Oregon State Fair opens in Salem


by AP


Posted on August 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 5:53 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon State Fair has arrived. The summer tradition is the standard bearer of all things agricultural, showcasing the traditions of farming that built Oregon's economy.

All types of animals will be shown during the 11-day event that opened Friday morning in Salem.

Also on display are flower gardens, quilts, apparel, cake decorating, cooking and many other skills that will be judged for the ever-sought blue ribbon.

Live music plays free on five stages throughout the fairgrounds, including a show by Joe Walsh from The Eagles.

The new "Rock U" Music Pavilion lets fairgoers play guitars, drums or a 10-foot long keyboard. And if none of that interests you, there are rides and, of course, plenty of food.

What’s new this year? Deep-fried ‘Kool Aid,’ deep-fried Oreos and the deep-fried cheesecake.

The complete fair schedule is available at oregonstatefair.org.

------ Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

KGW Reporter Jaqueline Sit contributed to this report