The Morrow County Fair is throwing its gates wide open.
Fair secretary Ann Jones is excited to offer free admission for everyone — thanks to support from Lamb Weston, Caithness Shepherds Flat Wind Farm and the Boardman Fire Fighters Association. The event is Aug. 14-17 — Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — at the fairgrounds, 74473 Highway 74, Heppner.
With a theme of “Treasure Chest of Morrow County’s Best,” the fair shines a spotlight on 4-H and FFA youth projects. In addition, open class exhibits showcase the talents of area residents of all ages.
Jones said Tillamook’s free ice cream social (Thursday, 3 p.m.) is always popular. Also, ventriloquist Vikki Gasko will perform multiple times daily Wednesday through Friday.
Stage entertainment cranks up with Trevor Tagle (Wednesday, 7-10 p.m.); Perry Gerber Band (Thursday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-3 p.m.); and Dan Burns 3D Productions (Friday/Saturday after the rodeo) — people don’t have to attend the rodeo to enjoy the music afterwards.
Also, Thursday evening (6-10:30 p.m.) is Murray’s Beer & Wine Tasting. It includes local musician Joe Lindsay & Friends and former Wallowa County resident Brady Goss, a wizard on the keyboards. With a fiesta theme, the meal features Mexican cuisine. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids 10 and under.
Oregon Trail Pro Rodeo performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Mutton Busters kicks off both nights of rodeo action. Tickets are $10 or $6 for ages 7-12 and free for kids under 7 and under. Also, the Morrow County Jackpot Rodeo is Sunday at 1 p.m.