Benton County Fair Celebrates 100 Years

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CORVALLIS, Ore — Elephant ears, corn on the cob, and snow cones: it’s fair time in Corvallis this week!

The Benton County Fair kicked off Wednesday afternoon marking its 100th year, and there are tons of activities for everyone in the family.

The first day of the fair marks kids day. Each year, the Benton County Juvenile Department brings kids to the fair who cannot afford it or who are doing well under supervision. Donors help pay for the ride bracelets, food, and transportation.

“This is the highlight of the summer,” said Issac Powell, a Juvenile Outreach Specialist. “And we hear that. You can see these smiles on kids faces and they literally wouldn’t be able to afford it any other way.”

Despite the cooler temperatures earlier on Wednesday afternoon, many kids flocked to the fair for the rides, the food, and the animals.

“I’ve been here a lot of years, and I really like it, so I’ve been waiting since school got out to go,” said Alyssa, a seventh grader in town.

Alyssa and her friend Nikki say their favorite part of the fair are the rides.

“I came so I could hang out with friends; I like the fair,” said Nikki. “I like the rides!”

Kids under 55 pounds can also ride sheep in an arena like cowboys. It’s called Mutton Bustin, and Wool Busters of Sweet Home hosts the event daily at 2, 4, and 6 pm for free.

“It’s where kids get to experience what it’s like to be a rough stock rider,” said Frank Rendon, the owner of Wool Busters.”  These kids are doing exactly the same thing as a professional bull-rider. The only difference is about 1,800 to 2,000 pounds.”

Kids under 12 years old are free all day Wednesday; adult tickets are $8, and parking costs $5.  For more information on the fair, click here.

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