Oregon Century: History of the Jackson County Fair

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Rogue Valley residents have always liked to put on a show. The first Jackson County fair was called the Agricultural Show and it was held in Jacksonville in 1859.  Then, in

Posted: May. 10, 2016 5:05 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 1:38 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Rogue Valley residents have always liked to put on a show. The first Jackson County fair was called the Agricultural Show and it was held in Jacksonville in 1859. 
 

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Then, in 1872, the Jackson County Fair Association was organized and there has been a Jackson County Fair held ever since, making it one of the longest-running fairs in the state.
 

The first fairgrounds were off of South Oakdale in Medford, but in 1898, the fair moved to a location near to where the Medford Armory is now. 
 

Eighty years later, it moved to its current location in Central Point. 
 

For 120 years now, Jackson County has hosted a county fair. It has changed locations at least three times, but in all those years, it remains fairly faithful to what the founding fathers originally had in mind.

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