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Jackson County Fair

The Jackson County Fair began in 1859 as a showcase for pies, jams, quilts, livestock and new inventions. Today it is a summertime festival replete with carnival rides, a rodeo, headline acts, dozens of vendors, food, animal exhibitions and 4-H and FFA projects.

The Jackson County Fair runs this year from July 20 to 24 at the Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

The headline acts are country music star Craig Morton (Wednesday, July 20), hard rock band Queensrÿche (Thursday, July 21), country-western singer Gary Allan (Friday, July 22) and veteran pop rocker Eddie Money (Saturday, July 23).

In addition to the big names playing in the amphitheater, more than 25 acts will perform daily on the Center Stage.

Other attractions include Butterfly Adventure, Walk on the Wildside Exotic Animals, a mechanical bull, a rock-climbing wall, water bubbles (large, inflatable, water-walking balls), The Pirate’s Parrot Show, a petting zoo and the Dirt Park Learning Center.

On Saturday, July 23, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum will come to the fair, with lots of exhibits and tinkering activities, along with ScienceLive shows every hour from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.​

On Sunday, July 24, the fourth annual JCSA Ranch Rodeo will kick off at 11 a.m. featuring 15 three-man teams from Oregon and California competing in six events: calf branding, stock horse, sorting, calf roping, doctoring and wild cow milking.

For details about this year's fair, see www.attheexpo.com/sectionindex.asp?sectionid=2 or call 541-774-8270.

Rides light up the night sky at the 2013 Jackson County Fair. Mail Tribune file photo