GOLD BEACH The 2000 Curry County Fair opens Thursday, but events actually start this morning (July 22), with the open class horse show at 8 a.m. in the arena. The show is free for spectators.

Exhibitor entry day is Tuesday, with livestock entry day on Wednesday. Exhibitor handbooks are available at grocery, feed, and drug stores throughout the county.

Entry registrations, numbers, forms and tags are available until entry day at Morys in Brookings, the fair office in Gold Beach, and Coos-Curry Electric in Port Orford.

Talent show applications will be accepted throughout the week at KURY Radio in Brookings and the fair office in Gold Beach.

Carnival discount coupons are available prior to opening day at Rays Food Place and Driftwood Tack and Western Wear in Brookings, the Corner Drug, McKays, Rays and the fair office in Gold Beach, and at Bucks Sentry in Port Orford.

Entry to this years fair will cost $6 for adults and $2 for children six through 12, with children under six admitted free. Season tickets are available for $15.

Seniors get in for half price on Thursday. Sunday is family day with parents and three children getting in for $12. Reserved seating for the rodeo is $4 and is available now.

Free shuttle buses will run from the Brookings Senior Center Thursday and Friday. Shuttles will also transport people to the fairgrounds from many points in Gold Beach all four days.

The gates are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. All-day carnival ride wrist bands will be available for $10. A karaoke contest will be held at 1-3 p.m. Entertainment will feature a comedic juggler, a one-man band, and a balloon-art clown.

The fair runs 10 a.m. to midnight Friday, with the same discount ride wristbands and strolling entertainment.

The Oregon Coast Lab Band will perform at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage Friday. The day will also feature a lip-synch contest. The youth talent show is at 5 p.m..

The rodeo begins at 7 p.m., preceded by mutton bustin at 6:30 p.m.

The fair also runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. The parade begins at 11 a.m. The grand marshals will be Walt and Sally Schroeder of Gold Beach.

Line dancers and a bagpipe band will perform on the outdoor stage at noon. The adult talent show begins at 1 p.m., with the Junior Livestock Auction at 3 p.m.

Rodeo night begins with mutton bustin at 6:30 p.m. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Animal Scrambles will be held during intermission. After the rodeo, dancing will be held on the green next to the outdoor stage.

Sunday features the Tuff Trucks competition at noon in the arena. The event will alternate year by year with the demolition derby. Tuff Trucks is billed as a 4x4 jump race.

Discount carnival wrist bands will also be available Sunday, and are good until the fair closes at 5 p.m.

The 4-H Club awards program will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage. Premium pay-outs are at 2 p.m.

Sunday will also feature line dancing and the usual collection of jugglers and clowns. The Sunday Celebration offers singing, dancing and story telling.

Fair manager Ron Crook promised more attractions than ever at this years fair.

He said a trampoline with bungee cords will allow bouncers to safely achieve heights of 20 feet. There will also be a rock-climbing wall.

The Marines will host a chin-up contest and give awards. Children should enjoy racing on a miniature track.