County fairs adapt

Fairs in three Central Oregon counties make changes to save costs and attract visitors.

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In order to make it through an economically tough summer, fair officials in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties say they are making changes this year that will benefit financially strapped visitors while keeping the fairs profitable.

Earlier this year, the Deschutes County Fair Association Board voted to reduce the length of the fair from five days to four. The decision eliminated Sunday, which in previous years was a day when operations ended several hours earlier.

Fairs in Jefferson and Crook counties will continue to be four days long.

“We didn’t feel we could cut our fair back by a day because the fair is for the community, and they wanted the four-day event,” said Sandy Forman, fair coordinator for Jefferson County.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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