For more than a century the Tillamook County Fair has served as a spectacular gathering place for folks to come together to showcase their talents, enjoy great food, listen to live music, reunite with family and friends and make memories to last a lifetime. And this year will be no different as the highly anticipated event kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.
“For me it’s in my DNA and I think that’s what it’s like for a lot of people here,” said Tillamook County Commissioner Bill Baertlein. “It’s an old-fashioned family fair and for many of us, we just grew up with the fair.”
This year’s theme is Country Nights and Carnival Lights with a jammed-pack schedule of fun for everyone from 10 am to 10 pm each day. Opening ceremonies get underway on Wednesday at 10 am on the courtyard stage, with an introduction of the Fair Board, local and state dignitaries, a presentation of the flag and the national anthem.
This year’s main act is Sugar Ray slated on Friday Aug. 9. Sugar Ray’s breakthrough hit song “Fly” put them on the charts in 1997. Following the success of their number-one hit, Sugar Ray released its second album, “Floored,” which went double-platinum.
The lineup also includes Street Drum Corps which started in Los Angeles in 2004 and is known worldwide. Using unique instruments such as buckets, garbage cans, drum kits and kitchenware, they attract big crowds. Find them rockin’ all around the Fairgrounds and on the Courtyard Stage Wednesday at 12:45 pm and Friday at 3 pm.
Also on hand will be Evan Egerer, known nationwide for his performances using only a guitar and loop pedal. You can watch him perform on the Courtyard Stage Wednesday at 1 pm and 3:30 pm.
Don’t miss the Oregon Bird Man who has been doing wildlife presentations for over 25 years in Oregon, Maryland, Washington and California. These shows are family friendly and educational, providing up close and personal viewings. The Oregon Bird Man will be in the Skating Rink on Wednesday and Thursday. Show times are 12:30 pm, 3 pm, and 5:30 pm.
Up for a few laughs? Check out Jeff Martin Sleightly Amazing — Seriously Funny Entertainment. Jeff and his wife Pam are on the road for as much as nine months out of every year. Jeff performs at fairs and festivals, grad nights, school and more. He has been performing and bringing his special blend of magic and comedy to events for over 25 years. Find him on the Courtyard Stage every day of the fair.
Touring hypnotist and magician Joe Black will be performing every afternoon and evening of the fair on the Courtyard Stage and leaves audiences mesmerized and coming back for more.
More music includes Big Foot Mojo performing bluegrass, old blues, gypsy jazz and more with a variety of instruments. They’ll be playing Thursday from 2:15pm on the Courtyard Stage.
Perry Gerber Band will be performing on Thursday at 7 pm on the Courtyard Stage. Playing retro 60’s rock, Perry has opened for Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw, toured with Sara Evans and The North Santiam Band.
Known as “The World’s Best Blues Tribute”, The Brothers of Blues and Cash in Black will be performing on the Courtyard Stage Saturday at 6:15 pm. You can find them in black suits, porkpie hats and dark shades playing “soulful sounds of those pharaohs of funk.” Dave Koenig’s Brothers of Blues, has been a featured performer and entertainer at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida for over 15 years and holds the official Ripley’s record for singing “Soul Man.” His partner in crime, Lynn (Lloyd) LaFrance performs his unique Johnny Cash show “Cash in Black” for audiences nationwide. Lynn was a resident of Tillamook and graduated from Tillamook High School.
The fair is also readying for four days of Pig-N-Ford racing with the World Championships Saturday evening, along with Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing everyday starting at 1 pm. The Dairy Done Right Lounge will be in the Skating Rink on Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 pm, both sponsored by Tillamook County Creamery Association. For the younger fair goers, Fair Acres will be open with educational exhibits and hands on experiences, with Brad’s World Reptiles making an appearance.
Local dance groups are set to show off their talent, along with the Birdsong family and the popular Ice Cream Tasting Contest sponsored by the Tillamook County Dairy Women.
“The Tillamook County Fair is all about having a space where people can come together, meet and have a wonderful time,” said Fairgrounds Manager Camy VonSeggern. “My favorite is the Courtyard because it’s kind of like the hub where you can feel part of it all.”
For a complete schedule of events and other details, visit https://www.tillamookfair.com/events.