GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Vendors and staff are hard at work on the final preparations for this week’s Josephine County Fair. The lights are blinking on the rides are being checked and everything is being hammered into place, as workers and vendors put on the last minute touches to be ready for this week’s Josephine County Fair.
The employees as Susie’s Shop on the corner just packed up at the Yreka Fair on Sunday, and then had a quick turnaround for the Josephine County Fair, with car trouble thrown in for good measure.
“It’s like you break down, and then you break down, and then you’ve got to set up again, it’s definitely a long process, and it wears you out, this will be 14 days straight for us,” says vendor Alysha Phipps. “Especially today, we planned on being here at noon, didn’t get here until 3, so it gives us a little bit of a setback, but it’s just, work until you get it done, get the lights on and work all night if we have to.”
It’s a big deal for everyone involved. The fair has brought in attractions like Motor Metal Madness and Wings of the World Exotic Birds. The fairgrounds director, Wes Brown, says the county fair is their biggest event each year.
“About a quarter of our budget, of our annual operating budget,” explains Brown, “and this year, we’ve made some changes, set some new goals; I think we’re going to make those goals, I certainly hope so.”
So they hope a little extra preparation will pay off when the gates open Tuesday morning. Tuesday and Wednesday, admission to the Josephine County Fair will be free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and once you’re inside the gates, you can stay in until closing.