Here's some fair videos I found on You Tube.
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Here's some fair photos that just came in from Jen at http://fiveforefun.blogspot.
Being notoriously cheap/frugal, you would think the Oregon State Fair would outrage someone like me. With $3 corndogs, $4 to get on a ride and fees to access your own money, every move you make it seems someone is trying to sell you some sort of trinket that's going to break the second you get home. I've purchased lightsabers from the fair that were extinguished even before we made the dusty trek to our car. I look at this place as a challenge to my penny pinching prowess. An arena that will test the skills I have honed over many years protecting my paycheck from predators out to unload their paltry payloads of plastic and inferior products made in foreign lands without labor protection. Sorting through my fair program I have calculated the most efficient way to experience the Oregon State Fair, maximizing fun and minimizing cost. Start out by going to your usual ATM machine before you get to the fair and tell yourself that you are not going to use the cash dispenser at the fairgrounds. The biggest drain on your wallet is the rides. If you have kids, they'll want to go on as many rides as possible. Go on a day that they have $1 ride tickets or $25 wristbands. We went Monday for the dollar ride tickets and budgeted $40 for two kids. After all that spinning, we took the chair lift ride across the park, one way $10. This is a nice slow ride that's worth the money and is a good change of pace from the noisy carnival rides. Once you land, there is a barbecue stand nearby called Championship BBQ where they have some good deals on their meals. $5 bbq sausage sandwich and a bag of chips, $2 for an ear of corn, $2 for a meaty smoked spare rib bone, and a buck for a coke. The service was disorganized but we got out of there for $22. The rest of the night we sought out some free entertainment like Travis Fox's hypnosis show on the Les Schwab stage. Check out the reptile exhibit if you're not afraid of petting snakes and the real star of the show is the baby farm animals. You should have seen the crowd ogling over the newborn pigs and the baby chicks huddling together in the poultry exhibit. It seems like this year with the gas crisis and the sluggish economy, people out there are feeling squeezed by high prices. I overheard a lot of people complaining about how much everything costs and I think that some of the people working at the fair were sensing that too. The spirit of the fair is to celebrate being Oregonians and sharing in the bounty that this great state produces throughout its diverse geography.
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It's hailed as Oregon's biggest party and it starts today right here in our little city. The weather has cooperated and officials expect this year's Oregon State Fair to be the most attended in history. With big crowds, lots of food choices, rides and exhibits it's impossible to see the whole thing in one visit. So what can you do to maximize a state fair experience? Send in your fair tips on the comment section of this page or email us and we will post it online.
Here's some fair info to get you started.
-Free shuttle pick up Downtown and Chemeketa Community College.
-Veterans get in free the first two days of the fair, August 22, 23.
-Monday August 25th is $1 ride ticket day
-Tuesday August 26th and Wednesday August 27th they sell unlimited ride wristbands for $25. That's a deal because rides can cost as much as $4 each. But the deal is only good during the day starting at 11am and ending at 5p on Tuesday and 4pm on Wednesday.
-Parking is free but dusty.
-Willie Nelson is performing outdoors in the LB Day Amphitheater August 29th, 8pm.
-Credence Clearwater Revisited, is playing in the Pavilion August 26th, 8pm. Credence Clearwater Revisited has two original members of the famed Credence Clearwater Revival(CCR) led by John Fogarty. Just tell everyone you're going to see CCR in concert to avoid confusion.