Oats, goats and more
Yamhill County Fair gets underway in McMinnville
By Clinton Vining
Publisher, The Sun
If this year’s theme “Oats, Goats and Ice Cream Floats,” isn’t enough of a draw to the Yamhill County Fair this week, perhaps the two-day NPRA rodeo and four nights of live music will do the job.
Season passes are just $17.50 to the Fair and Rodeo that opens at 10 a.m. today through Saturday. Kids under 12 can go for free today. Adult admission is half-price on Wednesday, too, until 4 p.m.
Johnny Limbo and The Lugnuts will perform Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. On Thursday night, country singer Jack Ingram will perform at 9 p.m. Julianne Hough, a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and now a country singer, will perform at 9 p.m. on Friday night. Little River Band Concert, which plays a little rock and a little country, will play at 9 p.m. on Saturday night.
The NPRA Rodeo will storm into the arena at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Thursday, which also happens to be Senior Citizen Day, will feature a special Bulls and Barrels contest.
General admission for adults is $10. Children 5 to 12 can get in for $5. Children under 5 are free. Season passes are available for adults at $17.50 and children 5 to 12 for $7.50. All concerts and rodeos are included in the price of admission. Seniors can visit the fair for $6 on Thursday.
The Junior Livestock Auction, where animals raised by FFA and 4-H members will be sold, happens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.
Now you’ve heard about the main events, but don’t forget about everything else that makes up a county fair. Don’t forget to grab a tall cup of lemonade and some cotton candy for the kiddies before visiting the animals, arts and crafts and then zipping through the carnival. Rides are just $1 daily from noon to 6 p.m.
Oh, remember that ice cream float. After all, “Oats, Goats and Ice Creamr Floats,” is the theme this year.
Their is a fee to park in the fairgrounds parking lot, but visitors can also get there by taking the bus. Yamhill County Transit Area Route 3 starts at the courthouse and drops off visitors across the street from the fair entrance.
For more information about the fair and its sponsors, visit www.co.yamhill.or.us/fair/, or call the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo office at 503-434-7524.