By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

13th Annual Columbia County Fair is bringing Fair Dreams in a Small Town


September 7, 2023

Lane Gwinn

Tyler Huff, Columbia County Facilities Manager was on hand Tuesday to help Rose Engelbrite and all the superintendents and volunteeers set up the Pavilian for the Columbia County Fair's opening day on Friday September 8. The fair runs through Sunday September 10.

DAYTON-It takes an army of good-natured volunteers to put together the displays for the Columbia County Fair at the Pavilion. There are over thirty booths and displays in the Pavilion, featuring food preservation, garden and produce, baking, floral, fine arts, needle craft and sewing, photography, quilting as well as booths advertising businesses and fraternal organizations. For each, there are superintendents who are there to accept the entries and display them to be judged.

Rose Englebrite has been involved with the fair for twenty-two years. She is known for her dedication, hours of hard work, and humor she brings to her role as Superintendent of the Pavilion. If you know Engelbrite, you have been asked to judge, set-up, or have a booth come September. It is hard to turn her down, but she never asks anyone to do more than they can.

If you are asked, take the opportunity to get involved with the fair and the exhibits at the Pavilion. It is a great way to meet new people and see the best of the community.

Englebrite said many people don't know the Columbia County Fair is open to anyone living in the Hospital District, and that includes Starbuck, Waitsburg, and Prescott, as well as Dayton.

The Columbia County Fair Board and Hostesses Baily, Kylee, and Wynter invite you to three days of Fair Dreams in a Small Town this weekend, September 8, 9, and 10. Gate admission for the annual Columbia County Fair includes the rodeo at 5 p.m., Bluegrass Jam at 7 p.m., on Friday. On Saturday, the Demolition Derby smashes it up at 5 p.m. On Sunday, it's the Livestock Sale at noon. The Farmer Olympics will start at 3 p.m. and all exhibits are on display until 5 p.m. Sunday.


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