Funnel cake and elephant ears. Lemonade and slushies. Deep fried Twinkies and something Deschutes calls “Tortatoes.” All of this and more can be found at the 99th Annual Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo Aug. 1-5.
Held at the Deschutes County Expo Center, the five-day event is a fully booked fair, carnival and rodeo. BendBroadband is a proud sponsor of the rodeo at the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo.
The fair features Deschutes’ 4-H and Oregon’s FFA programs, providing a lot to see when it comes to participants featuring their animals and other projects. The fair opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday. The daily price for adults is $12; $7 for children ages 6-12 and those over 62 years old; and free for those ages 5 and under!
Included with your fair admission is also access to the nightly concerts at the fair, featuring America, Big & Rich, Grand Funk Railroad and Gary Allan. For concert admission, a free concert pass is available at any central Oregon McDonald’s restaurant every Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. prior to the fair. Each night, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m.
Also included with your fair admission is free access to the rodeo Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve.
The talent show is also open to any Deschutes County residents wishing to show off their talent. All audition materials must be submitted electronically by Saturday, July 21. A total of 24 acts will be chosen to compete on Aug. 2. Only three individuals from each age bracket will be showcased on Aug. 4.
The 99th Fair & Rodeo also includes for two carnivals! This year, both the Davis Shows Northwest and FAMILYVILLE will be at the fairgrounds. Pre-sale carnival wristbands can be purchased ahead of time for $29 at all central Oregon Bi-Mart stores through July 31. Starting Aug. 1, they can only be purchased for $36 at the fairgrounds.
BendBroadband will have a booth at the fair on Sunday. Stop by our booth at the fairgrounds and join the fun!