The 2020 Oregon State Fair is canceled

No mass gatherings to be allowed during our fair dates.

 The 2020 Oregon State Fair, originally scheduled to run from August 28 through September 7, is canceled per State of Oregon restrictions on the size of mass gatherings. The announcement was made today by Oregon’s governor: mass gatherings are prohibited through September as part of the Governor’s phased reopening plan. This decision was driven by the need to guarantee safe social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, aka COVID-19.

The Oregon State Fair Council had hoped to continue the 156-year tradition of this classic American state fair. But the Council fully supports the State of Oregon’s measured, scientific, and responsible approach to combatting COVID-19.

The health and safety of fairgoers, exhibitors, competitors, performers, sponsors, vendors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the top priority of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.

The Fair’s management and staff is currently focused on developing a strategy to reopen these facilities when appropriate, and to welcome guests back for the 2021 Oregon State Fair, scheduled for August 27 through September 6 of next year. 


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Our Mission

The mission of the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center is to provide a reason and a place for all people to gather, connect, learn, embrace excellence in all forms and celebrate the achievements of Oregonians.

Our Vision

We envision a relevant Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center that embodies good stewardship of the public’s trust and serves as a self-sustaining asset for Oregonians to treasure long into the future.

Adopted by the Oregon State Fair Council on 12/4/14


Council Members

  • Kevin Cameron - Chair Marion County Commissioner 
  • Vicki Berger - Vice Chair Former Representative, Oregon State Legislature 
  • Loyal Burns - Council Member Board of Directors, Veterinary Services Inc. & Sheep Breeder
  • Jon Chandler - Council Member - Immediate Past Council Chair Former Executive Director, Oregon Home Builders Association
  • Gene Derfler - Council Member - Past Council Chair Former Senate President, Oregon State Senate
  • George Jennings - Council Member Counsel to the President, Mountain West Investment Co.
  • Dayna Jung - Council Member Consultant/Owner, Project Design Group
  • Austin McGuigan - Council Member Community Development Director, Polk County
  • Representative Mike Nearman - Advisory Council Member Oregon State House of Representatives
  • Leah Perkins-Hagele - Council Member Fairgrounds Manager, Washington County Fair Complex
  • Steve Powers - Advisory Council Member Salem City Manager
  • Senator Arnie Roblan - Advisory Council Member Oregon State Senate
  • Craig Smith - Council Member - Past Council Chair Former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chemeketa Community College



  • Michael Paluszak Director and Chief Executive Officer
  • Kim Grewe-Powell Deputy Director
  • Jim Hinkle Director of Administration and Operations
  • Wayne Petersen Director of Expo Center Events and State Fair Vendors


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Oregon State Fair Council

2330 17th Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

(971) 701-6573