By Rob Scott
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Expo began to tear down rides and games and clean up after the six-day Jackson County Fair. The numbers are still being processed but fair officials say that early projections have attendance up about one or two percent from last year.
Jackson County Expo Manager Dave Kollermeir says that last year there was a skew in the numbers because the opening day had record day before tapering off the remaining days of the fair. This year, Kollermeier says the fair had a more evenly spread out attendance which he thinks points to an overall more successful fair.
Kollermeir says the butterfly exhibit and extreme air dog shows were fan favorites. Also reporting a good showing at the fair was 4-H. More than 200 pigs and 90 steer were auctioned off during the fair. Hog prices were about average at $5.80 cents per pound. Steer prices on the other hand, were down compared to previous years to about $3.50.
This year, the fair interviewed senior visitors about their favorite memories from past Jackson County fairs. Those interviews will be turned into a video on the fair’s web site and will be available in the coming months.