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Concert tickets, fair admission, wristbands now available

Those planning ahead for their Jackson County Fair fun can save by purchasing discounted carnival wristbands, fair admission and concert tickets now at Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less stores in Medford. With the theme "Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels," the 2015 Jackson County Fair runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 22-25, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.Concert lawn seating and numerous activities are included with the cost of fair admission. Advance fair tickets cost $9 for ages 13 and older, $5 for seniors 62-74 and free for seniors older than 75. Reserved seats for headliner concerts, with advance prices ranging from $30 and $40, include admission to the fair with the ticket. Daily activities included with admission include a live music festival with more than 30 bands performing on the Expo Center Stage, a "Walk on the Wild Side" exotic animal presentation, a Butterfly Adventure live butterfly educational event, an all-ages petting zoo, and gardening and composting presentations at the Dirt Park Learning Center. Headliner events included with day's admission include:

  • Bullriding Competition — Coastal Farm and Ranch will present its Challenge of the Champions Bullriding competition, featuring 35 cowboys who will face off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.
  • Hard-Rock Event — Boasting seven top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Canadian hard-rock and alternative band Theory of a Deadman will perform hits such as "Bad Girlfriend" and "Lowlife" at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23. Opening for the band will be Eugene-based hard-rock band Fallen Theory.
  • Classic-Rock Event — Early 1980s chart-toppers 38 Special will bring their blend of Southern rock and pop, and perform hit singles such as "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up In You" and "Rockin' into the Night" at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. Opening for the band will be Southern Oregon rock 'n roll band The Legendary Goodtimes.
  • Country Concert — CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge will perform hit single "Don't Ya," Billboard's No. 1 single on Country Airplay in 2014, and his latest single, "Mean to Me," at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Opening will be Nashville duo Lace and Lead.
  • Ranch Rodeo — A competition between cowboys from working ranches will include events such as stock horse, calf breeding, ranch sorting, calf roping, ranch doctoring and wild cow milking throughout the day Sunday, July 26.
For a complete schedule of fair events and information, see www.attheexpo.com.