Open class deadline looms for fair exhibits

Representatives from open class photography judge and arrange the department during a past Umatilla County Fair. Pre-registration of open class entries for this year's fair must be completed online by Wednesday, July 26.

Carnival bracelets, parking passes now available


Community Editor

Excitement is in the air as the Umatilla County Fair is gearing up for its inaugural event in its new digs at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 Airport Road, Hermiston.

The public is encouraged to make it a great year by entering items for the open class and 4-H/FFA competitions. The 2017 fair theme — which many departments have a fair theme category — is New Faces, New Places & Old Friends.

To have items judged and be eligible for fair premiums, exhibitors need to pre-register. Projects don’t have to be completed, but they must be pre-registered by Wednesday, July 26, by 5 p.m.

The actual entries for open class home economics, arts and creative kids, as well as horticulture and floriculture, will be received Sunday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hay King and livestock will be received Monday, Aug. 7, from 7 a.m. to noon or 5-8 p.m. Those who haven’t registered by the deadline may bring entries to the fair to be exhibited. However, they will be for display only and won’t be judged.

Exhibitors need to read department and division rules in the Umatilla County Exhibitors Guide. Entry forms, the exhibitors guide and additional information is available at

For those who don’t have access to a computer, assistance is available at the fairgrounds office at EOTEC. In addition, local libraries offer computer use and internet access. After completing the registration process, write down the confirmation number.

Those who register items can purchase discounted season passes for $14 or $10 for 4-H/FFA members. Regular pass rates are $40 for adults, $30 for seniors and $24 for youths 6-12 and free for children 5-and-under.

In addition, carnival bracelet pre-sales are $25 through Aug. 7; then they go up to $30. Carnival passes do not include fair admission.

Parking is free on Wednesday. Other days, the cost is $5 (no in/out privileges). Also, a limited number of season parking passes are available for $20.

For those who don’t have access to a computer or need assistance, call 541-567-6121, 800-700-3247 or stop by the fair office at EOTEC, 1705 Airport Road, Hermiston.

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