Summer is the time of county fairs, and Central Oregon has three great ones from which to choose. If you love the fun and entertainment of a county fair you can experience it all in a 40-mile radius of Long Hollow Ranch between July 23 and August 9 this year. It all begins with the Jefferson County Fair in Madras from July 23 through 26. This includes rodeo events on the 25th and 26th.
Beginning July 30, the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond is the big one and runs through August 3. Then the Crook County Fair rounds out the schedule from August 6th through 9th.
The fairgrounds in Redmond are the closest to LHR, about a 25 minute drive from the ranch. They are only a few years old and very nicely done with spacious parking lots, comfortable commercial buildings, attractive landscaping and well-marked walkways. We believe it is nicest fair in the entire state of Oregon and easily the largest in central Oregon. It features top entertainment, a big rodeo and all other aspects of a first class county fair.
The facilities at the other fairs are older, but retain the country western charm and special ambience of their earlier years.
To experience a taste of the Old West right here in Sisters Country, you can get it all by attending any of these local fairs. Horses, cowboys and rodeo queens are all there, along with the animals, crafts, and commercial displays that make up a great fair. And don’t forget the food! BBQ, corn on the cob, burgers, fry bread, cotton candy – there’s an endless supply.
One of the best features of an event in Central Oregon is the night sky. After enjoying the fair for the day, pause a few moments to look up into the black sky. If you are not accustomed to seeing millions of stars where you live, prepare to be amazed.
Here at Long Hollow we still have a few rooms open during the fair season, so if you want to join the fun, just check us out on the web. You can even make your own reservation there, or call us and we will be happy to do it for you.