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HERE COMES THE FUN

COURTESY: OREGON STATE FAIR - The 151st Oregon State Fair will draw thousands of people to Salem, Aug. 26-Sept. 5.The Oregon State Fair’s second sesquicentennial continues this week in Salem with carnival rides, animals and concerts nearly every night.

A year after celebrating No. 150, state fair No. 151 continues daily through Labor Day weekend and closes Monday, Sept. 5, with a theme of “Here Comes the Fun” at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

For carnival enthusiasts, there’s seven new “spectacular” carnival rides, by new contractor Rainier Amusements. They are Giant Wheel, Olympic Bobs Roller Coaster, Wave Swinger, Drop Tower, Hard Rock, Super Loop and Power Surge — and they complement the 44 other carnival rides.COURTESY: OREGON STATE FAIR - Hunter Hayes will play for country music fans at the Oregon State Fair, Aug. 29

There’ll also be street performers, horse competitions, canine agility tests, world reptiles (and glowing scorpions and rattlesnakes), nightly laser shows and more. A big attraction is the X-Treme Air Dogs — high-motor canines performing airborne feats on command. Culinary and beverage contests include the 56th Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest.

Special programs include GK Machine Mania (cars/monster trucks/motorcycles), Fair Lift (30-foot aerial view) and Authors Day (authors on the Creative Living Stage).

The concert lineup includes:

n Jeremy Camp & Mercy Mee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31

n Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1COURTESY: OREGON STATE FAIR - Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar play at the Oregon State Fair, Sept. 1.

n Montgomery Gentry, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2

n Theory of a Deadman, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3

n Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5

Each concert is free with fair admission, and limited VIP experience seating is available for $35.

Fair admission is $8 for adults (18-64 years), $6 kids (6-11), and $1 seniors (65-up). The fair opens at 10 a.m. daily and stays open till 10 or 11 p.m.

For complete info: www.oregonstatefair.org.