GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County Fairgrounds director Tamra Martin says that six years ago, the future of the fair was unknown. The fairgrounds were losing profit. Martin says it took a lot of work and multiple changes to turn the future of the fairgrounds around.
“It has been through some dedication and hard work from a group of people that just really wanted to save the fairgrounds and a community that didn’t want it to go away,” says Martin.
Through hosting more events and talking with the community about what they would like to see, the Josephine County Fairgrounds have been making a comeback. Martin says that this year’s fair will be another step in the right direction.
Fair-goers can expect new food vendors, two nights of concerts, a live battle of the bands, a rodeo, and a truck and tractor pull. With country crossings being canceled this year, Josephine County Fairgrounds saw an opportunity to host more concerts.
“It’s a about getting the opportunity to go listen to great music and be with your family and just have a really great time and they’re missing out on that this year so were excited to be able to provide that for them,” says Martin.
This year’s fair will start on August 14th and go through August 17th.
The Jackson County Fair just wrapped after run that was successful by all accounts. While the final numbers are still being tallied, organizers say they saw a higher turnout than last year. One vendor told NewsWatch 12 that they tripled their sales this year over 2018.