Dec 042012

LC Fair Board, Monday Night
and aerial view of LC Fairgrounds
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After meeting most of the day with the local business and economic development community, the Lincoln County Fair Board sat down with those who hold events at the fairgrounds to get their opinions on how the fairgrounds could be revitalized and more economically viable.

Representatives from ECO Northwest, an economic planning and financial consulting firm, learned earlier in the day that any fairgrounds upgrade should include a meeting or convention facility capable of holding Newport’s Seafood and Wine event every February. They also learned that economic development, as spurred forward by the relocation of NOAA to Newport, needs a place to be celebrated and brought together to capitalize on surges of economic synergy.

The Fair Board and their consultants met Monday evening with traditional users of the fairgrounds; 4-H and their animals and home skills programs, equestrian events, farmers markets, dog lovers, music promoters and, of course, the annual county fair. All testified that they would expect the upgrading of the fairgrounds to accomodate their interests and to provide facilities for them. Newport OSU Extension Director Sam Angima said the fairgrounds should be a place where extension programs could be celebrated and honored as valued aspects of the community, including healthy child and family programs, master gardeners, nutrition, agriculture, forestry, marine and Sea Grant programs and all the rest.

Fair Board member and County Commissioner Bill Hall noted that practically everywhere you go around the state, if not the nation, fairgrounds, or exposition centers are seldom completely self-supporting. They require some local government funds to keep the doors open. Hall said once the consultants develop a building and business plan that fits Lincoln County’s needs, there is probably going to be required some kind of a property tax override to partially support the fairgrounds. Lincoln County voters recently approved such a tax override to take care of Lincoln County’s abused and lost domestic pets at the county’s animal shelter in Newport. Hall said such a subsidy will be required if the fairgrounds are to remain an important aspect of the cultural and economic life of Lincoln County.

The consultants took detailed notes on suggestions from the fairground users and indicated there will be other opportunities for the public to weigh in on the discussion. They said there will be progress reports along the way in defining realistic programs and financial realities in keeping the fairgrounds alive and vibrant. Their complete list of recommendations and costs associated with them, they said, should be wrapped up by late Spring.

They said those progress reports and other updates would be available on the county’s webpage as well as the webpage of EcoNorthwest at

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Jul 152012

The Lincoln County Fair wrapped up it’s three day run Sunday with an exciting bullriding competition. One rider landed really hard and was kept on the ground for a few moments to make sure he was okay. An initial report was that he had temporarily lost the feeling in his legs. A short while later he reported he was okay and was up walking around.

Winners for a portion of the $5,000 purse was 1st Place Jordan Spear of Redding, CA. 2nd Place went to Jake Surrat of Battle Ground, WA. And 3rd Place went to R.J. Kriege of Prineville, OR.

Top video from Dave Morgan,, second video is from Brad Taylor of

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Jul 152012

The Lincoln County Fair comes singing, dancing, barrel racing and bull riding its way through a great Sunday! Don’t miss a great day of entertainment at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds!

And to prove there are more sights and sounds of the Lincoln County Fair than can be taken in by just one camera, Brad Taylor of Oregon Coast Productions offers his contribution to the tour. His video is found on his own website, as demonstrated above.

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Jul 142012

Saturday night, it’s award-winning Mark Chestnutt, the guy that solved the crime of who killed the music at the bar with his “Bubba Shot the Jukebox.”

Other attractions include a wide variety of vendors and food and beverage booths. This year there is a real wild animal exhibit with a real adult tiger, baby tiger, exotic birds and other curiosities of the wild. Arts and crafts inside the main exhibition hall. Free main stage offers the Hanson Family Singers, Cascade Rye Duo, Twisty Magic and Mariachi Vive Mexico!

Of course there are carnival rides from noon to 10pm, judged exhibits in the Main Hall and East Rooms all day.

Don’t forget the Mower, Motorcycle and ATV Races, both kids and adult classes.

Then Sunday it’s BULL-O-RAMA!…where you’ll witness the Northwest’s finest bull riders! A $5,000 purse brings in some of the toughest riders around. It’s free with gate entry fee!

And again, both Saturday and Sunday there’s Kiddie Land with pony rides, wild animal exhibit, henna “tatooing,” twisty balloons and lots of great food!!

The Lincoln County Fair, now going on at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds just off Highway 20 at Harney.

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Jun 222012

The 104th Lincoln County Fair celebrating Lincoln County’s finest is just around the corner beginning Friday, July 13, 14 and 15.

Provided by Lincoln County Fair

We invite homemakers, farmers, photographers, and crafts folks of all ages to submit their work for judging at the county fair. The tradition lives on with a category for every item this year, except live animals. Besides a ribbon award, top exhibitors will receive a gift certificate donated from a wide selection of county businesses. Entry forms and class information can be found in the Exhibitor Contest Guide on-line at or your local library.

Lincoln County is our “Coastal Wonderland”, the theme of this year’s fair. We encourage folks to attend the fair, but seek the wonders of Lincoln County too. Exotic animals, interactive science, the carnival, sustainability displays, bull riding, equestrian drill team performance, Oregon Fairs Talent Search, Lincoln County Barrel Racing Championship, name the fair tractor contest, 4-Wheeler and motorcycle competitions, lawnmower races, and much more await your visit to the fair. The Lincoln County 4-H Program offers displays of artwork, photography, cooking and more in the Harney Building, and the Livestock Barn is full of 4-H raised animals. Daily admission is $5 for 6 and up, 6 and under is free. Parking is available for seniors and persons with disabilities at Newport High School.

Advance tickets for the carnival are being sold now at JC Markets in Newport and Toledo, Kenny’s IGA in Lincoln City and in Siletz. Tickets are $15, a $5 savings if purchased before fair. Ride bracelets will be $20 all day with the carnival opening at noon daily.

Lincoln County Fair is pleased to announce Mark Chesnutt, national country music artist, on the Main Stage Saturday at 7:30 PM. Mark Chesnutt is one of country’s true music treasures. Mark’s stature in the business is easily hailed with 14 #1 Hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums, five gold records, and he maintains his steady presence with a hefty the tour schedule year after year. Friday evening at 7:30PM, blues artist Curtis Salgado steps onto the Main Stage. Curtis Salgado is a Pacific Northwest favorite with a loyal following of dedicated listeners. Both concerts are free with paid general admission. The entertainment continues throughout the fair with Hanson Family Singers, Cascade Rye, Mariachi Viva Mexico, Lincoln County’s Got Talent Performance, Twisty and Friends, and more Don’t miss this weekend of fund for the whole family!

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Jun 022012

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Mar 082012

Celtic Festival and Highland Games

The Lincoln County Fair Board Thursday approved an operating agreement with the Celtic Festival and Highland Games set for later this year. The agreement now awaits the signature of the game’s organization. But it should guarantee a good repeat performance by the group whose inaugural event was judged a smashing success last year, even though rainy and blustery weather reduced attendance the second day.

Winter Farmer’s Market

The Fair Board also got an update from the Winter Farmer’s Market. Market organizer Katie McNeil said they’re pleased with their first run but that next fall they will not take a month off between the summer and winter markets. McNeil said they won’t skip a beat this fall. They’ll just plow ahead and be ready the next week with the winter market schedule. McNeil said although they didn’t average the 30 to 40 vendors a day they had hoped for, the 25 (on average) did well. The crafts portion of the market did well through late November and early December during the holiday shopping season.

After the first of the year, Hildenbrand said business slowed down a bit but they’re still pleased with the public support and interest among local growers. Some growers were flooded during the February storms which impacted their produce. But all in all, Hildenbrand said they proved that a farmer’s market is not only possible, it can thrive year round. She said although they will continue to promote and feature Lincoln County growers, they will be doing more outreach to additional growers in the region.

Hildenbrand did request that the Fair Board charge them rent next winter based on the number of vendors that participate on any given Saturday, rather than a blanket amount for the building, The Fair Board seemed amenable to discussing it. The Winter Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds from 10-2pm. The last of the current season is set for March 31st.

Lincoln County Fair

And Lincoln County Fair organizer Debra Jones reported to the Fair Board that this year’s fair is taking shape pretty well. She said she’s able to announce that award winning country western singer Mark Chestnutt will appear Saturday night and that jazz blues singer Curtis Salgado will appear Friday night. The fair runs July 13, 14, and 15.

Fairgrounds Multi-purpose Event Center

And finally, the Fair Board talked about the county fair board not being considered for a piece of a million dollar grant from the city of Newport to build a new multi-event center at the fairgrounds. County Counsel Wayne Belmont said they were turned down because the project is still only in its conceptual phase. They didn’t have pre-requisite building or business plans formulated as part of their application. However, the fair board said that the Newport City Council has not officially awarded all the money and that there might be as much as $300,000 left over after awards are made to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Marine Heritage Museum and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Belmont said there was also talk about Newport putting more room tax money into the “tourism facilities” fund for future projects. Belmont reminded the board that the county and the city of Newport are both involved with discussions about a multi-event center that many agree would draw small to medium sized conventions from around the state and the northwest. In addition, the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce is, after 35 years of huge success at South Beach, very interested in relocating their annual Seafood and Wine event to a more comfortable and weather resistant facility. Their current use of a “tent complex” near the Rogue Brewery has been battered over the years by high winds and cold temperatures. Chamber Executive Director Lorna Davis has been conferring with county officials and has expressed chamber support behind the county’s plans for a permanent facility at the fairgrounds.

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Jul 112011

Another Lincoln County Fair is now in the history books. Attendance was well above last year’s levels, according to Fair organizer Debra Jones. We’ll have a video montage of the fair for you later today. In the meantime, enjoy the bullriding event that saw a lot of really cranky bulls throwing their riders off like they were launched from a cannon. A real tough group of bulls.

Winners were: 1st place, Jace Catlin, Toledo, WA, $2,500, 2nd place, Chase Skidgel, Redmond, OR, $1,500, and 3rd place, Scotty Bartels, Roy, WA, $1,000. Enjoy the video.

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Jul 072011

More fun and entertainment than you’ve ever seen so close to home. It’s the Lincoln County Town and Country Fair this weekend. For all the details click here!

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