Exhibits featuring livestock, arts and crafts, and culinary creations will be part of the Curry County Fair Thursday through Sunday. Carnival rides and demonstrations are scheduled daily.
The fair opens Thursday and continues through Sunday at the Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach.
Fair Manager Ron Crook promised “the best line up I think we have ever had!”
Crook said his fair employees and volunteers have been working hard to bring everyone “another great fair experience.”
The long time fair boss acknowledged that it “has been tough” finishing the last minute preparations, especially with the fairgrounds being occupied until a few days ago by fire personnel involved in fighting the Collier Butte Fire.
“We are proud to be able to do our part and support our firefighters,” he said. He was optimistic that his crew will be ready come opening day.
“We have been busy, busy, busy!” he said.
Thursday is “Senior Citizen Day,” sponsored by Bi-Mart, and the highlight is the Lucky 7 Bulls & Barrels event, sponsored by Lucky 7 Casino. A talent show at 4:30 p.m. will feature competitors in three age divisions: child under 7, youth 7-16, and adult.
Friday is “Kid’s Day,” sponsored by Smith River Rancheria, and kids 12 and younger get in free. Carnival arm bands for the rides are good from noon until closing. The motor sports event “Hill Billy Relay” will be front and center at 7 p.m. in the arena.
Saturday is “Parade Day,” sponsored by Curry Health Network. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the north end of Ellensburg Avenue on Highway 101 and makes its way to the Event Center on the Beach. At 4:30 p.m., the Battle of the Bands competition will feature local bands competing for cash prizes. At 6 p.m., the roar of trucks on steroids will fill the air as the main arena is invaded by participants in the Tuff Trucks Josh Amos Memorial Event.
Sunday is “Family Day,” sponsored by Curry Transfer and Recycling. Attractions for the day include the Motor Sports-Mud Drag Races in the arena at 1 p.m., the Beautiful Baby Contest at 1 p.m. at the covered stage, and the Ugly Dog Contest at 3 p.m.
At the heart of the fair will be the food court, with vendors tempting hungry fairgoers with a wide selection of corn dogs, super burritos, hamburgers, ice cream and cotton candy.
On all four days, the carnival midway will offer rides — tame one for the smaller children and thriller for teens and adults. Carnival provider Paul Mauerer Shows will present popular rides such as the Zipper, Giant Wheel, Drop Tower, Gravitron, Tornado, Sizzler, and a new carousel Merry-Go-Round.
The cost of ride armbands are $20 before Thursday, and $27 once the fair begins. The individual carnival tickets cost $1 each. A book of 24 costs $20. Most rides require three to five tickets.
Daily admission to the fair is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. On Thursday, admission is $3 for seniors. On Sunday, families (two adults, three children) are $15. A four-day pass is $20.