Jackson County Fair 2010

For the past 150 years, the Jackson County Fair has lured thousands of families out of air-conditioned homes, often in sweltering heat, for an afternoon of thrilling rides, delicious, albeit fatty, treats such as funnel cakes and curly fries, animal exhibitions and popular headlining acts.

The 2010 Jackson County Fair runs July 20-25, at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Returning entertainment acts include JD Platt and His K9 Kings Flying Dog Show, magician Adam the Great and clown Toby Patella, hypnotist Steve Bayner, clown Toby Lawrence, premier stunt bicyclist Dave Nourie and musical medley Washboard Willy.

Wildlife expert Steve Higgs' show "A Walk on the Wild Side" will feature a variety of venomous snakes and reptiles along with exotic cats, birds and even a lion cub. The wildlife exhibition will be open daily near the Compton Arena.

New this year, the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, a team of eight pigs, will race to be the first at the feed trough. The pigs, bred for speed, will race at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. daily inside the Compton arena. For a schedule of events and more information about the acts, visit www.jcfairgrounds.com/Page.asp?NavID=383.

Kids can look for SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Scooby Doo, Ben 10 and Barney (Saturday only) at Kids Zone, an interactive, hands-on area just for youngsters. Kids Zone, located in the Robert and Phyllis Mace Center, will feature a Wii console, photo opportunities, showings of award-winning programs such as "Planet Earth" and "Life," board games, puzzles and free wellness checks provided by Providence doctors and nurses.

This year's Dinner Stage lineup will spotlight some local talent, including local country singer and songwriter Jason Johnston and guitarist Michael Boren; award-winning blues artist Karen Lovely, who recently won second place in the 2010 International Blues Challenge; and rock, funk and blues band the Rogue Suspects. Dinner Stage shows are free.

Classic rock acts the Beach Boys and Loverboy, country musicians Wynonna Judd and Little Big Town and pop band Boys Like Girls will headline shows at the Lithia Motor Amphitheater.

"It's an interesting lineup with a cross-section of artists from an age standpoint, from country and Wynonna to what was rock in the '70s — the Beach Boys — to rock 'n' roll by today's standards," says Dave Koellermeier, fair director.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Lawn seating is free with the price of fair admission, which is $9. Reserved tickets are $10 plus fair admission. The fairgrounds ticket box office is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "It's a great family value and, in light of all that has gone on in the economy, we owe it to ourselves to come and enjoy," says Koellermeier.

Fair admission is $9 Tuesday through Saturday, free on Sunday. For those who buy concert tickets, fair admission is included. Seniors 62 and older and youth ages 7 to 12 get in for $5. Children 6 and under get in free. Parking costs $4. Fairgoers can ride an air-conditioned bus for $1 from Food 4 Less on Biddle Road or Crater High School, Central Point. Buses run every half-hour from 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.jcfairgrounds.com or call 541-774-8270.

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