The Clatsop County Fair starts today, so get ready to enjoy live entertainment, win prizes and eat salty, fried foods and sticky, sweet treats.
“We are offering all different types of things that will have an interest to everyone,” said fair Manager Kathi Mattinen.
The fair has been operating for more than 100 years.
“It’s a big community thing,” said fair board Chairman Jack Edwards.
The fair is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday, with the carnival starting at 2 p.m. today and noon the rest of the week.
Entertainment highlights include country band Montgomery Gentry and country-rock group Showdown.
A comedy show by Mark and Dre and a magic show by Elias Caress is scheduled daily.
After missing last year, the BMX Freestyle Team is back for daily shows.
There will also be local performances, including one by the Maddox Dance Team, which takes the stage 1 p.m. Friday.
A new attraction is the Junk Queen’s tent sale, where vendors sell vintage home decor, crafts, antiques and more.
Also debuting this year is the barn lounge, which has two tasting bars with live music from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. This new storage building will house a saloon and beer garden starting at noon daily.
A talent show for all ages is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Animals abound as 4-H youth show their animals during the fair. About 40 horses are participating this year, which is a large increase from the last couple of years, Edwards said.
Daily admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 12 and younger, and $18 for adults and $8 for youth for five-day passes.
There are $2 daily parking fees or five-day passes for $8. Carnival wristbands are available at the gate for $30.
The fair is seeking volunteers to direct parking and manage the parking gate. Contact the fair office at 503-325-4600.
For their help, volunteers have the choice of admission wristbands for the fair for the week or tickets to see Montgomery Gentry 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mattinen said she is grateful for the help they have already received. “We could not make this come together without the help from volunteers,” she said.
More information can be found at clatsopcofairexpo.com. The fairgrounds are located at 92937 Walluski Loop.