See up-to-date fair coverage here — It wouldn't be summertime without a county fair. The size of the event and the slate of attractions don't matter. There will always be a baked pie, a jar of homemade jam and a fat pig or calf to show off — and live music in the Lithia Amphitheatre.
It wouldn't be summertime without a county fair. The size of the event and the slate of attractions don't matter. There will always be a baked pie, a jar of homemade jam and a fat pig or calf to show off — and live music in the Lithia Amphitheatre.
The 2013 Jackson County Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, July 16-20, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.
Despite talk of financial trouble, the fair looks to be as big as ever with new attractions, more "family value" (aka free activities) and reduced admission.
Mainstays such as livestock auctions, 4-H exhibits, carnival rides and dozens of food vendors, serving an assortment of fried foods, will be at their usual places, but as this year's theme — "It's A New Fair Every Day" — promises, the fair's program changes daily.
Watch the Olate Dogs, winners of NBC's 2012 "America's Got Talent" competition, do back flips, jump rope and perform other routines Tuesday and Wednesday in the Compton Arena. The arena also will be the stage for freestyle motocross riders on Thursday, the Maddog Bullriding contest on Friday, a monster truck and quad extravaganza on Saturday, and Jackson County Stockmen's Association's Ranch Rodeo on Sunday. All these events are free with the price of admission.
Outside the arena, kids can participate in mutton busting, see wild felines up close, watch a bear perform tricks on a ball, interact with hypnotist Richard Barker's robot, and, for an additional fee, ride camels named Big Al and Tonto. Look for a comprehensive schedule of events at www.attheexpo.com.
Barker also will present an intriguing show at 5 and 7:20 p.m. every day on the Showcase Stage, near the fair's "food court."
Every evening, the Showcase Stage also will feature back-to-back concerts by local talents, including the swingin' Rhythm Kings, country-rock band The Roadsters, guitarist Robbie DaCosta, old-school blues vocalist Cee Cee James, country duo Jason Johnston and Michael Boren, and young indie rock band The Seaons — Britt's 2013 Artist in Residence. Concerts on the Showcase Stage are free.
This year's Lithia Amphitheater headliners are parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic and Christian rock band Third Day.
Yankovic is one of the most successful comedy recording artists in history, having sold more than 12 million albums and garnering three Grammy awards. He is at the end of his "Apocalypse" tour. The studio album, released in June 2011, parodies Lady Gaga ("Perform This Way"), Miley Cyrus ("Party In The CIA" ), Taylor Swift ("TMZ" ), B.o.B ("Another Tattoo" ) and T.I. ("Whatever You Like").
Another track, "Polka Face," is a medley of accordion-driven versions of songs by famous pop artists, such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Pink and others.
Tickets cost $52 for VIP seating, $37 for reserved seating and $22 for general admission, and are available at www.4dtixx.com or by calling 1-855-443-8499.
Georgia's Third Day, featuring lead vocalist Mac Powell, bassist Tai Anderson, drummer David Carr and guitarist Mark Lee, performs Wednesday at the amphitheater. Over the past two decades, the band has won four Grammy Awards and 24 Dove Awards, and released one platinum and eight gold albums. Third Day's 12th and most recent project, "Miracle," was released late in 2012 and features rock anthems alongside bluesy southern numbers and worship songs, highlighting the band's signature, life-affirming lyrics.
Colton Dixon, a finalist on American Idol, and former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler will open the show. Tickets cost $75 for VIP seating, $35 for reserved, and $17.50 for general admission. Tickets are available at Evangel Parable bookstore, at www.4dtixx.com or by calling 1-855-443-8499.
Present concert tickets at the gate on the day of the concert for free admission to the fair.
Fair admission is $10, $6 for seniors ages 62 to 74 and children ages 6 to 11, and free for seniors ages 75 and older and children ages 5 and younger. Tickets will be $3 for children ages 6 to 11 on Tuesday, $3 for seniors on Wednesday, $6 for active or retired veterans on Thursday, and are buy-one-get-one-free on Sunday.
Parking at The Expo costs $4. For $1, fairgoers can catch a bus from Crater High School's football stadium parking lot to The Expo. Buses leave every half-hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. The last bus leaves the fair's North Gate entrance at midnight.