County fair kicks into high gear Wednesday


   The 71st annual Jefferson County Fair kicks into action today (July 21) at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madras.
   "Juniper, Cowboys and More in 2004" is the theme for this year's event, which gets under way following the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
   Children under 12, who are accompanied by parents or are part of an organized children's group, get in free on Kids Day, Thursday, July 22. Carnival bands for rides at the Davis Amusement Show will be $10 on Thursday.
   Friday is Senior Citizens Day, and those 65 and over are invited to attend the fair without charge. At 5 p.m., Xi Delta Mu will provide chicken, rolls, coffee, ice tea, and ice cream for a potluck picnic for seniors in the Picnic Pavilion. Seniors are asked to bring a side dish and their own table service.
   The fair parade on Saturday morning takes off from E Street to Fifth Street in downtown Madras at 10 a.m., preceded by the Skate Park Ball Race at 9:30 a.m. Parade participants do not need to preregister, but may sign up before 9 a.m. at the library annex on the corner of E and Eighth streets. Adults wishing to have their entries judged need to be in place by 8:30 a.m. to allow time for judging. Children must be in place by 9 a.m. Floats and other entries will line up along the side streets off E Street.
   A wide variety of daily entertainment is on tap for the fair, which lasts through Saturday night, including music from the Harmoneers, Grupo Fantasia, The Valley Boys, and Coltrain, which will perform for the Big Western Dance at 9 p.m. Saturday in the pavilion.
   Both Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., B Bar D Rodeo Inc. will hold National Professional Rodeo Association rodeos featuring events from roping to riding. The rodeos, dance, and other attractions are free with admission.
   Cost of admission is $5 per person, $3 for 12 and under, $15 for a family day pass, and $15 for a season pass.
   For more information on the fair, see the special fair publication in this week's Pioneer.