“Dream” campsite on display at the Oregon State Fair (2010)
Visit the Sports, Health & Recreation Area
OPRD’s Let’s Go Camping display includes examples of good and bad ways to set up camp based on Leave No Trace camping principles. You can even win a prize by identifying what’s wrong in the “bad” site. Stop by for free s’mores at the evening campfire.Several partners are on site giving camping tips. The Boy Scouts are demonstrating ways to set up a g00d camp. The Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center has displays of animal pelts and a live bird. Get ready for ski season by entering to win a ski package from Hoodoo Recreation.
New this year at the Sports, Health and Recreation Area are a sand board park, a kids’ outdoor fishing aquarium, sand sculpting demonstrations, go-cart flat track racing and bowling lanes. Returning activities include ATV safety rides, a climbing wall, a skate park, the mountain biking skills area and monster truck rides. New exhibitors include the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team, which has set up a batting cage, and the Cherry City Derby Girls.
Major thanks to STIHL®
The Let’s Go Camping program received a huge boost this week when STIHL® presented a $20,000 check to OPRD Director Tim Wood. The STIHL® donation is in appreciation for having the fair as the venue for the 25th anniversary STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The contribution will support future Let’s Go Camping events and purchase 250 trees for a reforestation project at Silver Falls State Park.