The New Lincoln County Fair will return for a fifth year of free fun this holiday weekend, presenting a packed lineup of games, exhibits, live music and more from Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7.

Last year’s event saw roughly 20,000 visitors pass through the gates of Newport’s Lincoln County Commons, and organizers are expecting a similar turnout this year.

Among the free attractions are bouncy houses, 4-H animals and exhibits, food vendors, games and a full slate of live music courtesy of the 2019 Rock White and Blue Music Festival, which showcases the rich musical talent of the Oregon Coast. Local singer Casey Epps from the band Smoke Wagon will be singing the National Anthem on Friday night.

Amid all the excellent contemporary rock, blues and jazz, one featured act will offer an entirely different kind of rhythm.

The Thunder & Lightness World Beat Ensemble offers multicultural traditional and indigenous rhythm and song on handcrafted wooden hand drums and Native American flutes and has played the Lincoln County Fair for nearly a decade.

The group features the Newport Community Drum Circle’s Chandler Davis on the drums and Osage Nation tribal member Terry Flier on the flutes, along with numerous surprise special guests. The group’s unique arrangements are inspired by the authentic rhythms of various ancient cultures including West African, Latin American, Native American and Middle Eastern and the energy level is high.

“Some people think of our music as exotic or strange and it does follow somewhat different rules,” Davis said, “but it’s actually where the rhythms at the heart of most contemporary popular music came from. It’s really the same music, just older by a few thousand years and closer to the primal emotional and biological origins of music.”

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The only part of the weekend’s events that carries an admission charge is the NPRA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6.

The rodeo offers plenty of excitement exploding from every chute, with events including team roping, calf roping, steer wresting, barrel racing, bareback bronc, saddle bronc and bull riding.

Tickets, $12.50 on Friday and $14 for the finals on Saturday, are available online at as well as from JC Market Thriftway in Newport and the Barge Inn on the Historic Bayfront.

Slack events for the rodeo will take place on both Friday after the big show, beginning at about 8 pm, and Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 am. The two slack events are open and free to the public for viewing.

Rock White and Blue Music Festival lineup

Thursday, July 4

10-11 am: Bruce Moore

Noon-1:30 pm: Code Blue Band

2-3:30 pm: 45th Parallel

4-5 pm: Donnie MacFarlane

5:30-7 pm: T Ray and the Shades

7:30-9 pm: Hang ‘Em High

Friday, July 5

10-11:30 am: Thunder & Lightness Drums

Noon-1 pm: Unplugged

1:30-3:30 pm: Bay Haven Karaoke All Stars

4-5:30 pm: UNDRTOW

6-7 pm: Left Edge Jazz

7:30-9 pm: Bucket List

Saturday, July 6

10-11 am: Eric Levine

11:30 am-1 pm: Past Forward

1:15-1:45 pm: Jill Ledet

2-3:30 pm: Revolution

4-5:30 pm: Riptyde

6-7 pm: Saundra Perrin

7:30-9 pm: Southern Crossings

Sunday, July 7

10-11:30 am: Smoke Wagon

Noon-1:30 pm: Sitka

2-5 pm: Bay Haven Jam

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