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Oregon State Fair Opens; Runs Through Labor Day

Chris Lehman

The Oregon State Fair has been an end-of-summer tradition in Salem since the 1860’s. The 2019 edition kicked off August 23 with the usual variety of farm animals, fair food, and carnival rides.

Animals are one of the top three favorite items for fairgoers, according to spokesman Dan Cox. The list of critters is long, and includes sheep, goats, pigs, cows, chickens, horses, and more.

Cox said the farm animals are kind of like bridge-builders between urban and rural Oregonians. “Whatever barriers may exist in terms of how non-agricultural families relate to agricultural families, I think those barriers get lowered in an organic way at the Oregon State Fair," he said.

Credit Chris Lehman / KLCC

This year's Oregon State Fair runs through Labor Day, September 2nd. Fair admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children, and $1 for seniors. There are discounts available on certain days of the fair.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”