[Heritage] Clackamas County Fair designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Jul 30 08:37:15 PDT 2014

A 107-year-old fair that draws more than 130,000 visitors annually is the newest Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Tradition.

The Clackamas County Fair is one of ten events that have been designated.  The others include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.

"The Heritage Commission wants to recognize those traditions that have helped define the state," said David Lewis, the commission's chair and historian for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. "They are distinguished events that are part of our heritage as Oregonians."

"The Clackamas County Fair is pleased to receive this designation from the commission," said executive director Laurie Bothwell.  "It recognizes a century of work to showcase our history, traditions, agriculture, education and families."

The first fair took place in Gladstone Park and two years later moved to Canby. The fair has taken place there since then, although during World War II it was curtailed and limited to a youth show.  This year's fair will take place Aug. 12-17.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state, said commission coordinator Kyle Jansson.

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts.

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