The Camas County Fair kicks off its summer celebration in Fairfield on Wednesday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 3. The fair's theme for this year is "Clowning Around Under the Big Top" and festivities include the 20th anniversary of the Ms. Prairie Dog contest, bed races, parade, street, dance, 4-H judging and 4-H livestock show and sale.
Open class entries will be accepted at the Legion Hall on Wednesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, there will be a 4-H horse show at the McLam residence. Open class entries at the Legion Hall will continue to be accepted on Thursday, July 31, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The fair will feature Extreme, Inc II inflatable rides all week and on Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. the Apex Foundation is sponsoring free rides. In addition, there will be bingo as well as food and drinks available.
A community potluck picnic will take place on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. followed by the Ms. Prairie Dog contest at 7 p.m. at the 4-H park in Fairfield. Participants are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert as well as plates and utensils.
The fair's main events will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at 8 a.m. with a 4-H livestock show. Other events include the annual library book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the 4-H livestock buyers' barbecue at noon followed by a parade on Main Street at 1 p.m. with Grand Marshals Ina Krahn and Clarice Frostensor. Line-up for the parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the football field on the west edge of Fairfield.
Saturday events will continue with a volleyball tournament at 2 p.m. followed by pig wrestling at 5 p.m., which is sponsored by the Soldier Mountain Ski Patrol. At 5:30 p.m., Dollarhide Cyclery will conduct the Cruiser Criterion, which will be followed by the bed race at 7 p.m., which will take place on Main Street.
Entries for the bed race must be a twin-size bed or larger and human powered. Five-member teams and beds must be under control with four pushers and one rider with a switch of riders at the turn around point. The fair's theme, "Clowning Around Under the Big Top," is encouraged for bed décor. The bed race will be followed by a dance with live music in the ballpark at 9 p.m.
The fair will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 3, with an American Legion Breakfast on Main Street from 7 to 10 a.m. followed by church in the park at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs for the service. The day will end with live music by Johnny U and Mark Hansen in the park from 1 to 5 p.m.
For details on entries and activities, call (208) 764-2230.