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County fair is truly a welcomed event

August 06, 2013

If it's the first full week of August, then that can only mean one thing locally: It's fair time in Polk County.

We're sure things will be a little chaotic Wednesday morning at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Events Center. You see, last-minute preparations are being wrapped up for this year's Polk County Fair. There are animals that need grooming, flowers that need arranging ... you get the idea.

The good news is meteorologists are predicting -- do we dare believe what they say? -- near-perfect weather, with highs in the mid-80s for this week's fair, which opens to the public Thursday at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday, when the fair closes its four-day run at 6 p.m.

It seems hard to believe, but we're well into August and the 94th Polk County Fair -- one of the area's biggest events of the year -- is already upon us. County fair time is one of our favorite weeks of the year. There is something about the Polk County Fair that warms the heart and brings a twinkle to the eyes of many, young and old alike.

Fairs take us back to a simpler time in our lives, something we all too often overlook in our hectic day-to-day existences. It is also one of the rare times when people representing all areas of Polk County -- from the West Valley communities of Grand Ronde and Willamina to Pedee and Perrydale, Dallas and West Salem to Monmouth and Independence -- come together as one. That's what makes the annual Polk County Fair and its old-fashioned, small-town feel a special event.

Our fair provides us with a strong reminder of Polk County's agricultural heritage and its continued dependence on agriculture for its local economic base. It solidifies the rural roots that so many of us appreciate and why we have chosen to live and work in the area. It is an outlet for hard work, the blood, sweat and tears that so many of the county's 4-H and FFA members have put into their projects. It's a celebration of what our county is all about.

We say head to the fair as, this year, it's time for some "Farm Fresh Family Fun." Have a corn dog, some cotton candy and a cold beverage. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the fair and soak up what makes our area so special. Most of all, have a good time. We know we will.

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