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Kadin Smith, 11, of Portland is the first in line to purchase his admission ticket from Bonnie Jordan in the ticket box.                        

Planning is already underway for the 2020 Curry County Fair, following what organizers are calling a successful 2019 four-day event that ended July 27 in Gold Beach.

Manager Nikki Sparks said this year’s gate receipts totaled $32,730, a 2.5% increase over last year.

“We were up in every category across the board,” said Sparks. “But the big winner was the carnival, which was way up, about one-third, over last year.”

   She said the pre-admission and gate receipts were expected to be encouraging as well. According to Sparks, the gate admissions were right at last year’s level of about 8,000 attendees.

“We had nothing but good comments from vendors, the food court, exhibitors and volunteers on the fair overall,” she said.

Sparks was particularly enthusiastic about the “Make & Take” activities for the children, which she said definitely would be returning next year.

She said the last-minute addition gave youngsters the chance to play games and create crafts for free, with volunteers from the Aspire program staffing the activities.

“Kids could play giant floor games like tic-tac-toe and ring toss, to name two, and do crafts such as self-portraits, rock painting, coloring, building veggie critters, pipe cleaner creations, clay sculptures, and more,” she said.

“They could leave them and go enjoy the rest of the fair, before returning at the end to take their creations home. And everyone earned a white ribbon for their efforts!”

Sparks said “Make & Take” turned out to be good connector between the fair and the children. ”It gets kids involved in free, fun activities that they can enter in next year’s fair.” 

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