The Oregon State Fair

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Since the first Oregon State Fair was held on four acres along the Clackamas River in the Gladstone/Oregon City area in 1861, the fair has been the focal point of Oregon culture—a place to seeand be seen and to compete against the best in the state. It has been a place of victory and a place of discovery for nearly 150 years. For many generations of Oregonians, the fair was a chance for families and friends to reunite and share the excitement of this grand, uniquely Oregon event. Today the fair's popularity continues and, for 12 days each year, transforms the fairgrounds in Salem into the fifth largest city in the state.
ISBN: 9780738548777
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Steven Robert Heine grew up in Salem only two miles from the fair. After graduating from Portland State University, he returned to Salem and began publishing poetry books. For four years, he pitched his books on the midway of the Oregon State Fair, and his efforts made him one of the most widely read poets in Oregon. In 1988, he returned as the fair's poetry director. Now in his 20th year with the fair, he brings to this volume a unique perspective of the Oregon State Fair and the people who have been part of it.
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