While grooming her pig before the market swine show, Arnzen said she welcomed seeing the fair's return.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The rides were a popular draw at the 2021 Marion County Fair.

"I've been showing since I was 9. This is one of my most favorite times of the year," Arnzen said.

Friday's showings were swine and rabbits. Saturday's featured animal was the llama, and Sunday's featured animals were dairy goats, dairy cattle and horses.

The average U.S. dairy cow produces 22.5 quarts of milk each day. That's about 16,000 glasses of milk per year -- enough for about 40 people.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The rides were a popular draw at the 2021 Marion County Fair.

On a similar note, Marion County is the No. 1 producer of agricultural products in Oregon, according to the Marion County Farm Bureau. The bureau co-hosted the STEAM game with Country Financial.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Fishing for stuffed animals at the 2021 Marion County Fair.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCY - Meeting the goats in the animal barn at the 2021 Marion County Fair.


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