The Wallowa County Fair, held Aug. 1-8 at the fairgrounds in Enterprise, will celebrate more than a century of training youths in agriculture in 2009 - so expect to see some fine livestock at this old-time, small-town, farm fair. You won't find a carnival here, but there is plenty of family fun to be had!

You can spit your way to fame at the Hermiston Watermelon Growers seed-spitting contest. Kids can dance at the teen dance. Local folks have a lot of fun with the scarecrow-decorating contest. Don't forget to sample some free bits of good tri-tip supplied by Painted Hills Natural Beef at the Backyard Grilling Contest as our grill masters compete for grilling glory. And everybody enjoys the ice cream and pie social presented by the Pamona Grange.

This is a fair for the animal- and crafts-lover. Each year it offers 4-H, FFA and open classes for exhibitors with pigs, sheep, goats, horses, cattle, and dogs. At the end of the fair, you can even watch kids of all ages chase down chickens with the fastest chicken-chasers winning a sheep or hog for their next 4-H or FFA project.

Naturally, there are crop exhibits, floral arrangements, canned and baked goods and various textile arts including needlework and quilting. And don't miss the art and photography exhibits, as local folks are well known for their talent.

In recent years, fair organizers also have added the Joseph Junior Rodeo to the lineup of events. Boy howdy can those kids rope and ride! The junior rodeo showcases the usual cowboy talents of local youth including team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, goat tying, calf riding, and the terrifying cowhide race. But you'll also see mutton busting and dummy roping as performed by some pretty tiny tykes - so don't miss it. This is one you'll want to take in if for no other reason than the crowd in the stands is enthusiastic!

If you are touring the valley the first week in August, come on over to the county fair and join us.

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