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Odell hosts Hood River County Fair

Entertainment, carnival rides and midway fun, exhibits, animals, tasty food and much more all are a part of the Hood River County Fair, returning Wednesday through Saturday, July 23 to 26.

Musical performances are scheduled, including headliner John Michael Montgomery, Saturday evening.

The scenic fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, near the community of Odell.

Regular general admission prices to the fair are $7 per adult Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $10 on Saturday.

Admission for children aged 6-12 is $2. Children under 6 are admitted free. Season tickets are available. Parking is free. The fair opens each day at noon, carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. Check the schedule. FFA and 4-H events may begin earlier.

Find open class, 4-H, FFA, and commercial exhibits, flowers, livestock and other animals, carnival fun, food favorites, and all kinds of fun and surprises.

On-stage entertainment begins Wednesday evening on the park stage with Toy Gun Conspiracy at 8 p.m. Thursday, a John Denver Tribute Show with Ted Vigil, begins on the park stage at 7:30 p.m. The same evening, Carrie Cunningham and the Six Guns appears on the stage near the barns at 8:30 p.m. Banda LM performs on the main stage from 8-10 p.m. on Friday.

Fair headliner John Michael Montgomery takes to the main stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, presented by Griffith Motors. He’s released eleven major-label studio albums, and had more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts.

Montgomery received the CMA Horizon award, was named the ACM’s Top New Vocalist, received CMA awards for Single and Song of the Year, has been Billboard’s Top Country Artist, and earned a Grammy nomination. He continues a heavy touring schedule to keep in close touch with his fans.

All musical performances are free with paid admission to the fair. Also free with admission are many other great attractions.

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

Professor Bamboozle’s Road Show brings laughs and fun and balloons to the park and fairgrounds each day during the fair.

Godfrey the Magician brings his award-winning style of comedy magic to this year’s fair, and brand-new levitation tricks, too. He’ll perform in the park each day.

The fair offers all kinds of things for the younger set. The “Kiddie Tractor Pull” will be held near the barns. Using toy John Deere tractors, the competition is divided into age groups, and is fun for kids and spectators.

“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! There’s fun for bigger kids, too, including Barrel Busting Sheep, the Buck-A-Ewe mechanical sheep, and “Just for Fun” Roping Clinics.new this year. It’s exciting rodeo action for kids over 55 pounds, and younger than age 12.

The Frank Herman Arena, will be a busy place during the fair. Thursday at 6:30 p.m., well-known rider Tony Galvez will perform, and there will be roping and hat dancing with a band. Thursday through Saturday there will be popular Team Penning and Ranch Sorting clinics and competition, Youth Gaming Events, and more. Check the schedule for all of the popular rodeo activities.

Every day is “Bracelet Day” on Cascade Amusements carnival rides. Save money on rides by purchasing a $22 ride bracelet ticket for just $17 in advance of the fair’s opening. They’re available at the fair office, Mid Valley Market, Hood River Supply, and Clem’s Market in Odell, at McIsaac’s in Parkdale, at Juanita’s Market in The Dalles, and at Juanita’s Market, Hood River Supply, and Columbia State Bank in Hood River, and must be purchased by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 23. Each bracelet ticket purchased may be used on any one day of the fair, and is good for rides all day long. Carnival rides begin at 1:00 p.m. each day, and continue until closing. The fair gates open at noon each day.

Friday evening, beginning at 4:30 p.m., is the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction in the livestock arena. It’s the all-important culmination of a year’s work for the 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors. Check the schedule for all the 4-H and FFA competitions and activities.

To reach the 2014 Hood River County Fair, travel I-84 to Hood River exit 64, then south on State Highway 35 to the Odell junction. Follow the signs to the fairgrounds at 3020 Wy’east Road, at the corner of Wy’east and Summit roads. Or drive Highway 26 to its intersection with Highway 35, then north on Highway 35 to the Odell junction. For additional information about the Hood River County Fair, call the fair office at 541/354-2865, or check the website at hoodriverfair.org. Or follow on Facebook.

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