Josephine County Fair Wraps Up

FairGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Carnival rides and food stands are completely torn down.  The front gates are open as vehicles belonging to fair participants file in to pick up their projects and break down their exhibits.  The Josephine County 4-H fair has come to a close.

This year was the 99th year for the fair, but some speculate it will not be around to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

However, according to the Josephine County Fairgrounds manager Mary Groves, the fair will live to celebrate its century milestone.  Groves said the fair took extra precautions this year, and altered some minor details.

“We were sticking pretty close to the budget — so we won’t have the numbers for a few days because there are a lot of different places that have to collect into this, but I think we were pretty much tar

One of the noticeable ones was that the fair was only four days long this year, but food stands said they did not notice the difference.

“We did about $7,000 in sales, and with one day short we are right there where we normally are,” said the manager of the Umpqua Ice Cream stand Livey Murphy.

Fair officials agreed with Murphy.  They said the cutbacks worked out in their favor.

“I think the community was very happy,” said Groves.  “I mean there are always going to be a few that aren’t happy here or there but that is okay.  We can’t please everybody, but I think we pleased the majority of the people.”

According to Groves, the fair committee is already starting to plan for next year’s fair, but one exhibit will not be making it back.

Phoenix, world’s fastest diesel semi on a salt flat made it’s final appearance this year.   According to the family, they sold the semi to a private collector in Hastings, Minnesota.


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  1. Sue Shannon says:

    I was pretty disappointed this year. It seemed like a lot less exhibits and I always went for the entertainment in the past which just wasn’t like it used to be. It would be nice however to see the fair reach it’s 100th.

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