Jackson County Fairgrounds experienced a remarkable turnout on Friday, July 14, as fairgoers flocked in large numbers to enjoy a day filled with excitement and entertainment. With a focus on safety and fun, attendees made the most of shaded areas, ensuring a memorable experience at the Jackson County Fair.
This year’s Friday attendance reached an impressive 18,915, surpassing the previous year by 1,540 guests. Moreover, the fair’s overall attendance for the first three days reached a total of 53,694, marking a significant increase of 7,261 compared to the previous year.
Renowned country artist Clint Black took the stage, showcasing his timeless talent through 22 number-one hits. One of the standout moments of the night was when he captivated the audience with his heartfelt rendition of “I Still Love You,” a song paying tribute to his love for our country. Alongside the spectacular musical performances, fairgoers reveled in ground entertainment, a delectable selection of food, a vibrant carnival, and energetic acts on the Rising Star Stage, creating smiles and joy throughout the fairgrounds.
As Saturday approaches, the Bi-Mart Amphitheater will host “I Am King – The Michael Jackson Experience,” featuring the remarkable talents of Michael Firestone. Esteemed as one of the world’s finest Michael Jackson impersonators, Firestone leaves audiences awestruck with his uncanny resemblance, incredible dance moves, and outstanding vocal abilities. With limited lawn seating available, attendees are advised to secure their spots early. Lawn seating is included with fair admission, making it a must-see show for Michael Jackson enthusiasts.
In an effort to enhance accessibility, the South Parking lot remains free until capacity is reached, courtesy of Peoples Bank. Additionally, children aged 12 and under can enjoy the fair for free, courtesy of the West Family Foundation. Sunday admission is entirely free for everyone, courtesy of Ray’s Food Place, encouraging families and individuals to make the most of this special day.
Throughout the weekend, the Jackson County Fair promises a wide array of entertainment options. Fairgoers can enjoy ground performances by Brad’s World Reptiles, the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, a captivating live Magic Show featuring Adam the Great, and mesmerizing Circus Luminescence performances. On the Rising Star Stage, musical acts such as The Brothers Reed, Flat Patty, 221 Fly, and the Rogue Suspects Soul Revue will delight audiences with their talents. Sunday’s schedule includes an American Idol qualifier, where the winner will have the opportunity to advance to the Oregon State Fair and potentially become the 2024 American Idol.
With weather conditions expected to be hotter than usual throughout Saturday and Sunday, Helen Baker, the Director of Jackson County Fairgrounds, emphasizes the importance of staying safe by staying hydrated and taking advantage of the fair’s shaded, air-conditioned, and misted areas. Guests are encouraged to explore various sheltered locations, including the 4H-FFA barns, the Seven Feathers Event Center (which also hosts the All-Alaskan Pig Races), and the JCFD3 misters located behind the Food Row. Air-conditioned buildings housing Brad’s World Reptiles and the Creative Arts Exhibit provide additional relief from the heat. The fair organizers prioritize the well-being of attendees and urge everyone to maintain proper hydration throughout their visit.
To facilitate transportation for fairgoers, the Eagle Point and Central Point School Districts offer free shuttle services. On Saturday, shuttle buses will operate between Crater High School and the VIP North parking lot, starting at 3:30 pm. The last bus from the Expo will depart at 12:30 am on Saturday. However, please note that no shuttle services will be available on Sunday.
Source: JaCo Fair