Best BBQ, greatest chili, are just part of Harvest Fair events

Our hot weather will soon turn to cooler days and brisk evenings. For generations this is the time  farmers and ranchers have celebrated the end of the growing season. Food has been preserved, the harvest is complete and it is a time to gather and have a good time. This tradition continues to be upheld with  the 21st Harvest Fair Sept. 23-25 at Jackson County Expo.

Harvest Fair is truly a family event. It features numerous activities and displays found only at this event.  The Fair opens Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Friday night tickets are just $4 and with that you get re-entrance Saturday or Sunday, free. Normal Saturday and Sunday adult rickets are $7. Children 6-12 are $3 and under age five, will be admitted free. This is an event designed for families.

Hometown favorites Jason Johnston and Mike Boren will be the featured music Friday evening.

For those who like to try their hand at home brew, wine making or perhaps making a soda pop, the deadline is near in fact, the entry deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Entries are at Grains Beans &Things, 820 Crater Lake Ave.  St. 113, phone 541-499-6777.No late entries are accepted.

Those who want to show off their cooking ability will find the backyard BBQ and the chili cookoff a great opportunity to do just that.  Both events have a $25 entry fee.

The BBQ entry must be received no later than Monday, Sept. 19 at 5p.m.The event is Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. Entry forms are available by going to and on the left side you will see Harvest Fair. Under  that are various events, including the Backyard BBQ and the  entry form. Each team has a leader and at least one member, but there is no limit to the number of members. Tri-tip, hamburger and chicken is provided each team. Contestants bring their own seasonings and equipment on which to do a BBQ. Be sure to read the details on what the team must provide.

Food samples will be given to the judges.

The chili cook-off will be in Compton Arena , also on Saturday, Sept. 25. Setup is at 7 a.m. cooking begins at 8 a.m.  Tasting at 1:30 and awards at 2:30 p.m. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 23.

There is a showmanship contest at 1 p.m.

Rules for the chili cook-off are well marked by following directions given above under harvest Fair on the fairgrounds page.

There is a crab feed Sept. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the mace Watchable Wildlife Center. Tickets are $20 plus a Harvest Fair ticket for $7. The entry form is also on the list under Harvest Fair. The number of participants is limited to 200 so now is the time to enter.

Fair hours are Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 10-10 and Sunday 10-6 p.m. Check out the web page for numerous activities
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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