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 »

Josephine Fairgrounds Host Music Fest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Fairgrounds hosted its second annual Music Fest Sunday. The Music Fest started at 11:00 Sunday morning and continued until 7:00 at night. Organizers say eight different bands showed up to play, and they’re hoping for a final count of around a thousand attendees in total. This is the … Continue reading »

New Ownership at Grants Pass Downs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Grants Pass Downs is off and running, continuing a Josephine County tradition that dates as far back as the 1920′s, but two lackluster seasons left Southern Oregon race fans wondering whether the show would go on. The downhill trend started in 2011 when the county ran the race tracks, but … Continue reading »

Out & About: Cops & Rodders

MEDFORD, Ore. — This month’s third Friday event in downtown Medford is tuning up for a celebration of music, dance and shopping. The Diamonds and Denim Band will be in Vogel Plaza from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. sending up the sounds of blues, classic rock, country and more. You can also get into the swing … Continue reading »

New Farmer’s Market in Josephine Co.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It’s the first event of its kind for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Officials hope the new weekly farmer’s market will bring in new money. 35 vendors set up inside a fairgrounds building for the first Farmers and Crafters Market on Thursday. It’s one of many new events that can be seen … Continue reading »

Circus Proceeds will Benefit Local Club

SOUTHERN OREGON — The Jordan World Circus is in town at different locations throughout Southern Oregon this weekend and early next week. It’s spending its second and final day at the Josephine County Fairgrounds before moving to the Jackson County Expo this weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the … Continue reading »

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