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Benton County Fair Celebrates 100 Years

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Benton County Fair, and fair-goers are looking to celebrate.

The fair’s theme is “100 Years of Ribbons, Rides, and Rodeos.”

To celebrate, the fair put up different exhibits to look back at the last century, looking at the history of various activities, such as canning and sewing.

“They’re doing a different quarter century every day. Kind of representing that through the fair. You’ll see a lot of old history in the exhibits at the fair,” said Alyssa Chart, 2013 Benton County Fair and Rodeo Queen.

Friday’s exhibits emphasize the third quarter, between 1963 and 1988, since it is the third day of the fair.

Despite the new exhibit this year, fair lovers are coming back for the same traditions. Some rodeo fans say they will travel all over the state for a good show.

“I just like to have the competition,” said Trevor Derrick, who attended Thursday’s rodeo. “It’s cool to watch them, see what they do. I’d actually like to learn how to do it myself sometime.”

Many people say they are drawn to the fair specifically for the rodeo.

“It was the rodeo that drew me here because I do a lot with my horses and I really like the rodeo environment,” Chart said.

The 2013 Benton County Fair and Rodeo Queen says though the rodeo drew her in, she is hooked on the fair environment too, and is grateful to be the ambassador for this year’s fair.

“It means a lot to me to be able to represent my hometown,” she said.

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