Singer and songwriter Jason Johnston will perform Sept. 27 at the Harvest Fair. - Photo courtesy of Jason Johnston

The Jackson County Harvest Fair and Micro Brew Fest

Kicking off this weekend, the Jackson County Harvest Fair is what fairgrounds Manager Chris Borovansky likes to call a labor of love.

"We like to say it's all the work of the county fair with none of the revenue," he muses.

The Harvest Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

The fall festival began some two decades ago as a noncommercial celebration of the local harvest. It has since expanded to include everything from draft horse pulling and a chili cook-off to paint ball, a BMX demonstration and local bands.

Highlights include the locally renowned Dancing Morgans, Southern Oregon Brewfest, stock dog trials, grape stomping and kids' activities such as face painting, Annie the Clown and pumpkin carving.

Then there's the main focus: competitions and exhibits galore by amateur growers, cooks and knitters. They include food preservation, cakes and apple pies, photography, floriculture and Christmas tree displays, hobbies and crafts, amateur beer and wine, and a heifer futurity.

Fairgoers will also find the tallest weed, the most unusual melon, and the best examples of tomatoes, pumpkins, berries and potatoes the Rogue Valley has to offer, just to name a few of the hundreds of local produce offerings.

"It's really a great value because once you get in the door, everything is free," Borovansky said.

He said this year's event is bigger than recent years, with a push to bring more recognition to the local effort.

"Not as many people seem to know about the Harvest Fair," Borovansky said. "The county fair during the summer is pretty early, so there's not as large a selection (of produce) available or a chance to see what's available locally. This is a really nice chance to see some things you might not otherwise get to."

Fairgoers also can enjoy a variety of wine and food, including Cajun, Mexican, Asian, Italian, American and bakery favorites.

"It might not be the summer fair, but it's like a three-ring circus. There's just a lot going on all the time."

Admission is $6, free for children ages 12 and younger. See jcfairgrounds.com or call 774-8270 for details.

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