Lots of live music, a larger carnival midway, fair food and activities galore highlight the 2014 Jackson County Fair in Central Point.

Lots of live music, a larger carnival midway, fair food and activities galore highlight the 2014 Jackson County Fair in Central Point.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, July 15-19, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Admission costs $10, $6 for adults ages 62-74 and free for kids 12 and younger and adults 75 and older. Admission to the fair is free to everyone on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at Black Bird Shopping Center, 1810 W. Main St., Medford, Food 4 Less, 2230 Biddle Road, Medford, Sherm's Thunderbird Market, 2347 W. Main St., Medford, and at the gates.

New at this year's fair is a music festival featuring more than 30 acts who will appear throughout the week on three stages at The Expo. Headliner acts Wynonna & the Big Noise will play Tuesday, July 15, Mark Chesnutt on Thursday, July 17, and The Guess Who on Saturday, July 19, in the Lithia Motors Amphitheater. The shows begin at 8 p.m.

The Main Stage adjacent to the Mace Building and the Ranch Stage in front of Compton Arena will include rock, blues, jazz, country, funk and R&B from regional artists Jeff Stanley, Danielle Kelly, Mercy, The Seaons, Ben Rice & the Illmatics, The Rogue Suspects, Bishop Mayfield, Ponderosa Breeze, Colonel Mustard and others.

In addition, Southern Oregon's Got Talent will hold auditions and showcase acts at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday on the Main Stage.

From 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday night, Kiss FM's DJ Gemineye will spin top 40 music for dance parties on the Teen Stage.

All live music is free to attend with fair admission. Reserved seating for the Lithia Amphitheater shows costs $15, $20 or $30 in advance, or $20, $25 or $35 at the gate. Reserved ticket prices are in addition to fair admission.

The Padgham Pavilion will host exhibits from 4-H and Future Farmers of America, as well as competitive community exhibits of livestock, horses, quilts, baked goods, art and more.

This year's carnival midway offers a bigger selection of rides than ever before, according to fair officials. Spin, whirl, glide and slide through the carnival on attractions such as the Ring of Fire, Zipper, carousel, bumper cars, super slides and an illuminated gondola Ferris wheel. All-day wristbands are available at the fair office for $25 in advance, $30 at the fair.

Younger fairgoers will have a slew of events in this year's Kids' Zone. Daily attractions include a petting zoo, butterfly exhibit and camel rides. From open to close Tuesday through Thursday, Compton Arena will allow kids to get up close to semi-trucks, delivery trucks and more during the "Touch a Truck" attraction. Kids 3 to 6 can participate in Mutton Bustin' at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon Sunday. The Kids' Zone also includes a separate group of carnival rides.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Compton Arena will host the Maddog Bull Riding Challenge of Champions, and at 11 a.m. Sunday, 15 teams of cowboys from Oregon and California will compete in the second annual Ranch Rodeo. The three-man teams will compete in calf branding, stock horse, sorting, calf roping, doctoring and wild cow milking.

Parking at The Expo will cost $4. The Crater High School football stadium lot, 655 N. Third St., Central Point, also will be open for parking. Shuttles between The Expo and Crater High will run every half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to midnight. The round-trip shuttle costs $1.

For information and a complete schedule of events, see www.attheexpo.com, call 541-774-8270 or download the fair's new iPhone app from the Apple App Store.