Volunteers prepare for May’s Multnomah County Fair

Here’s a sneak preview of this year’s Multnomah County Fair, to be held on Memorial Day weekend …

Here, taking a break from planning the 2019 Multnomah County Fair, are Oaks Amusement Park CEO Brandon Roben, Fair Vice President Francis Cop, Logistics Assistant Steve Higgs, Fair Manager Cheryl Jones, and Friends of MCF President Larry Smith. They are shown riding the iconic Herschell–Spillman Noah’s Ark Carousel at Oaks Amusement Park.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

“Honoring Those Who Serve” is the announced theme of the 113th Multnomah County Fair (MCF), coming to historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park over Memorial Day weekend.

“New at the fair this year – on opening day, Saturday, May 25 – will be an event called ‘The Dog Days of Spring at the Fair’, featuring a dog parade, costume judging [to register, contact junglewild@gmail.com], and also dog agility and canine training demonstrations,” happily reported Friends of MCF Chair Larry Smith, during an April planning session.

At a planning meeting, Oaks Park’s Marketing & Events Director Emily MacKay (at right, in pink) checks schedule details.

“Also new this year is ‘Bugs Galore and More’, where guests can walk through a jungle atmosphere and view all sorts of creepy crawlies, including bugs and reptiles,” Smith told East Portland News.

The Oaks Dance Pavilion will feature the traditional fair competitions for ribbons and cash awards. “To be more ecologically friendly this year, the MCF is not mailing out the Fair Exhibitor Handbook, so please get entry forms, times, and dates from our website [CLICK HERE to open it]” Smith announced.

At last year’s Multnomah County Fair, guests enjoyed meeting 4-H members’ pets.

Saturday is also 4-H Day at the fair, in which local kids compete for prizes. Sunday features a talent show where kids of all ages will vie for trophies and cash awards.

“Returning is our Vendor Midway, with great shopping and fair food vendors,” reminded Smith.

Hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.

Gate admission to the fair and parking are free!  Oaks Amusement Park is located at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 97202, near the east end of the Sellwood Bridge.

To learn more about this year’s Multnomah County Fair at their website: CLICK HERE .

From mild, to wild – like Oaks Amusement Park’s Screamin’ Eagle – all of the rides will be running, at family-friendly prices.

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