Washington County Fair's opening-day heatwave doesn't wither crowd
Thursdays scorching heat did nothing to deter young or old seeking thrills on a carnival ride, a peek at barnyard animals or a tall cone of cotton candy from turning out on opening day of the Washington County Fair in Hillsboro.
Even before 10 a.m., representatives from Washington County-area National FFA Organizations were showing livestock and winning ribbons.
With tears in her eyes, Tiana Rudolf and other members of Forest Grove FAA said their goodbyes to the pigs theyd raised since April after the mornings Pig Scramble.
Once the fair is over, Rudolfs 286-pound market hog, Jamal, will likely become dinner for a luau-themed picnic hosted by her fathers company later this summer, she said.
Last year I cried, Rudolf said, but its the humane thing to do.
Rudolf said she was happy Jamal will be able to bring happiness to someone after hes gone, but that didnt make it any easier to say goodbye to the friend shed nurtured for the past three months.
In another barn, Jessica Richey of Forest Grove looked pitifully at her goat, 184. With too little fat and muscle, poor 184 got fifth place in his competitive category.
A high school junior, this was Richeys first year with FFA. She joined because all my friends and dad did FFA, she said. Though she added that shed probably try again next year.
Normally, she said, Its easy to make weight.
Elsewhere on the grounds, stunt dogs and stunt rubber chicken launchers and stunt motorcyclists entertained crowds. Shad Petersen performed motorcycle tricks off his trailer with the help of brave child volunteers.
Laying on her back, Sandy Cardenas, 11, of Tigard watch attentively as Petersen, ranked eighth in the National Moto Trials Championship, launched himself over her twice.
I felt awesome and scared at the same time, Cardenas said. I was scared because his bike wasnt working earlier.
Cardenas mother said she was nervous.
Riding since he was 15 years old, Petersen said he wouldnt perform the trick if he had any concern it could go south.
Ive jumped over so many kids, Petersen said. I did this fair last year and I really enjoyed it. Im amazed for how many people show up for being such a small thing.
The Washington County Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 2, at the county fairplex, 873 N.E. 34th Ave. Parking is $7 this year.