REDMOND, OR -- The Deschutes County Fair kicks off at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Director Geoff Hinds says it’s a far cry from the non-existent fair in 2020, and it’ll look more “normal” than last year. "But, there will still be some adjustments that we made last year," he tells KBND News, "Some of them that we kept in place because the response from our customers was overwhelmingly positive. And some we’re doing just to provide a responsible activity and event for our community. We’ll continue to have our concerts in an outdoor space and we continue to spread things out on the property and provide a lot more park-like setting."
The rodeo moves indoors, "We have our first night of NPRA Championship Rodeo inside its new home in the Wilco Arena, inside the First Interstate Bank Center. So, we’re really excited to showcase that new venue for that event. As well as our first of our free summer concert series, with Chase Rice taking the stage."
The free summer concert series stretches five nights, this year, with the fair’s first-ever Spanish-language concert scheduled for Sunday, "We’re programming for a little of the diversity we have here in Central Oregon with a Spanish language show. But also showcasing the uniqueness of that entire culture with some baile folklorico groups and some other bands and entertainment throughout a number of stages on the grounds." Other entertainment - like the lumberjack show, ventriloquist and K-9 Kings are more spread out across the property, Hinds says it provides for more greenspace where people can relax.
Don’t forget the carnival rides, animals and, of course, the typical fair fare, "We’ll obviously have the traditional deep-fried everything here at fair. And we’ve got over seven brand new food booths, showcasing all of their amazing different types of food."
The Deschutes County Fair opens at the fairgrounds in Redmond each day at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Click HERE for a video on traffic pattern changes implemented by the county to address evening congestion.