Preparations begin for 2005 County Fair

June 18, 2005

The Hood River County Fair will be July 27-30 this year at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell. And although the fair itself is more than a month away, there are some important deadlines to know about:

Entry times for open class exhibits are 1-8 p.m. on Monday, July 25 and 8-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 for art, baked foods, ceramics, clothing, food preservation, hobbies and handcrafts, photography, textiles and youth baked foods. Entry time for fruits and vegetables is from 8-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in the floral building (this date and time ONLY). Small animals can be registered from 6-7 p.m. on July 26, and flowers can be registered from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

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