This year even with free admission, the Home, Garden and Outdoor Expo had lower attendance than in past years. The people who came, though, were there for a purpose. Most of our returning vendors said they did better than the year before and the "Purge the Spurge" was a huge success.
I was asked several times that weekend if I knew that the Oyster Feed, the golf tournament and baseball games were that same weekend. Last year, the Home Show was on the same weekend, we charged admission, and had more people. So, go figure!
The Fairgrounds Beautification Day was last Saturday. It was part of the Oregon 150 "Take Care of Oregon" days.
The projects we worked on were painting the outside of the Pavilion, weeding our flower beds and planting flowers. We accomplished most of it.
The Pavilion is now "cowboy tan" and will soon have the doors and oil tanks accented in a deep brown color. I think it already looks better and once we get completely finished it will be stunning!
Two weekends ago, volunteers from the Nazarene Church started our cleanup projects. They picked up litter, the rocks that seem to "grow" in our lawns and cleaned up the litter and wood debris near the Bob Miles Trail. We greatly appreciate their help.
The next big event at the Fairgrounds is the Les Schwab and Chester's Truck and Tractor Pull, coming up on Saturday, June 13. Butch Phelps from the Dale Store has a lot planned to make it a night of "Rip Roaring & Ground Pounding" excitement.
He expects there will be several stock tractors and pickups this year, plus a $50 purse for the stock divisions. So if you have a tractor or pickup you've been thinking about entering, there is now an even better reason too.
The hotels are already filling up. Presale tickets can be purchased at the Fairgrounds office, Chester's and Les Schwab. Tickets for adults are $12 presale, $15 at the gate, youth (6-12) are $8 presale and $10 at the gate and children five and under are free.
Stephanie Walters is the manager of the Grant County Fairgrounds.