by: David F. Ashton, County fairs are all about pony rides, animals, art and photo exhibitions, flowers and handcrafts shows, vendors, green grass, and carnival rides. As this photo taken at last year’s Multnomah County Fair suggests, you find all of that at the Fair – over the three days of Memorial Day weekend at Oaks Amusement Park.

The 102nd annual Multnomah County Fair, now run entirely by volunteers with no assistance of any sort from Multnomah County, will return to Oaks Amusement Park on May 24 through May 26 - Memorial Day Weekend - from noon till 7 pm each day. And, as last year, there is no admission charge to enter the fair on the amusement park grounds, and no charge to park in the parking lots there, either.

On the first day of the three-day celebration - Saturday the 24th - there will be a Dog Fashion Show at 3pm; two other special events that afternoon are a Fly-Ball exhibition of canine agility and speed, and 'Walk on the Wild Side' - a reptile show.

The nonprofit fair's organizers promise that all the usual attractions from last year will be back, and in addition: A petting zoo, pony rides, a rabbit show, a silent auction in the Pavilion (all proceeds help support the fair), and Weiner Dog races all three days.

The Dairy Wives will be back selling ice cream, and there will again be a number of food vendors, too. In addition, this year there will be a large pet vendor area called 'It's A Dog's World'.

Those wishing to enter any of the various judged competitions are to bring their entries to the fair headquarters at Oaks Park on Friday, May 23rd, between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm. They will be asked to pick them up the following Monday.

Oaks Amusement Park is accessed from the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, and is located on the north side of Sellwood Riverfront Park.

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