Ferris wheel at the Douglas County Fair

The popular ferris wheel is back this year with the Funtastic Traveling Shows carnival at the Douglas County Fair Aug. 6-10 in Roseburg.

Douglas County Fair Director Dan Hults said Tuesday was a great opening day for the 2019 fair.

Attendance was up 18% over Tuesday last year, and about 5,000 people packed the Cascade Community Amphitheater for the concert of country singer Randy Houser, Hults said.

Tuesday was Senior Day and many seniors remained throughout the day rather than leaving earlier, as often happens, Hults said. He attributed that to the moderate temperatures, which are expected to continue Wednesday.

Tuesday was the second annual Ag Day, and Hults said it was a success. The day went smoothly, he said, with no incidents reported.

Wednesday is Umpqua Dairy Day at the fair, and discount ice cream coupons will be available at the main gate.

Wednesday night’s concert will be Georgia-based rock band Collective Soul, at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater.

The main gate is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Carnival gate is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and carnival rides and buildings are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Free bus rides to the fairgrounds are available at Roseburg High School, at the First Student Bus Lot in Green and at the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg. They run every half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and every 15 minutes from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Parking at the fairgrounds is $8.

Admission is $10 for adults 13 and over, and free for children 12 and under.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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