The Jackson County Fair hopes to break its attendance records this year with top-notch headliners, including comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, country music’s Eli Young Band, singer-songwriter Daya, rock band Everclear and rockers Smash Mouth.
Started in 1859 as a showcase for homemade baked goods, quilts and livestock, the Jackson County Fair expects to serve over 80,000 fairgoers this year Wednesday through Sunday, July 12-16, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.
Comedian Iglesias, who takes the amphitheater stage on Saturday, is also an actor, writer, producer and voice actor. His works have been on Comedy Central, Disney and Fuse TV. His most popular shows are “I'm Not Fat … I'm Fluffy” and “Hot & Fluffy.” Iglesias recently canceled some of his shows in March because of “health and emotional issues,” but since has continued “Fluffymania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy.” Reserved tickets to his show on Saturday are sold out, but lawn seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Country music’s Eli Young Band, best known for hits “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night,” will headline the fair on Wednesday. The band released its album “Fingerprints” this year — the album hit No. 1 on the iTunes Country charts within the first day of release.
Singer-songwriter Daya, originally from Pittsburgh, will headline on Thursday. Daya won the 2017 Grammy for Best Dance Recording for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers. She has had three EPs in the Billboard Top 40 since her debut in 2015.
Rock band Everclear and rockers Smash Mouth will both perform on Friday. Everclear, a rock band formed in Portland, is best known for three of its albums, “Sparkle and Fade,” “So Much for the Afterglow,” and “Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile.” In April 2015, the band released a ninth studio album, titled, “Black is the New Black.”
Rock band Smash Mouth, from San Jose, California, found its success in the '90s with “Walkin On the Sun” and “All Star.” The band also gained national recognition with songs featured in the animated movie “Shrek” in 2001. When not performing at county fairs, Smash Mouth is active on social media — the band often gets into Twitter feuds with fans and foes alike.
The fair also features more than 30 other artists with entertainment starting at noon every day, including magic shows performed by Portland-based magician Hart Keene. Keene performs interactive magic and mentalism, a combination of sleight-of-hand, psychological illusions and comedy. According to his website, Keene has performed for Nike, Intel, Microsoft and Life Technologies and around the Northwest for over 10 years. His shows are at the Center Stage every day at 3 p.m. and also at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.
Many of the traditional fair activities, such as 4-H and FFA showmanship competitions and auctions, open-class creative arts and carnival rides will run throughout the week. The Wildside Exotic Animal program will feature a new dragon lizard, among other exotic animals. Ranch Rodeo and church services are on Sunday with free admission.
Tickets for the concerts are available for $30, $35 and $40 online at www.attheexpo.com. Lawn seating is included in fair admission, but not guaranteed. Advanced fair admission for adults is $10. Free admission is available for children under 12 and adults over 75 years old.
Parking will be available for free, according to the fair’s website. Fairgoers can also take public transportation for $1 from Crater High School’s football stadium parking lot every half hour starting at 10:30 a.m. or from the Rogue Valley Mall every hour starting at 10:30 a.m.