By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Calling all scarecrows, and other creations

Enter your creations in the Yamhill County Fair

Anyone can enter the Yamhill County Fair's open class divisions, which include contests for everything from the best pears to the best pickles to the best poetry.

Entering is free. Just be sure to follow the rules for the times and dates to turn in entries and how to prepare them. The "specialty seeds" division, for instance, calls for a half-pint jar of seeds. The "home brew" division calls for two bottles of homemade beer. To enter the division for crocheted potholders, you'll need to submit two.

For the scarecrow contest, individuals or groups need to build a scarecrow that's between 2 and 7 feet tall. It must have some kind of stable base or be able to sit or stand by itself. The scarecrow must be accompanied by a story written on 8 1/2 by 11 paper when it's submitted between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Scarecrows and other horticulture entries, along with food items, are submitted on July 30, the day before the fair opens. Most other entries, which aren't perishable, are due on the afternoon of Saturday, July 27.

The Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo will run Wednesday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 3. Animal events, rodeo shows, big-name concerts and plenty of other entertainments are scheduled daily.

Fair admission will be $10 per day for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 after 3 p.m.; earlier, kids 12 and younger will be admitted free. Parking on the fairgrounds costs $3 per day.

For more information about the fair, including entry information, consult the Yamhll County Fair & Rodeo book, available from the fairgrounds office, local stores and online at Or call the fair office, at 503-434-7524.


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