Baker County Fair boasts variety
BAKER CITY — This year’s Baker County Fair will have a ramped-up Kids Zone, free concerts, dance lessons, and all the regular fair happenings. Then it caps off with a demolition derby.
All animals will be in place by noon Aug. 9, and that’s when the fair opens to the public. Admission is free.
Wednesday evening features a family game of “Human Hungry Hippo” at 7 p.m., and a free outdoor movie at dark.
The fair’s Kids Zone opens at noon Thursday in the Leo Adler Field and continues during the fair’s open hours through 6 p.m. Saturday. Activities include a straw bale maze, giant versions of the games Jenga and Connect 4, and four different inflatables — a bounce house and slide for the younger kids, and two others that will appeal to older kids, said Angie Turner, fair manager.
Admission to the Kids Zone is $5 for an all-day pass. Turner said volunteers are welcome to help at the Kids Zone, as well.
Three live concerts are planned for fair week. Admission is free for all.
The first is Jessie Leigh, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday. According to her website, www.jessieleighofficial.com, after playing her first live show in 2014, Leigh’s music career took off. Soon after her first solo show, she began forming her own band and started writing songs. In her first year on the scene, Leigh opened for a number of national acts including Chris Janson, Kenny Chesney, Craig Campbell and Josh Gracin. Leigh and her band also won the 2015 Battle of the Bands, played at the Oregon Jamboree, and began touring in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana and Nevada.
Friday’s concert features Briana Renea, starting at 7 p.m. Renea grew up on a rural farm in Canby. Her musical style is a mixture of rock and country, influenced by her childhood musical preferences of ’80s rock and ’90s country. To learn more, visit www.brianarenea.com.
Nate Botsford closes out the series of fair concerts with his show at 11 a.m. Saturday. Botsford is based in Portland, and his career has seen up to 300 shows a year for the last five years. According to his website, www.natebotsfordmusic.com, he has shared the stage with Eric Hutchinson, Barenaked Ladies, James Bay, Ingrid Michaelson and Lukas Graham. His music is influenced by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and his big-band pianist grandfather.
The Oregon State University country western dance club will lead dance lessons at 6 p.m. Friday, prior to Renea’s concert.
The annual Demolition Derby, a fundraiser for the Haines Stampede Rodeo Association, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the rodeo grounds.
Spectator gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Half time will again feature a freestyle show.
Admission is $15 adults, $8 children ages 5-12. For information, call 541-379-5174.