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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MAY 30, 2018
WOE Fair set to celebrate 86 years of tradition
ing the excitement and passion
in my daughter, as well as the
number of girls who have ap-
plied this year for the court, is
exactly what I was looking for.”
Schwieger says, for much
of its history, the fair has been
free. In recent years, competi-
tion for limited philanthrop-
ic sponsorships has become
much greater and resulted in a
small admission fee to pay for
the direct costs of producing
the three-day event. They need
more vendors, volunteers and
sponsors to ensure the success
of its 86th year.
This year’s highlights are:
The Gene Campbell Memorial
Lumberjack Show, the Habi-
tat for Humanity Weiner Dog
Races, the Cottage Grove Bible
Church’s Grand Prix Racing,
the Royal Court Crowning
Ceremony, live performances,
demonstrations, ten categories
of competitive exhibits, and
children’s activities, including
the popular pet parade featur-
ing a menagerie of critters.
For more information, vis-
it the fair website at www.woe
By Cindy Weeldreyer
For The Sentinel
ocal historians note
Cottage Grove has
had fairs, festivals
and exhibitions since the ear-
ly 1900s. Three of the oldest
annual celebratory traditions
still with us today are the
Western Oregon Exposition
(WEO) Family Fair (1932),
the rodeo (1947) and Bohe-
mia Mining Days (1959).
Today’s fast-paced, tech-
nology-driven lifestyles make
it especially challenging to
maintain the traditions deep-
ly rooted in America’s more
of yesteryear. Yet this chal-
lenge has not deterred the
determined volunteers of the
WOE’s board of directors and
area coordinators, who annu-
ally produce the WOE Family
Fair and Lumberjack Show on
the third weekend of August;
this year’s fair is Aug. 17-19.
PHOTO BY GREG LEE
According to WOE Board TRADITIONS — Particpant in the annual lumberman event competed during last year’s WOE Fair.
president Ken Schwieger, in
and the sponsors they recruit.”
“I grew up loving tradition, gram and left the meeting as
was when my oldest son (now
its early years during in the
WOE is one of our local the new WOE Royal Court
1930s and 1940s, the South
Lane Fair drifted around uti- been part of the fair’s barn ac- a child,” she said. “We are still events that brings our commu- Director,” says Johnson. “See-
lizing a wide variety of venues: tivities and 4-H Club before taking vendor applications. nity together,” Johnson says.
schools, lumberyards, garages, becoming the barn supervisor To encourage more vendors “I got involved mainly for my
parks and the Armory. Then, in two years ago. She said it was this year we have reduced our daughter. There is a lot of bul-
1952, the fair was incorporated her then three-year-old daugh- booth prices, which are listed lying going on in our schools
as the Western Oregon Exposi- ter who led her to become more on our website.”
“Children today don’t know
The newest member of the
tion, Inc., a title more inclusive active in fair operations.
“She was enthralled with WOE Board is Sabina Johnson much about our town’s histo-
to participants beyond South
the animals after being able to who, like Griﬃth-Burchﬁeld, ry and why that history is still
In the mid-1950s, a combi- touch and hold a few of them,” has been a vendor for many valid today,” adds Johnson, who
nation of businesses, organi- Brink recalls. “We began plan- years. In an era of widespread says she recalls the three oldest
zations and an army of volun- ning our vacations around the cell phone/media addiction, summertime traditions each
teers established a permanent fair, so she could participate she believes the fair is an im- having royal courts that pro-
home for it on seven acres of and be a part of the barn activ- portant part of Cottage Grove’s moted community service and
land donated by local lumber- ities. Now I enjoy seeing other history and preserves a long- volunteerism.
“I went to a WOE board
man Stanley Daugherty at 2000 children enjoying these whole- standing opportunity to teach
some projects, which foster a children and adults the value of meeting to learn why they
North Douglas Ave.
stopped their royal court pro-
Today the site boasts two greater level of responsibility in community participation.
60-by-60-foot buildings, two their lives.”
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stages, which provide much proudly promotes the Youth
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the year-round organization.
Nine years ago, as a mem- sponsors allow youth to exhibit
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