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Douglas County Fair: Family tips, deals and more | Moms

If you are driving down I5 this week you will probably see a very large Ferris wheel sitting at the fairgrounds. My boys were quick to point it out and ask what it was all about – another reminder that it is fair time in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Fair opens Wednesday, August 6 and runs until Saturday, August 9.

For full details of events, times and prices make sure and check out their website page.

Here are some special deals and tips if you plan to head there with your family this week:

Admission and deals

  • Thursday & Saturday Carnival Wristbands are $30 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Also on Thursday you can use your imagination and ‘Dress a Vegetable.’ Use what you have at home and give it eyes or hair or clothes to get in FREE (everybody with a vegetable) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the main gate only.
  • Another option on Thursday for a reduced fair entry is if you stop by US Cellular store in the Garden Valley Shopping Center and ask for a FREE Buddy Ticket. You get one FREE admission with purchase of any regular priced ticket from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Every day teens can get in for a $1 off with canned food.
  • On Saturday kids can get a $1 off with a printable coupon


Another way to save money is to park and ride the bus. My boys love this and see it as part of the fair experience.

You can park at the fairgrounds, it costs $5 per vehicle.

The bus runs from five different locations from the Roseburg area. You can check out the times and locations here.


Eating at the fair can be expensive for families, I like to take snacks with us as I have a child on a special diet and it also helps to cut costs.

  • You can bring your own food inside the fairgrounds. Coolers and food are subject to search.
  • Another suggestion would be if you drive there and park your car that you could pack a cooler with a picnic and then go outside and picnic in a shady area.
  • There are also other covered areas in the fairgrounds that you can sit and eat and maybe watch the talent show while eating. Last year we had dinner and was entertained by a show that was going on at the main stage.
  • If you are bringing beverages inside they need to be in a sealed bottle.
  • Food can be reasonably purchased at the 4H kitchen and apparently you can sing for your supper at the burrito booth and get anything on the menu for FREE!
  • If you need to feed your baby while at the fair there is a Breastfeeding Station located sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Breastfeeding Coalition in Douglas Hall! It's private with rocking chairs for nursing, a fan, bottled water, and all the information you could need on breastfeeding.

Events & Activities

  • If you want to avoid the carnival and just enjoy the exhibits, animals and booths you can enter at the main gate. We have done that before to avoid meltdowns and to save money.

Some of the exhibits have free activities for children to participate in.

  • The Douglas Timber Operators tent has fun kid games and trivia contests including prizes.
  • If you go to the 4H building to look at the fair entries, Child Evangelism Fellowship normally has a booth in there with a free puppet show and prizes.
  • Make sure to visit the horses – the 4H owners usually let the kids pet them and will tell you about them as well.

Some of our favorite things at the fair are to watch are the dogs, the diaper derby and of course the animal exhibits.

I also feel like when we go with no time agenda and late afternoon/early evening when it is not as hot it works best for our family.

If you go this year, we hope this information helps you and you have a great time.

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The News-Review Updated Aug 5, 2014 07:34PM Published Aug 13, 2014 09:21AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.