The Sherman County Fair began in 1909. The County negotiated for grounds adjacent to the Experiment Station on the hill above Moro and bought it from Eastern Oregon Land Company. The present day location opened in 1911.
Today, the Sherman County fairgrounds serve as a gathering place for the community to showcase their products and skills. It creates educational, social, cultural and economic opportunities to help preserve and promote agriculture, traditions and history that are so very important to residents of Sherman County. This is the Sherman County Fair timeline as through 1989. Updates are appreciated and can be emailed to me.
|The first real Sherman County Fair was held in October.
|This fair was held in downtown Moro with animals housed in the livery stable.
|The County negotiated for grounds adjacent to the Experiment Station and bought it from Eastern Oregon Land Company.
|The new fair grounds opened.
|Children’s Industrial Fair started.
|A big year at the fairgrounds:
|A Ferris wheel and other amusements were set up in downtown Moro during the fair. Munter offered aeroplane flights out of the fairgrounds.
|There were enough horses in the county to have races of our own plus some free-for-all races.
|A short fair because of the war.
|The largest attendance so far, 800 paid admissions on Friday alone.
|September fairs started this year. A new event, a smoker, was organized with local fighters.
|All of the buildings were painted. A new chariot race event was started with newer, lighter chariots.
|A 4-H Fair was all that was held because of the depression.
|Renewal came. The Civilian Conservation Corps, “the CCC boys,” made improvements, repainted buildings, constructed bucking chutes, corrals and arenas, put new windows in the barns and re-wired the buildings. A successful 3-day fair with exciting chariot races and bucking horses.
|A successful racing program was developed. Events included a large carnival, bucking show and stock show.
|Mac Barbour’s Rodeo came to the fair.
|Starting gates were built for the race track.
|We crowned our first fair queen and court.
|Only 4-H livestock and 4-H projects were exhibited. Many Sherman County kids took their livestock to the Pacific International Livestock Show and won!
|Mid-Columbia Riders Club competitions, a calf scramble, carnival and horse racing events.
|The arena was sprinkled for the horse show, races and rodeo. Big carnival.
|Sherman County had a large horse show with more classifications than the State Fair!
|A hot water tank was installed in the pavilion so 4-H club members could cook.
|The fair queen and her court put Sherman County on the map by participating in rodeo and fair parades.
|A new pavilion was built for 4-H exhibits.
|A new covered show arena was built.
|The first grand marshal, Giles French, was chosen as Mr. Sherman County.
|Twin Douma and the Bothwell twins: a Twin Contest.
|All previous grand marshals were honored – Sherman County Centennial Year.