The Tillamook County Fair is always a spellbinding experience but this year’s promises to be more enchanting than ever.
From Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 11, the event will pull out all the stops to prove the truth of this year’s theme: “There’s Magic in the Air, with a Country Flair.”
For those four days, the Tillamook County Fairgrounds will be abuzz with activity, with livestock and animal exhibits, roaming entertainers, a carnival and the world-famous Pig-N-Ford Races.
Evening entertainment kicks off at 8 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a performance from Sawyer Brown, a band that has been described as “the Rolling Stones of Country Music.” On Thursday, Aug. 9, Jerrod Niemann will present songs that push and pull at country music’s borders in a genre-challenging show.
Blues Traveler will bring the stage entertainment to a close at 8 pm on Friday, Aug. 10, demonstrating the musical chops that have seen them play more than 2,000 live shows in front of some 30 million people.
Meanwhile the Courtyard stage will feature music from the Beth Willis Rock Duo on Thursday, The Cascade Rye Band on Friday and The Outpatientz Band on Saturday.
Along with the music, the fair will feature courtyard and roaming acts, including hypnotist Tammy Barton, one-man band Washboard Willy, Brad’s World Reptiles, clowning duo Coventry & Kaluza and the popular ice cream tasting contest.
This year will also see the OMSI Science Festival offering everyday encounters with science from noon to 6 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
As well as viewing animals ranging from guinea pigs to livestock raised by 4-H and FFA members, guests can see some of the animals go up for sale at 6 pm on Friday when the Junior Livestock Auction gets underway.
The fair entertainment will wrap up on Saturday, Aug. 11, with the Demolition Derby, starting at 7:30 pm.
Admission to the fair is $10 per day for adults or $30 for a four-day pass. Admission for children aged 6 to 11 is $6 per day. For more information, go to www.tillamookfair.com.
Hitting the pig time
Returning for their 94th year at the Tillamook County Fair, the world-famous Pig-N-Ford races are sure to quicken pulse of the pigs, the drivers and everyone in the crowd.
Races are set for all four days of the fair, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 11, starting at 5:30 pm and culminating in the World Championships on Saturday evening.
Each race begins with the men of the Model T Pig-N-Ford Association lining up their stripped-down, crank-started vintage motors at the starting line and taking up position at one side of the track. Upon hearing the starting pistol, they race to grab a juvenile pig from a holding pen on the opposite side of the track.
With the pig under their arm, the racers have to crank up their cars before hopping into the driving seat. The first contestant to complete three laps is the winner.
For those who prefer their races with a little less squealing, the fair will also offer horse racing every day, starting at 12:30 pm in the grandstands.
Ticket to ride
Rainier Amusements will be offering All You Can Ride carnival coupons for $25 if purchased before Tuesday, August 7.
Coupons are available at the following locations:
• Columbia Bank, Manzanita
• Columbia Bank, Tillamook
• Godfrey’s General Store
• Tillamook Pharmacy
• Tillamook County Fairgrounds Office
• Oregon Coast Bank, Pacific City
• TLC a Division of Fibre Federal Credit Union, Tillamook
All You Can Ride wristbands are available to purchase at the fair at the regular price of $35.