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You won't want to miss all of the live entertainment that will be on the various stages around the fairgrounds

Have a hankering for an old-fashioned good time? Then be sure to take the family to the Clackamas County Fair.

It's got the best vibe for old-fashion fun, plus tasty food and plenty of family entertainment. This marks the 112th year of the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo taking place Aug. 14 through 18 at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby. This year's fair promises to continue that long tradition of fun for which the fair is known.

No matter what your age, you are sure to find something that will tickle your fancy and put a big smile on your face.

Take the rodeo for instance. Professional rodeo in one of the most thrilling spectator sports you will ever experience and is as American as apple pie and baseball. The sport of rodeo rose out of the real life working practices of cattle ranching families and exemplifies the grit and determination of the American west. Standardized events are designed to test the skill and speed of the cowboy and cowgirl athletes who participate. Watch bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping.

Rodeo competitions are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 through 19. Purchase your advanced rodeo and fair tickets online at Etix.com. The site is user-friendly, allowing you to choose the day you wish to see the rodeo and where you would like to sit.

Also available online are Funtastic carnival ride wristbands. You won't want to miss all of the live entertainment that will be on the various stages around the fairgrounds.

What would a fair be without food?

There will be 35 different food vendors and you are sure to find something that will satisfy your taste buds. There will be some old favorites like Dough Boy, Snow Cones, Elephant Ears and some new foods to try.

The official opening of the fair will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the raising of the flag. Fair hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Another tradition of the fair is the crowning of the Fair Court. The Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court includes Callie Walker as Queen, with Kiernan Hull and Katie Stanfield as princesses.

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