By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Fair features 'Music, Magic, Memories'

  • An angry, 1,500-pound bull tossing a cowboy from its back as easily as you might brush away a fly. (Bulls and barrels starts at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, full rodeo shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday)
  • A determined pig, just escaped from the livestock auction, followed at a run by an even more determined FFA youth. (Auction starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday)
  • Old cars revving up for the demolition derby. (6:30 p.m. Saturday)
  • Country singers Eli Young, Joe Diffie or John Michael Montgomery (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, respectively) or the rock act Quiet Riot (Saturday).
  • Robots battling to prove which is best. (4 p.m. Thursday)
  • Your neighbors heading for the talent show stage, where their son or daughter is about to compete. (7 p.m. Thursday)
  • Your own name beneath a blue ribbon in the Wiser Horticulture Pavillion, where plants, flower arrangements, fruits and vegetables and other produce items are displayed. (Horticulture and floriculture items can still be entered today, July 29!)

All those things and plenty more will be featured at the four-day event, which brings together people, animals, products and produce from all over Yamhill County. The fair will run 10 a.m. to midnight each day under the theme “Music, Magic and Memories.”

At any given moment, you’ll have your choice of numerous activities — the carnival, animal shows, entertainment and so forth. You can just browse the booths lining the fairgrounds’ pathways, pick up a snack or a meal from one of the food vendors or check out what’s blooming in the horticulture area. Or you can settled into a seat in the shade and watch people and animals pass by.

The Yamhill County Fair is an annual tradition that dates back to 1854, making it Oregon’s oldest. The first fair, held in Lafayette, featured horses, hogs, sheep, vegetables, quilts and other items — all of which are still part of the fair today.

This year’s fair admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. However, children under 12 get in free if they arrive before 3 p.m. And seniors will qualify for discounted admission of $6 on Thursday.

Passes good for the entire fair run $20 for adults and $7.50 for children.

The price covers the entire day. You can come in the morning, have your hand stamped when you leave, then return for a concert or the rodeo in the evening, as they are included with regular admission.

Concert seating is first-come, first-served, except for VIP seating near the stage, which runs $7 extra per concert and sells out quickly. Plan ahead if you want to see your favorite artist.

Parking on the fairgrounds costs $3. Carnival rides also cost extra, but package deals are available, including all-day ride passes for $20 if you buy them in advance. 

For a detailed schedule, visit For more information, call 503-434-7524.


  • What: Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo
  • Where: Fairgrounds on Lafayette Avenue in McMinnville
  • When: 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 2
  • Why: Rodeo shows at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; talent contest 7 p.m. Thursday; livestock auction 12:30 p.m. Saturday; demolition derby 6:30 p.m. Saturday; big-name concerts at 9 every night
  • How: Standard admission $10 adults and $7.50 for children, but children admitted free until 3 p.m. and seniors admitted for $6 Thursday


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