Last Day at the Josephine County Fair

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Sunday is the final day to head out the Josephine County Fair.  With this being the one-hundredth year, fair officials said they are seeing more people come out to celebrate. “It was a little sparse last year for the fair… we had about 72,000 people I believe it was… and this … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Josephine County Fair

Southern Oregon residents, especially those in Josephine County are kicking up their heels this weekend in celebration of the 100th Josephine County Fair. A centennial for anything is a pretty big deal, and this year’s fair is no exception. In the video above, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at how the fair grew … Continue reading »

Fairgrounds Calling All Homebrewers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Fair is accepting admissions for the homebrew judging competition. The fairgrounds were mostly silent Saturday in preparation for the 100th anniversary fair in a few weeks, with the exception of a small keg to welcome amateur brewers. The competition has been a part of the fair for four … Continue reading »

Josephine County Fairgrounds Remain Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds have faced a steep climb this past year, but managers said it has enough finances to make a comeback. Now county commissioners are giving it the go-ahead to remain open, for now. The board voted unanimously Monday afternoon to continue operations at the fairgrounds through June 30th, … Continue reading »

Donation for Josephine Co. Fairgrounds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The struggling Josephine County Fairgrounds is getting a big boost from the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association. On Friday, a $20,000 check was handed over to the fairgrounds to help with the current fundraising campaign. It was just a year ago that the Grants Pass Downs was struggling, but this year … Continue reading »

Plan Reviewed for Josephine County Fair

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A marketing plan to pull the Josephine County Fairgrounds out of the red and put it on a sound financial footing is getting a review by county commissioners. Fair Manager Mary Grove and Volunteer Planner Linda Bradley appeared before commissioners on Thursday to lay out plans for hiring a professional marketing … Continue reading »

Josephine County Pays off Deficit

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds is getting a big financial boost from the county. Commissioners are giving $315,000 from their general fund. The decision was made Wednesday night after several years of declining fair revenue. According to the commissioners, the fairgrounds will use the money to pay off the deficit. The county … Continue reading »

Josephine County Prepares for Fair

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — As the smoke has cleared, organizers at the Josephine County Fair hope it’s a good sign for this week’s event. Workers spent Monday setting up rides, booths, and activities at the fairgrounds. They say it’s been chaotic, but that everything has gone according to plan. This year some of the big … Continue reading »

Fair Concerns In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fair is just five months away and this could be its last year if there’s not a big turnaround in gate receipts. The apparent assessment of the fair by the Josephine County Commissioners came while they were talking about budget issues in a workshop session on Tuesday morning. … Continue reading »

Josephine County Fair Wraps Up

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Saturday marked the final day of this year’s Josephine County Fair. And officials said they are very pleased with the turnout. After more than 20,000 visitors passed through the gates on Wednesday alone, Josephine County Fairgrounds Manager Wes Brown said that entering Saturday, the event’s attendance had already surpassed last year’s … Continue reading »

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