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A ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 10 a.m. will open the 2019 Curry County Fair, set to showcase the talents of local residents as well as feature showmanship from elsewhere.

Highlighting opening day is the “Curry Talent Round-up.” As of July 22, 14 people, mostly musicians, have signed up to perform on the Covered Stage this afternoon at 4:00.

The top winners of the adult and youth divisions will receive $500, and the child division winner will walk away with $200.

All the first-place recipients will go on the show their talents during the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

July 25 will feature “Mutton Bustin’,” with children showing their bravery by riding a sheep and holding on for as long as possible. Later, during the “Bulls and Barrels” competition, adults will do the same: hang on for dear life, on a bull.

“Mutton Bustin’” begins at 6:30 p.m., a “Grand Entry” begins at 7:30, and the Lucky 7 “Bulls and Barrels” event is at 8 in the Covered Arena.

Highlighting the July 26 events will be “Head to Head Tuff Trucks” in the Covered Arena, beginning at 7 p.m. The event features trucks racing through an obstacle course in an effort to finish first. Double elimination determines the top three winners.

“Tuff Trucks” competitions continue July 27. Each contestant claims the entire track for enough time to “show their stuff.” The Josh Amos Memorial Event begins at 7 p.m.

Also on the 27th, a parade will begin at 11 a.m. featuring floats and entertainers, proceeding from the Gold Beach Post Office down Ellensburg Avenue to the Event Center on the Beach.

Every day will feature the Xpogo Stunt Team performing acrobatics on pogo sticks, Karen Quest performing rope tricks and the Over the Top Stilt Characters, Paul “Dizzy Hips” Blair will show his Hula Hoop talents, Duane Nelson will recite his humorous cowboy poetry, a Hathaway Jones tall-tale event is planned, and finally, July 27 only, will be a performance by the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipers.

Each day, children will have the opportunity to create crafts they can take home, and to play games. Everyone is welcome to learn about honeybees, too.

A fair wouldn’t be a fair without a carnival provided by Paul Maurer Shows, and thousands of exhibits on display in Docia Sweet Hall, the Floral Building and Livestock Pavilion.

The Curry County Fair is at the Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave., in Gold Beach.

For more information, call 541-247-4541, email curryfair@gmail.com, or visit www.curryfair.com.

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