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  • The Jackson County Harvest Fair and Micro Brew Fest

    Local bands, a grape- stomp competition, a chili cook-off, food and brews highlight the fall event
  • Kicking off this weekend, the Jackson County Harvest Fair is what fairgrounds Manager Chris Borovansky likes to call a labor of love.
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    • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
      Saturday, Sept. 27
      10 a.m. — Southern Oregon Brewfest, Olsrud Arena (all day); food and crafts exhibits, Compton Arena, all day; Southern Oregon Kennel Club ear and eye clinic and agility ...
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      SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
      Saturday, Sept. 27

      10 a.m. — Southern Oregon Brewfest, Olsrud Arena (all day); food and crafts exhibits, Compton Arena, all day; Southern Oregon Kennel Club ear and eye clinic and agility demonstration, Compton grass; Annie the Clown, Children's Area

      11 a.m. — Dancing Morgans, Barker Barn; stock dog trials, Krouse Barn; Will McLaughlin Dutch Oven Cooking, Compton grass east end

      11:15 a.m. — Royal Blues Band, Harvest Fair Stage

      Noon — Grape Stomp preliminary heat, Grape Stomp Stage; pumpkin carving, Compton South Deck; pumpkin painting, Children's Area

      12:30 p.m. — Chili Cook-Off, Olsrud Arena/Grass Area

      1 p.m. — Leslie Kendall & Friends, Harvest Fair Stage; Will McLaughlin Dutch Oven Cooking, Compton grass east end

      1 to 4 p.m. — Draft horse pull, Isola Arena

      2 p.m. — Grape stomp preliminary heat, Grape Stomp Stage; Chili Cook-Off tasting, Olsrud Arena/Grass Area; Dancing Morgans, Barker Barn; Dave Nourie BMX, Compton paved lot

      2:45 p.m. — Jason Johnston, Harvest Fair Stage

      4 p.m. — Grape stomp finals, Grape Stomp Stage

      4:30 p.m. — Oregon Rain, Harvest Fair Stage

      5 p.m. — Dancing Morgans, Barker Barn; Big R/Jackson County Stockmen's Association Club calf sale, Compton Arena

      Sunday, Sept. 28

      10 a.m. — Southern Oregon Brewfest, Olsrud Arena, all day; food and crafts exhibits, Compton Arena, all day; Southern Oregon Kennel Club ear and eye clinic and agility demonstration, Compton grass; Annie the Clown, Children's Area

      11 a.m. — Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Drill Team, Barker Barn; Stock Dog Trials, Krouse Barn; Will McLaughlin Dutch Oven Cooking, Compton grass east end

      11:15 a.m. — Modern Prometheus, Harvest Fair Stage

      Noon — Grape stomp preliminary heat, Grape Stomp Stage; pumpkin carving, Compton south deck; pumpkin painting, Children's Area

      12:30 p.m. — Chili Cook-Off, Olsrud Arena/grass area

      1 p.m. — Billy Rock, Harvest Fair Stage; Will McLaughlin Dutch Oven Cooking, Compton grass east end

      1 to 4 p.m. — Draft horse pull, Isola Arena; Big R/Jackson County Stockmen's Heifer Futurity, Compton Arena

      2 p.m. — Grape stomp preliminary heat, Grape Stomp Stage; Chili Cook-Off tasting, Olsrud Arena/grass area; Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Drill Team, Barker Barn, Compton paved lot

      2:45 p.m. — Rhythm Kings, Harvest Fair Stage

      4 p.m. — Grape stomp finals, Grape Stomp Stage

      4:30 p.m. — Big R/Jackson County Stockmen's Heifer Futurity Sale, Compton Arena; Rogue Suspects, Harvest Fair Stage

      5 p.m. — Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Drill Team, Barker Barn
  • Kicking off this weekend, the Jackson County Harvest Fair is what fairgrounds Manager Chris Borovansky likes to call a labor of love.
    "We like to say it's all the work of the county fair with none of the revenue," he muses.
    The Harvest Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.
    The fall festival began some two decades ago as a noncommercial celebration of the local harvest. It has since expanded to include everything from draft horse pulling and a chili cook-off to paint ball, a BMX demonstration and local bands.
    Highlights include the locally renowned Dancing Morgans, Southern Oregon Brewfest, stock dog trials, grape stomping and kids' activities such as face painting, Annie the Clown and pumpkin carving.
    Then there's the main focus: competitions and exhibits galore by amateur growers, cooks and knitters. They include food preservation, cakes and apple pies, photography, floriculture and Christmas tree displays, hobbies and crafts, amateur beer and wine, and a heifer futurity.
    Fairgoers will also find the tallest weed, the most unusual melon, and the best examples of tomatoes, pumpkins, berries and potatoes the Rogue Valley has to offer, just to name a few of the hundreds of local produce offerings.
    "It's really a great value because once you get in the door, everything is free," Borovansky said.
    He said this year's event is bigger than recent years, with a push to bring more recognition to the local effort.
    "Not as many people seem to know about the Harvest Fair," Borovansky said. "The county fair during the summer is pretty early, so there's not as large a selection (of produce) available or a chance to see what's available locally. This is a really nice chance to see some things you might not otherwise get to."
    Fairgoers also can enjoy a variety of wine and food, including Cajun, Mexican, Asian, Italian, American and bakery favorites.
    "It might not be the summer fair, but it's like a three-ring circus. There's just a lot going on all the time."
    Admission is $6, free for children ages 12 and younger. See jcfairgrounds.com or call 774-8270 for details.
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