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The Marion County Fair kicked off Friday morning and it runs through the weekend

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 year's fair will feature different animals each day.Did you know that pigs can't sweat?

That is one of 19 factual tidbits posted around the Oregon State Fairgrounds this weekend as part of the Marion County Fair.

The fair kicked off Friday morning and continues through Sunday, July 11.

The posted facts were part of an agricultural game throughout the fairgrounds. Fairgoers can pickup a 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's one of the fun features that the county fair offers this year, a returning year following last summer's pandemic hiatus.

Click here for a photo gallery from this year's Marion County Fair

The opportunity to get out and take in an event after a year of shut downs and exposure-reducing limitations proved positive for the county fair as parking lots filled early and lines mounted for ride tickets, foods and fixings.

The most popular single draw around midday appeared to be the Marion County Sheriff's Office K-9 displays, which filled the bleachers with spectators of all ages to watch the police dogs in action.

While most features and exhibits are similar to years past, the animal barns are a bit different this year. There are still plenty of local 4H and FFA exhibits and showings, but only certain animals will be at the fair each day.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Wyatt Bean of St. Paul participates in the swine show at the Marion County Fair Friday, July 9, 2021. The fair will feature different animals each day through the weekend.Friday's showings were swine and rabbits. Satruday's featured animal will be the llamas, and Sunday's featured animals will be dairy goats, dairy cattle and horses.

Incidentally, the average U.S. dairy cow produces more than 22 quarts of milk each day, about 16,000 glasses of milk per year.

On a similar note, did you know that Marion County is the No. 1 producer of agricultural products in Oregon?

If you go

What: Marion County Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 9-11

Where: Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem

Cost: Tickets are $9 at the gate; $8 when purchased online. Youth ages 6-11 and seniors 62 and older, $5. Ages 5 and younger free.


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