Many events at Expo Harvest Fair, Sept. 25-26

The annual Jackson County Harvest Fair is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26. The Harvest Fair is an event for all ages, interests and abilities, with both amateurs and professionals able to enter. Admission to the Harvest Fair is $6 for adults, children 11 and under are free. Hours are 10-6 p.m. both days.

Exhibits include everything from crafts, to baked goods, photography, floriculture, beer, wine  and many other displays. But, in addition, there are several special events as noted below.

The 20th annual Chili Cook-off with $500 in prizes is Saturday. Cooking begins at 9 a.m. with public tasting starting at 12:30. Awards and grand prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. and as of last Friday there weren’t many teams entered. Perhaps some of those that traditionally compete in Shady Cove will get an entry blank online or at the Upper Rogue Independent. Expo staff will take entries even though it is beyond the original deadline.

One of the more popular activities at Harvest Fair is the Grape Stomp. The preliminaries are on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 12, 2 and 4 and again on Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. The final event is Sunday at 4 p.m. Stompers must be barefoot and they cannot put their hands on the barrel. Helpers keep the screen clean and direct juice into the gallon jugs. For the prelims stompers can stomp 30 lbs. of grapes, filling a jug or for a maximum of three minutes. For the finals, it is 60 lbs. of grapes, five minutes, two jugs or the most juice.

The heifer futurity show is open to heifers purchased at the 2009 Harvest Fair Futurity Sale. The heifer must be owned and shown by the original purchaser. Judging begins Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. The sale is at 4 p.m. Purchasers must be at least eight years old and not over the age of 20 by Sept. 1, 2010.

The Jackson County Stockmen’s club calf consignment is open to its members. This sale is Saturday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Calves ideally weigh 500-550 lbs, although the allowance is 400 to 700 lbs. They will be vaccinated, dehorned, castrated and halter broke. A steer purchased that becomes Grand Champion at the County Fair will receive $150 and a Reserve Grand Champion will win $100.

For more information on all events check the premium book, visit www.jcfairgrounds.com  or call 541-774-8270.for more information.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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