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Jackson County Fair saw 'enormous' response in 2021

Organizers of the Jackson County Fair said that it saw major attendance, record sales, and amazing participation at the first event since 2018.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 5:45 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — After going through the receipts, organizers of the 2021 Jackson County Fair say that it saw major attendance, record sales, and outstanding participation.

“What an ENORMOUS response from Southern Oregonians this year at the annual county fair,” said Expo director Helen Funk.

According to Funk, the fair saw almost 70,000 visitors enter through the gates over the five days it was open, topping previous years. Vendors saw record sales almost every day, and the carnival had its best fair in the history of Paul Maurer Shows.

4H and FFA students showed more than 100 steers and 165 pigs, earning record auction sales of more than $2.4 million. The Open Goat show brought in a record 285 goats entered for the Sunday competition.

"Commercial artisan vendors were down in number due to the pandemic slowing shipments of merchandise as well as several vendors having left the vendor business," Funk continued. "That said, 2021 commercial vendors raved over the fair attendance and their record sales this year."

Food and beverage sales in particular were through the roof. Food vendors saw a 75 percent jump in sales revenue over 2019, an beverage sales jumped 61 percent.

"Some of the reasons food and beverage sales rallied so well could be because we have missed our traditional fair food AND fair goers liked being able to go to the fair concerts for FREE each night," Funk said.

Funk said that keeping admission prices at $12, the same rate as the previous five years, while adding free concerts was feasible because of the fair sponsors — Sherm’s Food 4 Less and Thunderbird; the West Family Foundation, Butler Automotive, Ray’s Food Place, Guild Mortgage Medford, Wolf Performance, and Hunter Communications.

"We are beyond blessed to have so many organizations who put their name with ours to bring this annual event to our valley," Funk concluded. "Looking forward to July 13-17, 2022; and the new adventures between now and then!"

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