This year’s Douglas County Fair will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated fairground pavilion building where 4-H and Future Farmers of America members will show their animals.
The pavilion was built in 1954 and is the fairground’s oldest and most-used building. Rodeos, 4-H and FFA shows, the Douglas County Lamb Show and other community events are held there. The renovation, financed by a $1.3 million fundraising campaign, includes replacing a moss-covered roof and making upgrades to the entrances, kitchen and bleachers.
The ribbon-cutting will be at noon Aug. 7 and will feature music from the Roseburg High School Marching Band.
The fair will run four days again this year. Fairgrounds Director Harold Phillips said the change from the traditional five days, made to cut costs without losing overall attendance, worked well last year.
He said he believes the music lineup, featuring country, blues and rock and no repeat performers, will draw the crowds again this year.
“I feel very good. I think our lineup is well-rounded,” he said.
This year’s marquee acts feature no repeat performers. Seether, a South African alternative metal band founded in the late 1990s, will perform Friday night on the PremierWest stage. Phillips said in the first week of ticket sales, Seether has drawn the most reserved seat ticket sales of any of the bands.
Seether’s best-known songs include “Broken” and “Remedy,” released in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
English rock band Deep Purple will perform the closing act on Saturday night on the PremierWest Amphitheater stage. The band gained popularity in the 1970s with hits like “Smoke on the Water.”
Blues musician Jonny Lang will play Wednesday and country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett will round out the main stage entertainers, playing Thursday. Rhett’s single, “It Goes Like This,” from his album of the same name, was a number one country hit last year. Lang, Rhett and Seether’s shows begin at 7:30 p.m., while Deep Purple plays at 8 p.m.
Each show is free of charge with paid fair admission. A limited number of reserved seats for each show are available for $25 each.
Fair admission is $10 for adults and $8 if bought in advance. A season pass is $30 if bought by July 25. Both reserved concert tickets and fair admission tickets can be bought online at www.douglasfairgrounds.com.
Olate Dogs, a troupe of 22 dogs of different varieties and sizes that won the 2012 America’s Got Talent competition will be back at the fair this year by popular demand. Their human handlers are Richard and Rebecca Olate and their son Nicholas. The dogs run and jump and are basically silent canine comedians.
The Northwest X-Treme Air Dogs will also return. They have been fan favorites for the past two years.
The Mark and Dre Show will provide variety entertainment.
Costumed actors with B.C. Characters will roam the fairgrounds, and a robotic chicken by Atlas Robotics will greet arriving fairgoers.
The fair will also present the popular local talent show, Fair’s Got Talent.