It’s a fair time again

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The Oregon State Fair returns Friday, Aug. 22, bringing with it a slew of competitions, live music and more elephant ears than anyone could ever hope to eat.

Getting in the gates will cost $8 for adults, down from $11 last year, and includes limited concert seating for the headlining acts.

In addition to rides and food galore, not to mention hands-on time with Oregon’s most impressive farm animals, contests hosted at the fair will be seeking the best art, baked goods, cakes, produce, floral arrangements, collections, honey products, needlework and clothing paper arts, preserved foods, quilts, spinning and weaving, table decoration and woodworking.

A new feature this year will tap into the work of homebrew and amateur winemaking communities. Winners will be announced Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. on the Jackman-Long Stage.

On the food front, the fair will feature a booth serving up Bob’s Burgers, a one-time staple of the Salem-area food scene.

Headliners for the Oregon State Fair concert series are: Buckcherry (Aug. 22, 7 p.m.), Ziggy Marley (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.), Emblem3 (Aug. 24, 4 p.m.), The Fab Four (Aug. 25, 7 p.m.), comedian David Spade (Aug. 26, 7 p.m.), The Newsboys (Aug. 27, 6:45 p.m.), Charlie Daniels Band (Aug. 28, 7 p.m.), Chris Young (Aug. 29, 6:45 p.m.), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Aug. 30, 4 p.m.), and The Beach Boys (Sept. 1, 4 p.m.). VIP seating, which includes reserved seats, preferred access to concessions and a chance to win a backstage pass is $20 to $35 depending on the act.

Discounted admission days:

Aug. 22 – Bring two or more cans of food for $5 admission. Donations support the Marion-Polk Food Share and Oregon Food Bank.

Aug. 23 – Free admission for kids 11 and younger; coupons available at participating Les Schwab stores.

Aug. 24 – Four admission tickets of any combination for $16 – up to a 50 percent savings. Coupons are available at participating Sleep Country stores.

Aug. 27 -Receive a coupon for free admission to be used Thursday through Labor Day.

Aug. 28 – Veterans receive free fair admission, which includes special veterans programming and free seating for the Charlie Daniels Band, playing at 7 p.m. in the L.B. Day Amphitheater.

Aug. 31 – Four admission tickets of any combination for $16 – up to a 50 percent savings. Coupons are available at participating Sleep Country stores.

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