ST[+r]EAM brings forward-thinking, innovative competitions front and center at the Fair.

Think of it as the evolution of the Oregon State Fair.

The Oregon State Fair’s ST[+r]EAM team is ramping for 2018 with brave new competitions that stand as a fascinating counterpoint to more traditional aspect of the Fair. They call it thinking outside of the box. Some say it’s breaking the mold. However you phrase it, there is this: ST[+r]EAM is a visceral celebration of Science, Technology, Math, Art and Reading. Welcome to the new age of the Oregon State Fair.


We have three brand new contests this year for makers of all ages. There’s plenty of opportunity for entrants in Robotics, Remote Control Vehicles, and Urban Agriculture. Handbook

Oregon Essay Contest

Announcing the first-ever Oregon Essay Contest, which encourages writers to explore the theme of WHY I LOVE MY COUNTY. There are several age categories. So crank up that laptop, or pull out that pen and paper….and begin writing! Handbook

Building Blocks

This is one of the most popular ST[+r]EAM competitions to enter and to admire. Colorful, snap-together building blocks are used to create wondrous things…whatever the makers might imagine. This particular contest is similar to Building Blocks competition in our Crafts & Hobbies area, with a major new twist: lights and movement are involved! Handbook