Explore Oregon Showcase

It’s where the Creative Living Department puts its best foot forward. Check out the Explore Oregon Showcase in Columbia Hall!

 

Friday, August 23rd – “Back To School”


Minute To Win It Games – 12:00 pm
Contestants have ten challenges using household items. Sign-up is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Columbia Hall Information Desk. Limit of 10 contestants.

Chug-a-Lug and Milk Mustache Contest – 2:00 pm
Courtesy of the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador Program. Sign up from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk. Limit of 15 contestants per contest.

DIY Fairy Garden Challenge – 4:00 pm
Entrants create their own one-of-kind fairy garden in 30 minutes, and will be judged by Sandy Anello of Aunt Bee’s House. Online registration closes August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 10 contestants. REGISTER HERE!

Hot Mama Salsa Hot Wing Eating Contest – 5:00 pm
Contestants will compete to progress through a series of 10 hot wings that increase in heat intensity. Online registration closes August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit 6 contestants. REGISTER HERE!


Saturday, August 24th  “Oregon Proud”


Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest – 12:00 pm

Come Find your Fun and showcase your artistic talent and imagination at the second annual Oregon State Fair Sidewalk Chalk Art contest! All ages are welcome. Youth 17 and younger can enter for free, but entrants age 10 and younger require adult supervision. There’s a $10 registration fee for adults 18 and up. The fee for family/team entries (up to four members) is $15. A box of colored chalk is included as part of each registration. Artists are encouraged to bring their own chalks and supplies. Registration deadline is Friday, August 23rd. Online registration ends on August 30th, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability or call 971-701-6571. Registered participants check in at 11:45 am at the Creative Living Info Desk in Columbia Hall.  Walk-ins will be accommodated based upon availability. REGISTER HERE! UPDATE: This competition has been rescheduled 12:00pm Saturday August 31st. 

Ima Blueberry’s Muffin Contest – 2:00 pm
Courtesy of the Oregon Blueberry Commission, this contest invites grandparents, parents and kids to team up in the creation of the best blueberry muffins for breakfast or snacks. The recipe must be attached to the muffin. Online registration ends on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 15 contestant teams. Entries must be dropped off at the Columbia Hall Information Desk between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm on August 24th. REGISTER HERE!

Shape of Oregon Contest – 4:00 pm
Contestants craft the shape of Oregon, based on ideas found in the Creative Living handbook downloads. Use your imagination to find the best medium: woodworking, yarn, cake, agriculture, scarecrows or even recycled materials. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 15 contestants. Entries should be dropped off between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk on August 24th. REGISTER HERE!

Oregon Jeopardy – 5:00 pm
Prep quiz is from 3:30 to 4:00 pm, courtesy of Oregon Archives. Contestants vie for blue, red and white ribbons. Signup is between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk on August 24th.

Willamette Valley Pie Eating Contest – 6:00 pm
Sign up from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk.


Sunday, August 25th – “Oregon Ag”


Going Nuts for Hazelnuts Contest – 12:00 pm

Contestants offer their best recipes featuring hazelnuts, explore new and unusual ways to make the most of Oregon’s favorite nuts—aka filberts. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 10 contestants. REGISTER HERE!


Monday, August 26th – “Kids Day, Let’s Play”


Minute To Win It Games – 12:00 pm
Contestants have ten challenges using household items. Sign-up is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Columbia Hall Information Desk. Limit of 10 contestants.

Funny Face Sandwich Contest – 2:00 pm
Kids compete to create funny face sandwiches with Dave’s Killer Bread. Entries must include a list of items used, and proof-of-purchase of Dave’s Killer Bread (receipt or logo from bag). Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 15 contestants age 12 and younger. REGISTER HERE!

Game of Cookies Contest – 4:00 pm
A cookie-making contest worthy of the Great American Baking Show. Contestants create board game pieces out of cookie dough. For inspiration, refer to the extensive board game library at Ticket To Play Boardgame Café. (Salemtickettoplaycafe.com) Game pieces must be edible. Must include photo of board game and piece for comparison. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 10 contestants. REGISTER HERE!


Tuesday, August 27th – Tailgate Party

DIY—Duct Tape Craft Challenge – 1:00 pm
Contestants use duct tape to create masterpieces that are functional, decorative or wearable. The best imagination wins! Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 15 contestants. REGISTER HERE!

4th Annual Top Your Hot Dog – 2:00 pm
Brought to you by Roxy Dogs and Beaver Brand™ condiments. Contestants create their own unique combinations of hot dog toppings, striving for hot dog supremacy. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 10 contestants. Entries should be dropped off between 10:00 and 2:00 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk on August 27th. Must include the recipe during the competition. Hot Dogs and buns will be provided. REGISTER HERE!

Creative Living Scavenger Hunt – 5:00 pm
Contestants form teams of four to compete in this quest to “gather” all of the items on the Creative Living Scavenger Hunt List to be provided. Teams have 45 minutes to complete the mission, and all team members must be present at the finish. Signup goes from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk, at which time teams will receive additional instructions. Limited to four teams of four.

Willamette Valley Pie Eating Contest – 6:00 pm
Sign up from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk.


Wednesday, August 28th – Heritage Day


Heirloom Recipe Contest – 2:00 pm
To be judged by Willamette Valley Kitchen, this unique contest calls for your priceless made-from-scratch recipes that have been handed down within your family for at least the past 50 years. And because every great heirloom recipe has a great story behind it, we definitely want to hear yours if you enter—in 350 words or less. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Limit of 15 entrants. Entries should be dropped off at the Columbia Hall Information Desk between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm on August 28th. REGISTER HERE!

Steampunk Parade Costume Contest – 5:00 pm
The Victorian era gave birth to the Steampunk aesthetic, which was also inspired by the science fiction works of writers like Jules Vern, H.G. Wells, and even Mary Shelly of Frankenstein fame. Contestants will design their own Steampunk costumes within compliance of Creative Living guidelines, which will be provided upon entry. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Groups and individuals may enter. REGISTER HERE!


Thursday, August 29th – A Day At The Coast


Grown-up Grilled Cheese Contest – 1:00 pm
Contestants will showcase their personal interpretations of the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Entries can be savory or sweet, and use a variety of cheeses. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Entries should be dropped off at the Columbia Hall Information Desk between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm on August 29th. Limit of 15 contestants. REGISTER HERE!


Friday, August 30th – Creative Living Day


DIY – Dollar Store Makeovers – 2:00 pm
This contest to be judged by Darci Haney will invite crafters and makers to “throw down” their best efforts to create a dollar store makeover. Entries must include the retail receipt proving the item was purchased for a dollar or less, and must also include a “before” picture for comparison. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Entries should be dropped off at the Columbia Hall Information Desk between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. Limit of 15 contestants. REGISTER HERE!

Fudge Family Feud – 5:00 pm
Jami Curl will judge this contest, which pits two-person teams (couples comprised of friends or family members) to do battle in the kitchen as they create their favorite fudge recipes. Winners from each couple will go on to compete for Best of Show. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected] to check on space availability. Entries should be dropped off at the Columbia Hall Information Desk between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. Limit of six sets of two contestants. REGISTER HERE!


Saturday, August 31st – Bee At The Fair!


Win It In A Minute Games – 12:00 pm
Contestants have ten challenges using household items. Sign-up is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Columbia Hall Information Desk. Limit of 10 contestants

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest – 12:00 pm
Come Find your Fun and showcase your artistic talent and imagination at the second annual Oregon State Fair Sidewalk Chalk Art contest! All ages are welcome. Youth 17 and younger can enter for free, but entrants age 10 and younger require adult supervision. There’s a $10 registration fee for adults 18 and up. The fee for family/team entries (up to four members) is $15. A box of colored chalk is included as part of each registration. Artists are encouraged to bring their own chalks and supplies. Registration deadline is Friday, August 23rd. Online registration ends on August 30th, after which would-be entrants need to contact [email protected]air.org to check on space availability or call 971-701-6571. Registered participants check in at 11:45 am at the Creative Living Info Desk in Columbia Hall.  Walk-ins will be accommodated based upon availability. REGISTER HERE! UPDATE: This competition was scheduled for 12:00pm Saturday August 24th and got rescheduled to 12:00pm Saturday August 31st. 

Bee At The Fair – Junior time: 2:45 pm – Teen Adult Time: 3:45 pm
How well can you spell? Find out as a contestant in this classic spelling bee, and compete for blue, red and white ribbons. Signup between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk.


Sunday, Sept. 1st – 60th Anniversary Gerry Frank Day!                                            

The 60th Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest – 2:00 pm
We’re celebrating six decades of hosting this iconic contest featuring the estimable Gerry Frank as the solo judge. Cakes must be dropped off in the Columbia Hall between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm


Monday, Sept. 2nd – Hometown Heroes

CosPlay Contest and Kids Costume Parade – 5:00 pm
CosPlay is the practice of crafting detailed costumes to recreate a character from a movie, book, video, etc. Contestants pay great attention to detail, craftsmanship, authenticity and creativity as they design their own costumes in compliance with Oregon State Fair Creative Living Guidelines—to be provided upon entry along with the judging criteria. Online registration closes on August 22nd, after which interested parties should email to [email protected] to learn about space availability. Groups and individuals may enter. All child participants will be invited on stage to parade in their costumes, and all will earn ribbons of participation. Children are not required to enter online, and can signup on September 2nd at the Columbia Hall Information Desk between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. REGISTER HERE!

Willamette Valley Pie Eating Contest – 6:00 pm
Sign up from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Columbia Hall Information Desk.