The new fiscal year for the Grant County Fairgrounds started July 1 and I must say, the last year went by so quickly that I really had to stop and think about all the different things that have come about for us.

We had some great motorcycle rallies, RV rallies, the Truck and Tractor Pull, a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner and auction, the quilt show, and many more events that brought visitors to the county and entertained local residents.

Coming up, we’ll have the Demolition Derby on July 21 and Solwest July 27-29, as well as a new event: “The Gotta Have It Flea Market” July 20-21. The flea market is open to anyone to bring their treasures and buy, sell or trade items.

In today’s economy, it could be a great fit to fill the fairgrounds for two days with items such as cars, boats, RVs, all the crafts you have made over the years, and yard sale type items. You can get applications for this on our website, grantcountyfairgrounds.com, under “events July” or email me weaverm@grantcounty-or.gov or call 541-575-1900 and we can fill one out over the phone.

Let’s make this a great event; maybe we can grow it to be like Sumpter Valley Days.

The Fair Board and staff have been working really hard to come up with creative ways to make the Grant County Fair an old-time county fair this year. We have been working with various nonprofits to come up with carnival-style games so that we can have fun events for all and the funds raised in these booths will stay in Grant County.

Entertainment scheduled for this year’s fair includes: Jeanne Coady – A Tribute to Patsy Cline; the BMX Freestyle Team, with lots of high jumping thrills; the Cutest Show On Earth; Phinless, formerly known as Timeline; and Frank Carlson.

For those with competitive spirits, the fair will offer a home-brew contest, a scarecrow contest, the Little Miss Grant County contest, watermelon spitting and more. We’ll have some local residents demonstrating local skills and Exhibit in a Box, a hands on exhibit for the youth to learn about such things as bones and muscles. (There is even one called Guts in a Box that seems to be a highlight for youth.)

The Fair needs volunteers for tasks large and small – overseeing exhibits, selling and taking tickets for the booths and bounce house, and staffing the information booth and entry gates. Lots of shifts are open and need your help. Call or email me to find out where you can spend a few great hours helping the Fair.

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