Lane County Fair opens Wednesday: 'There's nothing better'

EUGENE, Ore. - Rain or shine, the annual Lane County Fair kicks off Wednesday.

Concerts | New Attractions | Admission & Fair Info

Crews were working to put the finishing touches on the midway before visitors arrive.

"There's always a lot of last-minute stuff that just can't get done until Tuesday," said Rachel Bivens with the fair, "but we're all used to it, and we all love it, and we thrive on it.

"It's the best feeling when you see it success and we see people come through the gates and hear the laughter and see the smiles," she said. "There's nothing better than that."

Bivens said you can expect to see some classic attractions along with new favorites, including live sea lions.

"They're going to teach you a little bit about sea lions, the environment in which they live in, how to keep them safe as well as entertain you, let you take pictures, things like that," she said.


The Lane County Fair concert series starts on a rocking note Wednesday with Everclear, Soul Asylum and Eve 6.

On Thursday, it's rock band Tesla.

Country music takes over Friday with Trace Adkins.

Saturday, it's Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo.

And Sunday wraps up with Josh Turner.

New attractions

This year, the Lane County Fair will have an assortment of new attractions.

Sea Lion Splash: Get splashed by these talented sea lions from California and South America! Wednesday through Saturday at 12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Sunday 12:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Pirate's Parrots Show: Enjoy an interactive experience of parrots, "real" pirates, and an authentic pirate ship! Wednesday through Saturday at 12:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 11:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

K-9 Kin's Agility Show: See and meet pooches doing stunning tricks! More than ten dog breeds will be on hand to perform agility and amazing acrobatics.
Wednesday through Saturday at 12:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday at 12:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.

Mama Lou Strong Woman: Mama Lou will show the crowd her amazing strength and comical acts encouraging kids and adults to be strong mentally and physically.
Wednesday through Saturday 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Kids Town America: Its play time! Kids are invited to play in our "town" full of interactive toys, and parents can relax in the sun as their kids play.
Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m.
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. through 7:30 a.m.

The Bubble Show: Experience the beauty of bubbles in this fun and interactive exploration of science. This is fun for the whole family.
Wednesday through Saturday at 1:45 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Vintage Tractor Display: Vintage tractors will be on display showing an essential tool of farm life.

Marketplace Vendors: Enjoy great products from local artisans.

Unique Animals Display: See our many unique and prize-winning animals.

Floral Baskets Display: Like flowers? Enjoy beautiful baskets by local community members.