Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Oregonians still have time to enter Creative Living and Arts competitions at the Oregon State Fair, set for Aug. 23 to Sept. 2. Participating is more convenient than ever, thanks to online registration and remote drop-off and pickup sites throughout Oregon.
As always, participants may register and deliver items in person to the Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. N.E., Salem. Entries may be brought to the fairgrounds Aug. 10-15:
n Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
n Monday, Aug. 12, through Wednesday, Aug. 14: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
n Thursday, Aug 15: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Photography, fine art, calligraphy and poetry competitors may register online through Aug. 15.
Participants also have the option of dropping off their nonperishable items to Sleep Country USA locations in Bend, Medford, Portland and Springfield Aug. 10-14. Eastern Oregon residents can drop off items at the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 12.
For remote drop-off locations and times, visit the Oregon State Fair website at: oregonstatefair.org/all-competitions. For store locations and hours, click here (sleepcountry.com/mattresses-regions.aspx). Items submitted through remote drop-off locations will be returned to those locations.
Handbooks with complete competition details are posted online at oregonstatefair.org. For more information about state fair competitions, call 503-881-3594 or email Creative.Living@state.or.us.
People interested in volunteering at the state fair can visit oregonstatefair.org/volunteer. Volunteers earn a free state fair admission ticket for every four hours of service.
Fair hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission is $7 for ages 13 to 64. Children 6-12 and seniors pay $6 at the gate.
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