A slew of new and long-time favorite attractions are lined up for this week’s Lane County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday and runs through Sunday in Eugene at the Lane Events Center.
Organizers said they hoped to benefit from additional participants at the World Championships in Athletics.
“It’s a fun festival vibe around town right now, and we’re happy to be a part of it and hope attendees will come celebrate with us,” said Rachel Bivens, assistant fair manager.
For new visitors and veterans of Lane County Fairs, here are 10 must-haves and new attractions to check out:
Timberworks Lumberjack Show
A new show this year is a group of lumberjacks who will climb, saw and cut very large logs as they compete to see who is the fastest to accomplish such feats.
The show will take place three times a day at 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
All-Alaska Race Pigs
The hog racing track is one of the best-known attractions at the Lane County Fairgrounds. It features a team of pigs trained to run and jump over obstacles, with all the nerdy pig-themed names one would expect for the animals.
Pig races are held daily at 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Rising to the fair’s main stage, rapper TI performs Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 7:30 p.m., KC and the Sunshine Band will bring their unique fusion of R&B, funk and Latin percussion groove. Country pop singer-songwriter Russell Dickerson takes the stage Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. To top it all off, Latin music at 5:30 p.m. Sunday from Mexican artist Luis Angel, “El Flaco”, who began his solo career in 2020 after being part of local bands since 2003.
Whether it’s elephant ears, fried dumplings or blackberry grilled cheese, the fair offers a bit of variety for adventurous eaters, in addition to the signature dishes of pizza, burgers and teriyaki chicken. .
This year, the fair sold for the first time wristbands for unlimited rides online only, and sales for those closed Tuesday at midnight.
Single tickets for the rides can be purchased on site, and visitors can purchase packages priced at $60 for 120 tickets and $115 for 250 tickets. Each trip costs between 10 and 13 tickets. Height requirements for rides are online at atthefair.com/carnival.
A talented balloon sculptor capable of creating over 100 different animals with balloons will perform throughout the fair on family and community stages. Balloonacy shows will be daily on the Family Stage at 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on the Community Stage.
New this year is an esports area in the Trade Vendor Lobby, which will have large screens where people can watch or participate in a variety of video game tournaments throughout the fair.
A must for any fairground experience, the animal and 4-H exhibits are on the south side of the indoor fairground, along with the livestock judging. To find the horse shows, just go to the building on the west side of the fair, behind the main concert stage.
A trained juggler and comedian, Professor Smart “brings science to life with cool storytelling and demonstrations,” according to the fair’s description. Smart’s shows will take place daily at 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Tractor pullover for kids
Children can drive a miniature pedal tractor at the fair each day at 3:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. until Saturday and Sunday at 2:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Lane County Fair
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lane Events Center, main entrance at 13th Avenue and Jefferson Street. To find a map of the different zones, go to atthefair.com/fair-map.
Getting There : Parking is $5 per car, cash only. Visitors can also use Eugene’s bike-sharing system, PeaceHealth Rides, www.PeaceHealthRides.com; Bus Lane Transit District (Downtown LTD Eugene station serves the fairgrounds directly via Routes 33, 36, 41, and 43); or taxi and carpooling (place of drop-off at the Orange D door access to the main entrance).
Tickets: $9; $7 for 65+, first responders and military personnel; $6 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. There are also group offers and packages for tickets at www.atthefair.com/tickets-and-deals.
More information: www.atthefair.com