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Clackamas County Fair is beating the heat

Despite the rising temperature, fairgoers are determined to enjoy this year's event


Five days into its six-day run, the Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo appears to be dealing with the heat quite well, thank you. At least that’s the impression you take away from parking lots brimming with cars and folks streaming through the gates at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby. It’s late morning and the heat is rising, but for those who made the Saturday trek to this year’s fair and rodeo, it’s “make it work” time. And the patrons don’t seem to mind. JOHN BAKER - What's a county fair without some thrill rides? The Clackamas County Fair, which runs through Sunday in Canby, has plenty to enjoy. “Yeah, it’s getting warm, but that’s just part of it,” said Portland’s Brian Killion, who made the trip to Canby with his family Saturday. “I’ve been coming here for, I don’t know, 15 years now and it has been hot before. There’s a lot of shade around this fairgrounds, so it’s not as bad as it may seem. Besides, I know where the cold beer is, so that’s always the fallback plan for me.” While fair staff can’t stop the heat from coming, they’re prepared on many levels with fans blowing through the livestock areas, misting stations at various points and plenty of water bottle filling depots spread throughout the fair. “I think they do a pretty good job of helping people cope when the weather gets really hot,” said Phyllis Edwards. The 67-year-old mother of four was at the fair with two of her children and four grandchildren. But being the oldest in her party wasn’t putting a damper on her enjoyment of the fair, regardless of the heat. “I’ve got my water bottle and a nice cloth that I put cold water on and I just keep going,” she said. “I grew up on these types of fairs when I was a little girl in Iowa. I just love seeing the chickens, sheep and livestock, looking through the stuff for sale and eating fair food. It’s still magical to me and I hope my family finds that same feeling. I’m hot but I’m having fun and I’ll take that tradeoff anytime.” This year’s fair runs through Sunday night and offers a full slate of fair-like activities -- demonstrations, carnival rides and entertainment. Shanna Wilde said she’s “from the area” and was enjoying some shade and the music from a group called Greydogz on the main lawn stage. This quartet bills itself as a blues and standards band, performing classics ranging from bee-bop and swing, jazz, and blues, including covers of the Rolling Stones, BB King, and more. JOHN BAKER - There were chickens of all types and sizes for folks to look at during the Clackamas County Fair in Canby. The fair runs through Sunday at the Clackamas County Event Center. “I’ve never heard these guys before. They have a really nice sound,” Wilde said. “They are kind of older so there’s a nice mellow vibe to the music. It’s nice to sit in the shade and just listen to some good music. Kind of makes the stresses of the day melt away a bit and I think that’s something I like -- heck, anyone would like.” Wilde said she’s been coming to the fair for years and “digs the whole vibe” of Canby’s biggest event. “It’s well-done, people are friendly and even on a day like this, when it’s really warm, you just don’t mind because there’s so much going on,” she said. “You can do tons of stuff or you can just chill out and relax in the shade. Something for everyone, I think.” Here’s the remaining schedule for Saturday and Sunday’s full slate:

Saturday, August 20:

3 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, TBD.

3 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Juggle Mania.

3 p.m.: Main Lawn Show Ring, 4-H Master Showmanship Contest.

3 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, TBD.

4 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, Skybound Blue.

4 p.m.: Grass Show Ring, Youth Goat Costume Contest.

4 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Greydogz.

5 p.m.: Behind Rodeo Grounds, Awards Presented for Dutch Oven Cooking & Traeger Cook-Off Contest, followed by Tasting

5 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, TBD.

5 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, 4-H Fashion Review.

5 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, TBD.

6 p.m.: Ford Booth, Rodeo Roadway, Miss Rodeo Oregon Contestants Autograph Signing.

6 p.m.: Rabbit Barn, Small Animal Awards.

6 p.m.: Rosebrook Show Ring, Youth Barnyard Olympics.

6:30 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, Brewers Grade.

7 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Talent Show Finals.

7 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Samsel.

7:30 p.m.: Rodeo Arena, PRCA Rodeo (Ticketed Event) & Livestock Parade of Champions - Market & Miss Rodeo Oregon Coronation.

8:30 p.m.: Ford Booth, Rodeo Roadway, Miss Rodeo Oregon VIP Press Party (Time flexible, will follow coronation).

8:30 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Samsel.

9:30 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, Brewers Grade.

12 a.m.: Fairgrounds Gates Close, Strolling Melissa Vanderbolt - Balloon Twister, Juggle Mania and Mr. Statue.

Sunday, August 21:

7 a.m.: Fairgrounds, Gates Open.

8 a.m.: Flag Pole, Flag Raising by VFW Post #1324.

10 a.m.: Family Fun Grove, Ag-Ventureland Kid’s Area, Pioneer Village, Pony Trail Rides, Safety Street.

10 a.m.: Main Lawn Small Animal Ring, Pigeon Rolling.

10 a.m.: Main Pavilion Hobby Hall, Duster’s RC Planes Demonstration (All Day).

10 a.m.: Main Pavilion Hobby Hall, Paper Crafting with Tina - for kids ages 6-10 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

10 a.m.: Main Pavilion Kitchen Cupboard, Entries Accepted for “Peachy Keen Sweets” Contest & “Edible Garden Art” Contest.

10 a.m.: Main Pavilion Opens, Exhibits Sewing, Quilts, Hobby Hall, Photography and the Art Department.

11 a.m.: Carnival Area, Funtastic Traveling Shows Carnival Opens.

11 a.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Inspirational Message.

11 a.m.: Main Lawn Small Animal Ring, Rabbit Agility.

11 a.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Juggle Mania.

11 a.m.: Main Lawn Stage, King/Queen Winners Announced.

11:30 a.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, TBD.

Noon: Family Fun Grove Stage, Gospel Sing Winners.

Noon: Floral Area, OAN Plant Sale, Noon to 8 p.m.

Noon: Main Lawn Stage, Brady Goss.

Noon: Rosebrook Show Ring, 4-H Large Livestock Master Showmanship followed by FFA Awards Ceremony.

Noon: Swine Show Ring, 4-H Large Livestock Master Showmanship followed by FFA Awards Ceremony

1 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, TBD.

1 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Rae Gordon Gospel Songs.

1 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Samsel.

1 p.m.: Main Pavilion Kitchen Cupboard, Cooking Demo - “ABC’s of Canning” by Kelly Steit.

2 p.m.: Family Fun Grove, LaCampeona Radio 880 AM.

2 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Nate Botsford.

2 p.m.: Main Lawn Small Animal Ring, Chicken Races.

2 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Brady Goss.

2 p.m.: Main Pavilion Kitchen Cupboard, Awards Presented for Daily Contests, Peoples Choice of the “Contain Your Cookie” Contest, and all of the Crowns (King, Queen, runners up and Jr. Crowns) Awards.

2 p.m.: Rodeo Arena, Coastal Farm and Ranch Challenge of Champions Tour (ticketed event).

3 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Nate Botsford.

3 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Samsel.

4 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Tammy Barton.

5 p.m.: Clackamas Corral Stage, Nate Botsford.

5 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Carrie Cunningham Band.

5 p.m.; Main Lawn Stage, Brady Goss.

6 p.m.: Family Fun Grove Stage, Carrie Cunningham Band.

6 p.m.: Main Lawn Stage, Tammy Barton.

8 p.m.: Fairgrounds Gates Close, Strolling Melissa Vanderbolt - Balloon Twister, Juggle Mania and Mr. Statue.