August 23 - september 2


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.

Our entire team is elated with the return of this proud annual event-one of America’s classic state fairs-running from August 27th through September 6th. Scores of traditional features and attractions of the Fair will be presented in the best way we know how. Still, our programming efforts were unavoidably impacted by the pandemic as planning for certain familiar aspects of the Fair required longer lead times than CDC and Oregon Health Authority safety guidelines allowed. 

We regret that the Best of the Best Competition is missing this year. Please rest assured that the 2022 Oregon State Fair will see the return of numerous crowd favorites.

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.

Are you the best? Stay tuned for more information about the Best of the Best competition in 2021!

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 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

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 or by phone at 971-701-6571.

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

Participating Fairs

Baker  |  August 2-10  |
Benton  |  July 31-Aug 3  |
Clackamas  |  Aug 13-17  |
Columbia  |  July 17-21  |
Crook  |  Aug 7-10  |
Curry  |  July 24-27  |
Douglas  |  Aug 6-10  |
Grant  |  Aug 14-17  |
Klamath  |  Aug 1-4  |
Lane  |  July 24-28  |
Lincoln  |  July 4-7  |
Marion  |  July 11-14  |
Morrow  |  Aug 14-17  |
Polk  |  Aug 8-10  |
Tillamook  |  Aug 7-10  |
Umatilla  |  Aug 6-10  |
Union  |  July 31-Aug 3  |
Wheeler  |  Aug 7-11  |
Yamhill  |  July 31-Aug 3  |

Previous Static Display Participating Counties


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


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