Celebrate the End of Summer at the Oregon State Fair

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With the dog days of August quickly coming to an end, the dry Oregon summer will soon be replaced by the wet fall season. Before you breakout the rain gear and prepare to say goodbye to the daily sunshine till spring, September still offers Oregonians and visitors the chance to get outdoors for a little fun.

At Phoenix RV Park, your Salem RV Park of choice, we want everyone to enjoy the last vestiges of summer and have an idea for the perfect cap to your summer – a trip to the Oregon State Fair.

Running from August 28 to September 7, the Oregon State Fair celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. For those looking for the best deal, entry to the fair only costs $1.50 until 5 p.m. on opening day, and packages are available that offer 4 tickets for just $16 during the remaining days.

Families that enjoy carnival rides should consider purchasing wristbands that provide unlimited rides on any of the fair’s attractions. For $35 you’ll receive a day’s worth of free rides, plus 3 free plays at any game.

Of course the rides and games are only part of the reason why to visit the Oregon State Fair, and families visiting this year’s celebration will have plenty of options about what to see. Here are a few of the top attractions certain to entertain the entire family.

Discover the Dinosaurs

Explore what prehistoric life was like in the Pavilion at the fair’s Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit, a hands-on exhibition the features life-like replica dinosaurs that actually move! The exhibit provides an excellent opportunity for every member of the family to touch, learn and even ride. The exhibit features 8 to 10 unique dino settings with animatronic dinosaurs displayed in their natural environments enhanced by fog, video, sound effects and lighting.

The Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit carries an additional $5 entry fee.

Bring Your Favorite Furry Friend

Dog lovers rejoice as the Oregon State Fair’s Dog Town features a collection of canine attractions located at the fairgrounds north end. Watch as sporting and working dogs and herding and Frisbee dogs strut their stuff. There will be live training, educational demonstrations and competitions to watch, plus the X-Treme Air Dogs Dock Diving World Championship will also crown its 2015 champion. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet trainers, pet craftsman, nutritionists and veterinarians to have all of your doggie questions answered.


Located on the east side of Columbia Hall, Familyville is larger and more entertaining than ever before.

Inside you’ll have the chance to visit “Brad’s World of Reptiles” to see the creepy, crawly and slithering wonders of the animal kingdom, including lizards, snakes and reptiles. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in a meet and greet and have your picture taken with a living alligator, see a Taiwanese beauty snake and gander at a collection of the world’s largest and smallest rattlesnakes.

You can also spend time in the petting zoo, watch a little clown comedy with the Jest in Time Circle of Fools, or become mesmerized by a master hypnotist.


Remember, if you need a place to stay while visiting the Oregon State Fair, your favorite Oregon RV park, Phoenix RV Park, has you covered