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It's almost Old Time Fair time!

The end of July is approaching quickly. That means the Old Time Fair will soon draw thousands of people to Willamette Park.

A skydiving display followed by the coronation of the fair queen on Friday will kick off the three-day event.

“I’ve gone to the fair basically my entire life,” said Celia Lawrence, current Old Time Fair queen. “I remember watching the princesses during the coronation when I was 7, and I wanted to be one.”

by: TIDINGS FILE PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - The 2014 Old Time Fair kicks off Friday at Willamette Park.For Lawrence, the carnival rides are the go-to attraction at the fair. In addition to the rides, attendees each year look forward to the Olde Time Baseball Game; vendor booths, ranging from home decorations to tasty food; the pie eating contest and a custom car show featuring more than 200 cars.

Ken Warner, assistant parks and recreation director, said they city strives to honor the traditions of the fair each year.

“The one thing that people look forward to is that the fair will stay the same,” he said. “It provides fun opportunities for families each year.”

This year, the fair is expected to draw up to 15,000 attendees, according to Warner. Among them will be Aileen Domann, who said her family has had the same fair tradition since she was little: They make sure to stop by the food booths to get Lion burgers and strawberry rhubarb pie.

“You can only get that at the Old Time Fair,” the 19-year-old said.

by: FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Olde Time Baseball Game is always a popular fair mainstay. This years game is at 6:45 on Friday.Tradition notwithstanding, there are also several new events to look forward to.

On Friday, the movies in the park program will show “Thunderstruck” on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. And for kids, there is the PJ Pancake Run, which will start off with a Kids Dash at 8 a.m., followed by a 5k run at 8:15 a.m. All children participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas. New to the music set list, the Junebugs will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the main stage. Spend an afternoon listening to musical styles ranging from “turn of the century Americana to modern Hip Hop,” as the band describes.

To view the full schedule of the Old Time Fair’s events, visit http://westlinnoregon.gov/oldtimefair/fair-schedule-0.

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