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With the 2019 theme “You Don’t See That Every Day!” the Curry County Fair opens a four-day run beginning July 24 in Gold Beach.

Fair Manager Nikki Sparks said the event is a community connector.

“Fairs have traditionally been a place for members of the community to get together and present their accomplishments for the year,” she said, “whether it be growing the biggest zucchini, baking the best bread, taking a spectacular photograph, raising the finest sheep, or creating the finest art.”

The 2019 Curry County Fair will offer a variety of events, including a parade, displays, exhibits, carnival rides, food vendors, music and more.

Several designated days are sponsored by local businesses and agencies: Bi-Mart Day “Senior City Day” on July 24, Curry Transfer and Recycling Day “Family Day” on July 25, Tolowa DeeNi’ Nation Day “Kids Day” on July 26, and Curry Health Network Day “Parade Day” on July 27.

“We always look for local vendors, artisans and entertainment to share their skills with the community and to offer exposure to a larger audience,” Curry County Fair Board Chair Bob Chianti said.

“The 4H, livestock and rodeo, then add the motorsports, is what I hear about the most.

“There is also an interest to bring back some of our heritage industries’ exhibits and demonstrations. For example, logging history and practices have been mentioned.”

Sparks said the 2019 Curry County Fair operating budget is approximately $133,000. “The fair receives no funding from the county,” she said.

According to Sparks, the fair’s operating funds are generated through a grant from the Oregon Fairs Association, as well as Oregon Lottery funding, community sponsorships, fair admissions, commercial and food concessions, “Fair Guide” ads, and seating and parking fees.

Funding also is received from Curry Fair Friends, a nonprofit that conducts fundraisers throughout the year.

Chianti said the Curry County Fair’s future looks promising.   

“It would be great to expand the ‘fair experience.’ Local support and input would help that along,” he said.

“As for the grounds, the current fair board is working on its master plan to discuss the process of improvement and redevelopment of the event center facilities in line with our recently adopted strategic plan.

“That plan is available to view on our “Event Center on the Beach” website.

It’s important to mention that the City of Gold Beach has stepped up to the plate to help the with projects at the event center, which benefits the economic impact for the entire county,” said Chianti

For admission prices and other information, see the “Curry Fair Guide” at various locations in the area, including at The Pilot office, or call 541-247-4541 or email curryfair@gmail.com.

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