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The 150th Clark County Fair is underway

Thousands braved the rain for a free pancake breakfast to kick of the event’s sesquicentennial celebration

CLARK COUNTY — The 150th Clark County Fair kicked off on Friday with the annual free pancake breakfast courtesy of Fred Meyer. At least 10,000 people braved a rare Summer rain shower to enjoy pancakes, sausage, and a free drink. If there was anything left over, Jeffery Temple, the retailer’s director of corporate affairs, says it went to the local food bank.

“We don’t just want to be in the community,” says Temple, “we want to be part of the community.”

The 150th edition of the Clark County Fair kicked off Friday and runs through August 12. Photo by Mike Schultz
The 150th edition of the Clark County Fair kicked off Friday and runs through August 12. Photo by Mike Schultz

 

The first Clark County Fair was held on October 21 1868 at Esther Short Park in what would become downtown Vancouver. Over the years it was known as the Harvest Show, the Columbia River Interstate Fair, and the Clarke County Fair and Dahlia Show. The only year the area had no fair was in 1942, during World War II. It moved to its current location in 1955. For more on the history of the Fair, click here.

80 volunteers from Fred Meyer prepare to feed around 10,000 people during the annual free pancake breakfast to kick off the Clark County Fair. Photo by Mike Schultz
80 volunteers from Fred Meyer prepare to feed around 10,000 people during the annual free pancake breakfast to kick off the Clark County Fair. Photo by Mike Schultz

To mark the occasion, there was a rare parade held at 1:50 on Friday afternoon. This year also marks the return of the popular Brad’s World Reptile exhibit, as well as the building of a giant sand sculpture. Musical acts include Gary Allen, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Grand Funk Railroad, and Granger Smith. Of course there’s also the popular Mutton Bustin’ and Bull Riding, extreme motocross, a demolition derby, and monster trucks.

Clark County Queen Taylre Byford (right) and Princesses Hallye Byford and Korrie MacIntyre enjoy a pancake breakfast ahead of the crowds. Photo by Mike Schultz
Clark County Queen Taylre Byford (right) and Princesses Hallye Byford and Korrie MacIntyre enjoy a pancake breakfast ahead of the crowds. Photo by Mike Schultz

Aside from the Grandstand entertainment you’ll find plenty of carnival rides, including the Super Shot Drop Tower, the Zillerator Coaster, Freak Out, and much more. Of course there are plenty of 4H and FFA livestock and animal exhibits and contests.

For more information about the 150th Clark County Fair, click here, and be sure to watch for more coverage here at ClarkCountyToday.com.

Angela Krueger (left) of Eagle Creek, Ore. and Aimee Stewart of Boring, Ore. give their prize cows a bath on opening day of the Clark County Fair. Photo by Mike Schultz
Angela Krueger (left) of Eagle Creek, Ore. and Aimee Stewart of Boring, Ore. give their prize cows a bath on opening day of the Clark County Fair. Photo by Mike Schultz
A line of cows rest at the Clark County Fair 4H exhibit. Photo by Mike Schultz
A line of cows rest at the Clark County Fair 4H exhibit. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Ferris Wheel towers above people attending opening day of the Clark County Fair. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Ferris Wheel towers above people attending opening day of the Clark County Fair. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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