Best of the Best

Every county fair is invited to send their best.

A friendly, statewide, county-versus-county competition designed to put Oregon’s best foot forward at the State Fair.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Best of the Best Competition!


There are 36 county fairs throughout this great state, and each one is a source of local pride. This competition — The Best of the Best — takes that pride up a notch by providing an even bigger and more public platform for competition winners from counties. Think of it as a throwback to the good ol’ days, when all roads did indeed lead to the Oregon State Fair.

The Best of the Best Competition features three primary areas of competition:

  1. Livestock — via existing FFA and 4-H competitions
  2. Talent Show — via the Oregon Fairs Talent Search
  3. Static Displays — via our Creative Living Department

Livestock Competition

When 4-H and FFA participants enter their animals in competition at the county fair level, winners are automatically eligible to compete at the State Fair as part of The Best of the Best Competition.

For more information on the livestock portion of the Best of the Best competition, please contact Caleb Forcier at [email protected] or 971-701-6570.

Oregon Fairs Talent Search

County fairs that choose to host local amateur talent contests can add to the winners’ prize by providing eligibility to compete at the Oregon State Fair as part of The Best of The Best Competition.

A talent show is excellent fair programming, because it draws friends and families through the admission gates.  Such shows are easy and inexpensive to produce, and they give fairgoers even more entertainment value for their dollar.

The top three finalists from participating county fairs will be invited to perform at the Oregon Fairs Talent Search Finals on Saturday, August 24th in Salem. For more information, please contact us at 971-701-6573 or [email protected].

Static Displays in Creative Living

Each participating county can enter static displays in six different Creative Living categories, as described in our 2019 Best of the Best Handbook (coming soon).

Crafts (ages 18 and up)   —   Junior/Teen Crafts (ages 17 and younger)

Textiles (ages 18 and up)   —   Junior/Teen Textiles (ages 17 and younger)

Visual Arts (ages 18 and up)   —   Junior/Teen Visual Arts (ages 17 and younger)

One ribbon — combined with a cash prize — will be awarded to one entry in each of those six categories. Counties are asked to indicate their interest in participating no later than June 1st by contacting the Creative Living Department by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 971-701-6571.

Online entries are due on August 19th. Enter now!


Participating Fairs

Baker  |  August 2-10  |  www.bakerfair.com
Benton  |  July 31-Aug 3  |  www.bentoncountyfair.net
Clackamas  |  Aug 13-17  |  www.clackamascountyeventventer.com
Columbia  |  July 17–21  |  www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com
Crook  |  Aug 7-10  |  www.crookcountyfairgrounds.com
Curry  |  July 24-27  |  www.curryfair.com
Douglas  |  Aug 6-10  |  www.douglasfairgrounds.com
Grant  |  Aug 14-17  |  www.grantcountyfairgrounds.com
Klamath  |  Aug 1-4  |  www.kcfairgrounds.org
Lane  |  July 24-28  |  www.atthefair.com
Lincoln  |  July 4-7  |  www.thelincolncountyfair.com
Marion  |  July 11-14  |  www.marioncountyfair.net
Morrow  |  Aug 14-17  |  www.co.morrow.or.us/fair/page/county-fair
Polk  |  Aug 8-10  |  www.co.polk.or.us/fair
Tillamook  |  Aug 7-10  |  www.tillamookfair.com
Umatilla  |  Aug 6-10  |  www.unatillacounty.net/fair
Union  |  July 31-Aug 3  |  www.unioncountyfair.org
Wheeler  |  Aug 7-11  |  www.wheelercountyoregon.com/fair-board
Yamhill  |  July 31-Aug 3  |  www.co.yamhill.or.us/fair

Previous Static Display Participating Counties

2017

County # of Entries
Benton 7
Clatsop 1
Columbia 1
Coos 2
Deschutes 2
Douglas 1
Jackson 4
Lane 4
Linn 6
Marion 22
Multnomah 3
Polk 35
Washington 5
Yamhill 7

2018

County # of Entries
Benton 1
Clackamas 2
Curry 2
Jefferson 1
Lane 2
Linn 7
Marion 11
Polk 5
Tillamook 2
Umatilla 1
Wheeler 1
Yamhill 3

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