You don’t need Western wear to have fun at the Grant County Fair, but “Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats” is this year’s theme Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 15-18.
The headliner this year is Lonestar, which performs at the outdoor arena on Friday with gates opening at 6 p.m. With 10 albums and numerous hit songs, Lonestar’s music is influenced by Alabama, The Eagles and Restless Heart.
Opening for Lonestar at 7 p.m. will be Nate Botsford, a Portland-based artist with a hybrid style and numerous music awards. Tickets for Lonestar and Botsford are available online at eventbright.com. General seating is $30, and admission for children 12 and under is $15.
The Grant County Freestyle Bullfighting event will take place on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. in the outdoor arena. Country music singer Britnee Kellogg will perform on the main stage at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. She has been singing since she was 3 and appeared twice on American Idol. Admission to both events is covered with general admission to the fair.
The Funtime Carnival opens at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and noon on Saturday. The cost is $1 per ride on Wednesday and $18 per day for unlimited rides Thursday through Saturday.
The Coventry & Kaluza Circus and Comedy team will perform each day in a strolling act or on the main stage. Hypnotist Dan Hawk will perform each day on the main stage.
Team branding and dog trials will take place at the outdoor arena on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers will perform each day on the stage behind the pavilion.
Friday kicks off with the Ranchers Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. on the east side of the pavilion, with ham, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fruit, juice and coffee for $7.
The Kids Parade at 1 p.m. will run from Southwest Second Avenue down South Canyon Boulevard onto Southwest Dayton Street, then left on Main Street to Umpqua Bank. Children can register the day of the parade.
The Grant County Fair Parade will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. Decorated floats and vehicles will stage at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School from 8-9 a.m. The parade will run down South Canyon Boulevard and Southeast Dayton Street and then left on Main Street all the way to the big parking area next to Timbers Bistro.
Grand marshals this year are Mike and Joanne Keerins, residents on a century farm in Izee. Descended from a distinguished ranching family, Mike spent two years in the Army before returning home to ranch with his parents. Joanne worked as a substitute teacher and volleyball referee when she wasn’t raising a family, serving on many community boards, from PTA and 4-H to soil and water conservation and watershed advisory councils.
The Grant County Best Pie Contest will take place at the east end of the Pavilion on Saturday at noon. The 4-H/FFA Grant County Fair awards and recognition ceremony will take place in the heritage barn at 2 p.m., and the 4-H/FFA livestock auction will take place in the sale barn at 5 p.m.
Admission is free Wednesday and then $5 per day or $12 weekly. Senior tickets are $2 per day and children 5 and under can enter for free. Parking is $3 per day or $10 weekly.
Tickets can be purchased at Len’s Drug, Radio Shack, Bar WB, Boyer’s Store, Duke Warner Realty, Jonna Joe’s Hair Care and at the fairgrounds.