Oregon State Fair / Salem / August 26 – September 5 / Tickets
Live cannabis plants will be displayed at the 2016 Oregon State Fair. While the Oregon State Fair is not judging or awarding ribbons for cannabis, selected plants are winners of an independent competition. All plants in the display are immature, non-budding plants with zero THC content, and are on the grounds because the Fair gave permission to the Oregon Cannabis Business Council to have a display in the commercial exhibitor section.
The plant display will be inside a translucent greenhouse inside the Jackman-Long Building. Entrance to the greenhouse will be controlled by an extra security detail, however, no one under the age of 21 will be allowed inside the greenhouse. It is important to alway remember that the same laws concerning marijuana use in Oregon apply to the Fair.
While this is a historic and welcome addition to the Oregon State Fair there are many other thrills to enjoy. Live music will be played by a national level line up including Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Tickets for concerts are available separately from Fair admission. In addition to music and nine of the best cannabis specimens here are some competitions and spectacles to check out!
THE ART OF NOT SHAVING CONTEST
August 29 / 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Maybe you’ve noticed the extreme popularity of full beards these days. These unique contests may well reveal who has the finest beard and mustache in Oregon. Nationally acclaimed beard grower Madison Rowley will judge entries. Beard contestants will be judged on the basis of three categories: Fullness (natural & fluffy), Length (we’ll be measuring), and the ever-popular goatee chin beard. Mustache contestants will compete in three categories: Freestyle curl, big and bushy, and most artistic. A Best-of-Show winner will be chosen from the blue ribbon category winners.
OREGON SALMON BBQ CONTEST
September 3 / 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Salmon is the star of this culinary contest, which seeks twenty chefs to compete for white, red and blue ribbons. Celebrity judge — Simon Majumdar of the Food Network will select the tastiest efforts. Entrants have the opportunity to show their stuff working with sauces, dry rubs, marinades, types of wood, and styles of BBQ. Contestants will receive a complimentary fair parking pass, good for the entrant only. The first place winner will receive $50. The second and third place winners will receive $25.
Scheduled throughout the Fair
Major motorsports competitions are coming to the 2016 Oregon State Fair’s Pavilion. Machine Mania by GK Machine is where the Fair kicks into high gear. Highlights include Truck & Tractor Pull from 6:00pm to 9:00 on August 26, Classic Car Show on August 27, in addition to Demolition Derby Monday, Sept. 5, from 2:00-3:30 pm.