A Slice of History: Fair Time is Fun Time
It’s county fair time! In Tillamook, it’s a time for pronto pups, ice cream cones, exhibits, horse races, Pig-n-Ford races and thrills on the midway.
The Tillamook County Fair was established in 1891. In 1921, land and money was acquired to build a permanent home for the fair. One of the first buildings erected was the domed exhibit hall, which is still a feature of the fairgrounds today.
We don’t know exactly how long TCCA has been involved with the fair, but we’ve certainly had a long relationship of supporting and participating in the annual event. Through the years, dairy farmers would show their cows, and cheese contests were held where all of the local creameries would submit their best cheddars. Dairy farmers still show their cows, but the cheese contest was no longer needed once all of the cheesemaking consolidated in the central plant in 1968.
But no worries, the fun never stopped. In the early 1970s an ice cream booth was established. Since then Tillamook Ice Cream cones have been available to all fairgoers. Just steps inside the main exhibit hall you can belly-up to the booth and order one or two scoops of our delicious ice cream. Today, we partner with 4-H to staff our ice cream booth. They keep all of the proceeds from the sales and we all get to have some fun.
In 2010, USA Today named the Tillamook County Fair one of the top 10 blue-ribbon county fairs. Stop by for some fun at the Tillamook County Fair, Aug. 10-13!