State Fair Snuffs Out Display
As a resident of Salem who has lived in the proximity of the State Fairgrounds for 25 years & attended many times, I believe there are a few insights I can share to help you enjoy the experience of attending the Fair this year.
There are many reasons to attend the Oregon State Fair: Widget & product demonstrations are fun and the new landscape gardens are filled with ideas. And don't forget about the overhead SkyLift bisecting the Fairgrounds, the professional entertainment at LB Day Amphitheater and amateur entertainers at many open venues.
Check out the amazing giant pumpkins and squash, the superbly created craft items with awards ribbons and skill demonstrations from flytying to weaving. Quilters must attend! The Oregon State Fair is also a great place for the under-appreciated pastime of people watching.
Those are all good reasons to attend this year, but I will personally offer two of my favorite reasons. One however, is available only on the first day of the Fair, and oddly, it has become the most under-publicized event of the Fair. It WAS truly one of Salem's best kept secrets:
Years ago I discovered the fireworks display at the end of the FIRST DAY of the Fair.
Attending on the first day offers more
My next favorite thing to see are the exhibits in the Jackman-Long Building where the agriculture displays are set up. A mind-boggling array of craft items, collections, and produce of superior quality will hold the attention of all ages. The Oregon Author's Table will give you an opportunity to meet Oregon writers and purchase signed books (discontinued in 2006, but appears to be a regular feature again.).
For folks living out of the immediate area, you might think about an extended stay through the weekend. If you do, Salem Visitor Center will help you compare lodging oportunities and find lots of interesting things to do after attending the Fair.
Come to the Oregon State Fair on the FIRST DAY if you can. You won't regret the quality of the "ag" exhibits
The first day Fireworks of the Oregon State Fair, in a word: