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 thats 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. Its late morning and the heat is rising, but for those who made the Saturday trek to this years fair and rodeo, its make it work time. And the patrons dont seem to mind. Yeah, its getting warm, but thats just part of it, said Portlands Brian Killion, who made the trip to Canby with his family Saturday. Ive been coming here for, I dont know, 15 years now and it has been hot before. Theres a lot of shade around this fairgrounds, so its not as bad as it may seem. Besides, I know where the cold beer is, so thats always the fallback plan for me. While fair staff cant stop the heat from coming, theyre 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 wasnt putting a damper on her enjoyment of the fair, regardless of the heat. Ive 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. Its still magical to me and I hope my family finds that same feeling. Im hot but Im having fun and Ill take that tradeoff anytime. This years fair runs through Sunday night and offers a full slate of fair-like activities -- demonstrations, carnival rides and entertainment. Shanna Wilde said shes 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. Ive never heard these guys before. They have a really nice sound, Wilde said. They are kind of older so theres a nice mellow vibe to the music. Its 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 thats something I like -- heck, anyone would like. Wilde said shes been coming to the fair for years and digs the whole vibe of Canbys biggest event. Its well-done, people are friendly and even on a day like this, when its really warm, you just dont mind because theres 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. Heres the remaining schedule for Saturday and Sundays 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 Kids 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, Dusters 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 - ABCs 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.