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37. 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 12-16 at the Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

The headline acts include country music’s Eli Young Band Wednesday, July 12, singer-songwriter Daya Thursday, July 13, rock band Everclear and rockers Smash Mouth Friday, July 14, and comedian Gabriel Iglesias Saturday, July 15.

In addition to the big names playing in the amphitheater, more than 30 acts will perform daily on the Center Stage, including magician Hart Keene, who will appear Wednesday-Saturday.

Other attractions include Walk on the Wildside exotic animals, a mechanical bull, Water Bubbles (large, inflatable water-walking balls), the Pirate’s Parrot Show, a petting zoo, The Fair Marketplace, DIRT Park Learning Center, Bi-Mart Toddler Zone, a rock-climbing wall, Lego competition, Great American Pig Racing, Annie the Clown, and the fifth annual JCSA Ranch Rodeo.

Fair Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m​. Sunday. For details about this year’s fair, see www.attheexpo.com/sectionindex.asp?sectionid=2 or call 541-774-8270.

The Great American Pig Races are a big draw at the Jackson County Fair. [Mail Tribune / file photo]