Open Class Competition Awards Blue Ribbons at the Jackson County Fair

With a forecast that calls for 70 and 80 degree temperatures all week, the 2012 Jackson County Fair is just warm enough to feel like summer, but not too hot to get out and enjoy the wide variety of activities taking place at the 212-acre Expo.

The Fair opened Tuesday with the first round of many multi-day events, including the hilarious Mutton Bustin’ (where kids ride sheep to see who comes out on top, literally), the X-Treme AirDogs community K-9 competition, and the Lego Robotic Sumo Challenge.

The Open Competition presented awards to the Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions in a wide variety of Amateur, Professional and Junior (under 17 years old) categories that include Photography, Fiber Arts, Crafts, Art, Textiles and Land Products. Award winners and others will be on display all week in the exhibit buildings located throughout The Expo.

Also getting underway are the 4-H and FFA exhibits and livestock competition. Over 1,000 4-H and FFA youth are participating with their cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats, as well as information about local agricultural and horticultural at this year’s fair. Livestock will be auctioned at the Junior Livestock Auction on July 18 and July 21, giving valley residents a chance to puts local, sustainably-raised meat on the table, and support the ongoing efforts of these programs to provide valley youth with invaluable life skills.

Courtney Farmer, a 2012 Ashland High School graduate, shows her horse and enters her photography in the open classes every year. Farmer says, “It’s so fun to see all the people who walk through the livestock pavilion to learn about the animals! Part of what we do is to educate people about what goes into taking care of all the animals you see at the fair.”

Foreigner kicked off the Concert Series on Tuesday night, sharing the stage with South Medford High School’s Chamber Choir to perform their huge hit “I Want To Know What Love Is,” for the final song of the show. Wednesday night Bret Michaels, the former front man of Poison, will rock the house at the Lithia Motors Amphitheater. Tickets are also still available for Cody Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, and the Wiggles. Saturday night also includes a free concert with TALLBOY, Dryseason, and Stephanie Hirche.

Discount fair tickets are still available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday – Friday for the following groups:

Wednesday July 18 – Seniors day $3-for 62-74 yr. old

Thursday July 19 – Kids Day! $3-for 6-11 yrs. Olds.

Friday July 22 – 2 for 1 Fair admission all day

Get a schedule, a map, and all the details at www.atthexpo.com and click on Fair.

2012 Jackson County Fair Open Class Winners

Photography (Amateur)

Grand Champion: Kalynn Wangle

Reserve Grand Champion: Chari Ansary

 

Photography (Junior)

Grand Champion: Natalie Ayala

Reserve Grand: Isaiah Lundberg

 

Baked Goods (Amateur)

Grand Champion: Karen Gordon with her decorated cake

Reserve Grand: Christina Bennett with her decorated cake

 

Baked Goods (Junior)

Grand Champion: Joslyn Vargas with her theme cake

Reserve Grand: Sarah Lundberg with her yeast rolls

 

Technology (Amateur)

Grand Champion: Tyler Brotherton

 

Technology (Junior)

Grand Champion: Kyra Briggs

 

Land Products

Grand Champion: Tessa Locket with her market basket

Reserve Grand: Leo Smith with his lemon

 

Land Products (Junior)

Josie North (5 years old) with her market basket

 

Food Preservation

Grand Champion: Betty Henagin with her strawberry tomato peach salso

Reserve Grand: Vicki Belknap with her dried onions

 

Fiber Arts (Amateur)

Grand Champion Linda Roberts with her crossstitch picture

Reserve champion Barb Camarata with her reversible afgahn

 

Fiber Arts (Professional)

Grand Champion: Gail Anderson with her pine needle weaving

Reserve Grand: Liisa Shunn with her crocheted shawl

 

Crafts (Amateur)

Grand Champion: Iris Glanzman with her ABC Album

Reserve Grand: Jon Tallman with his war wall hanging

 

Crafts (junior)

Grand Champion: Bradley Reed with his model

Reserve Grand: Joshua Hennes with his Lego

 

Art (Amateur)

Grand Champion: Kolten Anderson with his pencil sketch of a lion

Reserve Grand: Scott McCaw with his watercolor

 

Art (Junior)

Grand Champion: Macy Aguirre with her etching

Reserve Grand: Ellie Strause with her watercolor

 

Textile

Grand Champion: Janis Simms with her quilt

Reserve Grand: Barbara Masters with her clothing

 

Textiles (Junior)

Grand Champion: Elijah Lundberg

Reserve Grand: Karry Olsen

 

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