Randy Robbins, Pilot staff writer

The Curry County Fair is in full swing, with plenty of events, activities, displays and food available today and Sunday in Gold Beach.

The fair opens at 10 a.m. today and closes at 10 p.m. On Sunday, the fair opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, children 6-12 are $2, and children younger than 6 enter free.

On Friday, 15-year-old Gold Beach resident Nate Williams contemplated his decision to ride the Zipper carnival ride - just after eating a gigantic corn dog.

"Something tells me I shouldn't have eaten that," he said, and then climbed aboard the ride with his friend Acadia Golay.

Throughout the day in Gold Beach Friday, fairgoers enjoyed a variety of shows, demonstrations, displays and contests.

The BMX Freestyle Team stunt bikers dazzled the audience with their gravity-defying acts. Nearby, Joel"The Birdman" Krathwohl and his spunky green Amazon parrot named Tiki Bonita delighted the crowd with animal tricks.

The Street Drum Corps had everyone stomping and clapping their hands to the hip-hop drum show during which members played percussion on plastic pots, metal garbage cans, empty fire extinguishers and more.

Inside the 4-H grounds, 15-year-old Alex Thorp used a soft-bristled brush to prepare her hog "Wilbur" for display. At the Art Pavilion, artist Paul Kingsbury put the final touches on an ocean acrylic painting while miniature trains rumbled along tracks on a large display set up by the Stout Mountain Railway Club.

Weekend schedule

Saturday, July 27is "Town and Country Animal Clinic Day." It is also "Parade Day" with the traditional Curry County Fair Parade heading southbound on Ellensburg Avenue toward the fairgrounds. At 12:30 p.m. on the covered stage is the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band.

Like watermelon? The Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest is back by popular demand on the grounds. At 3 p.m. the Talent Show showcases area talent and is broken up in three age categories: adults 17 and older; youth 7 to 16; youth younger than 7. This crowd pleaser takes place on the covered stage. 4 p.m. finds hungry barbecue sauce covered faces during the "3rd Annual Smoke Daddy" All You Can Eat Rib Eating Contest." The evening concludes with the popular "Tuff Trucks" The Josh Amos Memorial Event andTuff Puff at 6 p.m. in the arena.

Sunday, July 28is "Curry Transfer and Recycling Day'"and also "Family Day" with the bill topper featuring the Motor Sports and Mud Races in the arena at 1 p.m. Over at the covered arena, the Beautiful Baby Contest takes place at the same time. Need more babies? The Diaper Derby pits the fastest crawlers against each other at 3 p.m. on the stage greens area. Have a "beautiful challenged" canine at home? Feel somewhat better about your dog's looks by cringing at the furry participants of the Ugly Dog Contest at 4 p.m. on the 101 Carnival Stage!

Other highlights include:

andbull;An observation hive of honeybees will be on display the entire time that the display buildings are open, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except on Sunday, when the fair closes at 5 p.m.

andbull;The Exhibit Departments will feature creative art, photography, hobby craft, fabric arts, culinary, floral and land products.

andbull;A junior livestock auction is scheduled for today.

For more information visit www.curryfair.com or call541-247-4541.