Christmas Shopping at Fairgrounds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds is getting ready for Christmas. While the tree might not be up yet, the first of three Christmas shows is already underway. On Saturday, more than 50 vendors packed the pavilion, giving guests a firsthand look at some Christmas items up for grabs. Most of the items … Continue reading »

Successful Season of Horse Racing

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It was a big weekend for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Not only was it Fourth of July weekend, but it was also the final weekend of the Grants Pass Downs. Saturday the track celebrated with a series of horse races paying tribute to Don Jackson, a legend and founding father of … Continue reading »

Horse Racing Begins This Weekend

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — This weekend, horse racing returns to the Josephine County Fairgrounds as Grants Pass Downs will host the first of four horse racing weekends. The mood at Grants Pass Downs is much better than it was this time last year. After losing more than $68,000 in 2012, the Southern Oregon Horse Racing … Continue reading »

Fairground Fundraiser Wraps Up

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds is continuing to raise money to keep its doors open.  Throughout the past week, the fairgrounds held a metal recycling fundraiser, and on Sunday there was the Spring Cleaning Community Auction. While the turnout for the auction was dismal, lots of people have been filling up the … Continue reading »

Rare Stones Shown Off at Gem Show

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Local gem and mineral enthusiasts are getting the chance to showcase their findings at the Rogue Gem and Geology Show. This is the last day for the annual event out at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.  It is the 29th year for the show, and officials say the turnout this year the turnout has … 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 »

“Save the Fair” Pumpkin Auction

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In an effort to save the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 4-H participants are auctioning off pumpkins. All the money raised from the auction will go directly to the fairgrounds. Fort Vannoy Farms donated more than 100 pumpkins to the cause, then Josephine County 4-H participants, cut, carved, and painted each one. The … Continue reading »

Fairgrounds Debt Paid Off Through Grant

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In a county faced with financial strains, commissioners are now dishing out over $300,000 to help the fairgrounds. The Josephine County Fairgrounds has been a place for several large events for the county like the Grants Pass Downs and musical festivities, but throughout the years, the place has incurred more debt … 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 »

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