JOHN DAY - The Blue Mountain Eagle and the Grant County Fairgrounds are working together to produce a guide book to this year's fair, which runs Aug. 2-7.

Packed with contest schedules, entry forms and entertainment lineups, the fair book is a necessity for fairgoers who want to see and do all they can at the annual event.

The book also includes detailed information about the fair's various departments, such as baking, sewing and prepared food, and highlights the activities of 4-H and FFA clubs, including the annual livestock auction, and the fair rodeo, which attracts cowboys from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Other pages will showcase past fairs with stories and photos and highlight what's new this year, such as the first community horticulture contest.

Also on hand this year will be magicians and a hypnotist, plus the always popular displays by local artists, and food booths brimming with tasty bites.

The year's theme is "Keeping Our Heritage Alive in 2005." For more information, call (541) 575-0710 or (541) 575-1900.

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