Wheeler Family Integral in Lane Co. Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — This year marks 153 years of the Lane County Fair, and it marks the same anniversary of fair tradition for one Lane County family. These barns hold a lot of history, and just about every bit of it involves the Wheeler family and its century-and-a-half long tradition here at the fair. “I’ve … Continue reading »

Lane County Fair a Reunion for Attendees

EUGENE, Ore. — The gates at the Lane County Fair have closed, marking the end of day two. The rides were again running, and smiles were plentiful, but for many, the fair has a much deeper meaning than just fun and food. Roger Wofford took over his father’s food stand in the 1960s. He still … Continue reading »

How Local is the Lane County Fair?

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s called the Lane County Fair, but how many exhibits, vendors and entertainers are actually from Lane County? Over the past couple of years, the fair tried to put more of an emphasis on local. Now at least 50 percent of the exhibits, vendors and entertainers there hail from western Oregon. Dottie … Continue reading »

Are Fair Games Fair?

EUGENE, Ore. — Part of county fair fun is scoring one of those big stuffed animals, but it might be harder than you think. At a couple of the games on the midway, you’re guaranteed a prize every time. Others are very challenging and have specific ways of making it more difficult for you to … Continue reading »

Fairgoers Take on Heat

EUGENE, Ore. — The first day was a hot one for the Lane County Fair. Wednesday, hundreds of people flooded the fairgrounds for opening day. One of the most popular attractions at the fair was the shade. Fairgoers gathered under trees and awnings and dipped into air-conditioned buildings to try and find some relief from … Continue reading »

Lane County Fair Goes Green

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Fair kicked off its recycling efforts Wednesday as it opened up the gates. Stop by the fairgrounds this week and you’ll see bigger and improved Sanipac stations with recycle bins, garbage bins and descriptions about how you can help the environment. “Not only are we recycling, we’re composting, and … Continue reading »

Woman Crashes Car Through Fence

EUGENE, Ore. — A 75-year-old woman went to the hospital after driving through one of the gates at the Lane County Fair. Eugene police say she fell asleep behind the wheel and came to just before hitting the gate. Eugene fire crews have a station at the fair, so they helped the driver right away. … Continue reading »

Lane County Fair Gets Under Way

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Fair kicks off at 11:00 Wednesday morning. Season passes are still available for $20 at any Carl’s Jr. restaurant or $25 at the fair. Fair vendors were busy Tuesday setting up and trying to stay cool. Because of the expected high temperatures, fair organizers have already planned for some … Continue reading »

Animals Keep Cool at the Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Fair is here just in time for some of the hottest days of the year. You’d think the animal barns would be some of the hottest corners of the fair, but it turns out the livestock have it made. Between the cross-breeze and the fans and a constant flow … Continue reading »

Lane County Fair Begins Setup

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Fair is just nine days away and today was the first official day of set up at the fairgrounds. Organizers and participants say it’s something they work up to all year long, and though the first day of set up is busy and symbolic, as the next week rolls … Continue reading »

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