Check out the fair this week

Forty hours of free, live music will be presented on the Main Stage during the four days of this year's Lincoln County Fair. (News-Times file photo)

Wondering how to pass the time while waiting for the Fourth of July fireworks show to begin, or perhaps what there will be to do after all of the holiday hoopla is over?

Well, the annual Lincoln County Fair may be just what you’re looking for. This year’s fair opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Fourth of July, and continues through the weekend. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

As has been the case for the past several years, admission to the fair is free. This will be the fifth year that the management of the county fair has been under the oversight of the Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension Service. That organization agreed to take over when the fair was struggling to continue and has put in a lot of time and effort into keeping it a viable, informative and entertaining event for people of all ages. Todd Williver, 4-H program coordinator for Lincoln County who also serves as the fair manager, said there will be 40 hours of live music offered on the Main Stage over the four days, in addition to the many other activities, displays, vendors — and of course that fair food.

Also this year, for the first time in a decade, the fair lineup includes a rodeo. There will be shows at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. There is an admission fee for bleacher seating during the rodeo shows, but there will also be some free opportunities to watch the cowboys and cowgirls showing off their skills.

And of course there will be all of the usual 4-H exhibits and animal displays that make a county fair a truly local event. We encourage everyone to stop by the fair to support our young people and check out all that the fair has to offer.

We also appreciate all of the hard work that the Lincoln County Extension Service, and Williver in particular, has put in to make sure the county fair continues. In many ways, it’s an American tradition, and one we believe can remain relevant for years to come. But that doesn’t happen without a group or organization stepping up to manage the task, and all Lincoln County residents are better off because of it.

People can learn more about this year’s fair by checking out the special section inserted into this edition of the News-Times, and also by going online at www.thelincolncountyfair.com.

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Another good way to spend some time while waiting for the fireworks Thursday night is to take in the free Fourth of July concert offered by the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean. This, too, has become a community tradition and is a way the symphony gives back to area residents for the support they have shown it over the years.

The concert takes place at 4 p.m. at Newport Middle School, located at 825 NE Seventh St. Music Director and Maestro Adam Flatt and members of the Newport Symphony Orchestra are sure to put on another exceptional performance filled with patriotic melodies and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the top-notch symphony that calls Lincoln County its home.

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