Washington County Fair (Oregon)

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Washington County Fair
Washington County Fair drop ride - Hillsboro, Oregon.JPG
Ride at the 2011 fair
Genre County fair
Date(s) July
Frequency annual
Location(s) Hillsboro, Oregon
Attendance 109,606 (2012)[1]
Website bigfairfun.com

The Washington County Fair is an annual event held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. The fair includes amusement rides,[2] live entertainment,[3] livestock exhibits,[4] and other exhibits. It is held during the last weekend of July.

History[edit]

Pop singer Britney Spears performed at the fair in 1999.[3] In 2012, singer/actress Miranda Cosgrove headlined the entertainment.[5] Due to the planned attendance of the Blue Angels at the Oregon International Air Show, the fair overlapped with the air show in 2013 creating traffic issues with the air show held across Cornell Road at the Hillsboro Airport.[6] The 2015 fair featured hip-hop artist Flo Rida as the main performer.[7] During the 2016 fair, several people reported contracting E. coli, which led to the fair not allowing visitors to pet animals at the 2017 fair.[8][9]

Exhibits[edit]

The Washington County Fair hosts exhibits of farm animals, food, and flowers along with other type of specialty displays. Youth members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America participate by showing their animals and specialty collections. The fair also has an open class for individuals who want to show their livestock, cooking skills, or creative hobbies, but do not belong to an exhibiting organization. Awards are sponsored by local businesses, civic and service organizations, and individual donors.[4][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Driessen, Katherine (July 31, 2012). "Washington County Fair 2012 attendance tops last year's crowds". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ Bynum, Nate (July 28, 2017). "Thrill-riders stream into Washington County Fair despite recent tragedy in Ohio". KATU. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Pilorget, Dillon (July 26, 2016). "That one time Britney Spears performed at the Washington County Fair (photos)". OregonLive.com.
  4. ^ a b Gregory, Roger (July 24, 2015). "Washington County Fair 2015: What you should know before you go". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  5. ^ Tims, Dana (July 16, 2012). "Celebrate Hillsboro: With Miranda Cosgrove, Washington County Fair stretches its reach". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  6. ^ Driessen, Katherine (August 13, 2012). "Police already bracing for 2013 overlap of Oregon International Air Show and Washington County Fair". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ Hammill, Luke (June 8, 2015). "Flo Rida to kick off Washington County Fair next month". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  8. ^ Dowling, Jennifer; Staff, KOIN 6 News (17 August 2016). "E. coli at the Washington County Fair?". KOIN 6. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  9. ^ KATU News (July 27, 2017). "Washington County Fair asks visitors to not pet the animals". KATU. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  10. ^ Washington County 4-H Livestock Fair Exhibitor Information 2017, Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, Oregon, 5 May 2017.
  11. ^ Win a Blue Ribbon!, Washington County Fair Complex, Hillsboro, Oregon, accessed 26 August 2017.

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