Best of the Best at the Oregon State Fair

The Best of the Best Competition, for all county fairs in Oregon.

There was a time when Oregon’s 36 county fairs were the pathway to statewide competitions at the Oregon State Fair. That tradition faded away some years ago. But now, the Oregon State Fair is pleased to announce a revival of those good old ways—in the form of the Best of the Best Competition.

This program will showcase the best of the best from every county in Oregon, in a variety of competitive categories. The state fair will create exclusive competitions for county fair qualifiers, in an effort to provide even greater exposure to folks willing to share their expertise. The underlying idea is ultimately to create a stronger bond and increased sense of pride among the outstanding fairs that distinguish our state. Handbook Results

Animal Competitions are all about tradition.

The State Fair will partner with Oregon 4-H and Oregon FFA to raise prize money that encourages and supports student projects and ongoing education. County winners will be featured in State Fair public relations efforts via social media, news releases and awards ceremonies. There will be two divisional winners in the category, each receiving a $250 cash prize.

Creative Living Competitions offer abundant opportunity.

A total of four Best of the Best prizes will be up for grabs in the State Fair’s Creative Living sector, each taking home a $250 cash prize, in four departments: Crafts, Culinary, Textiles and Visual Arts. Qualifying entries must have won a blue ribbon, best of division or best of show at the Oregon county fair level.

A Best of the Best Creative Living handbook will be available on this page in the near future, along with instructions on how to enter online. Remote drop-off sites for entries will also be announced here soon. One Best of Division winner will be announced for each of 12 divisions in the four departments, of which four will go on to be named Best of the Best.

A statewide talent show like no other.

The Oregon Fairs Talent Search creates a direct link from Oregon’s awesome county fairs to the Oregon State Fair. The top three finalist from each participating county fair will earn free admission to the State Fair, and the ultimate winners at the statewide level will receive very nice grand prizes.

The contest is open to three age categories. The children’s division is for talented kids age five to nine. The youth division is awaiting eager entrants age ten to 17. And of course, the adult division sets the stage for those folks age 18 and up who’ve never been able to shake the entertainment bug. Taken altogether, this contest is an ideal showcase for talent from throughout our amazing state.

Use this volunteer form to participate in any of these events!