Hood River County Fair returns July 24-27

The 2013 Hood River County Fair takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 24-27, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road. Gates open at noon each day, carnival rides begin at 1 p.m.

General admission is $7 per adult on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $10 per adult on Saturday. Every day children aged 6-12 are admitted for $2, and children younger than 6, free. Season tickets are also available.

Hardshell Harmony Bluegrass performs Wednesday evening on the Park Stage. Brandon Cash, a fine Johnny Cash impersonator brings “Tribute to Johnny Cash” to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The same evening, popular Jac Grooms & Brewer’s Grade appear on stage at Open Barns at 8:30 p.m.

Friday evening, Banda Rebelde de Pacifica takes to the main stage, and Saturday evening it is the 2013 headliner, country music star Darryl Worley. Musical performances are free with fair admission.

Also free with admission are many other great attractions:

n The “Walk on the Wild Side” exotic animal show displays a wide range of exotic animals and reptiles in a jungle atmosphere.

n The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry brings its OMSI Science Program to the fair.

n Professor Bamboozle’s Road Show brings laughs and fun — and balloons — to the Park and fairgrounds each day.

n Godfrey the Magician brings his award-winning style of comedy magic to this year’s fair. He’ll perform in the Park each day.

n The “Kiddie Tractor Pull” will be held near the barns each day at 2 p.m. The competition, using toy John Deere tractors, is divided into age groups, and is fun for kids and spectators.

n “Wool Busting!” is back, too. Kids up to 55 pounds can try their hand at riding sheep. It’s a start for the next generation of rodeo stars. Shows daily! And for bigger kids, Barrel Busting Sheep is new this year. It’s exciting rodeo action for kids over 55 pounds, and younger than age 12.

n Popular Team Penning returns to the Frank Herman Arena, along with Ranch Sorting, and demonstrations of Cattle Cutting and Barrel Racing. There’s even a Cattle Dog Sorting demonstration. Check the schedule for all of these popular rodeo activities.

For details visit www.hoodriverfair.org.

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