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Harney County Fair, Rodeo & Race Meet 2013

Don Slone, Fair Manager
69660 S. Egan Street
PO Box 391
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: 541-573-6447
FAX: 541-573-6400
Email: don.slone@co.harney.or.us
Harney County Fair

2013~A Family Affair With Country Flair

The Harney County Fair dates back to 1888 when the first such event was held.  Each year the County Fair is held the week after Labor Day.  This is a full blown event with the County Fair, NPRA Rodeo, ParaMutual Horse Racing, and amusement rides.  Residents gather from all around Harney County for the week to show their 4H animals and participate in innumerable events at this big event.  Many schools even take the week off as their students participate in the 4H judged events. For more Harney County Fair History visit our Fair History page.

We will have updated information posted here soon regarding our 2013 Harney County Fair.














Long time Harney County resident Carol Purdy has been selected as the 2013 Grand Marshall of the 89th Harney County Fair, Rodeo, and Racemeet, to be held on the dates o September 3-8, 2013 in Burns, Oregon.

Carol Schlemmer was born on December 9, 1937 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She grew up in nearby Quincy, 2013 Grand Marshall Carol PurdyMassachusetts, with both towns being suburbs of Boston. She was a city girl moving with her folks to Port Angeles, Washington, in 1949 where her father was previously stationed in the Coast Guard. She attended Roosevelt Junior High and Port Angeles High School graduating from high school on June 2, 1955.

Not long after moving to Port Angeles, she met her husband Wayne Purdy at a Grange Hall dance. When Carol was seventeen she married Wayne on June 6, 1955, and they moved to Silvies Valley on December 22, 1955.
Living in Silvies Valley was quite a culture shock for Carol. Wayne was a rancher and a logger, and had his folks and three other brothers that also ranched. In their house at the Old Cross Ranch, they had no running water or electricity. Their nearest neighbor was a few miles away. Carol has survived the culture shock, and as of today has lived in Silvies Valley fifty-seven years.

Carol and Wayne reared three children, Shari, Bret, and Valri. A devastating car accident claimed the life of Bret in 1987. The oldest daughter Shari, passed away in 2006.

In 1985, Wayne was hurt in a logging accident, and Carol has been the rancher ever since. She says “I did not apply for the job, I inherited it”, and spent the next seventeen years doing all of the ranch work herself with family and friends helping out occasionally. In 2002, the ranch was leased to Joe and Gay Cronin.

Carol has been an outstanding volunteer at the Harney County Fair for thirty-five years. The 89th Harney County Fair will be her 36th Fair. She has worked in various areas of the Fair, but mostly in the Crop Section of Open Class Exhibits.

Carol is looking forward to the 89th Harney County Fair, and also to a Schlemmer family reunion this summer in July at Magone Lake in Grant County. This will mark the first reunion for the Schlemmer family in many years.
Carol will still be working in the Exhibit Building at this years’ Fair. She says “I will have more stories and jokes to tell than ever before. I look forward to seeing all of my friends and family at the Fair!”

Carol was interviewed on May 23, 2013 by Don Slone, who wrote this biography.

2013 Fair Court: Chrissy Moon, Queen

2013 Fair Queen Chrissy Moon


View and/or Download the 2012 Harney County Fair Book

View the Harney County Fairgrounds Locator Map and the Map of the Harney County Fairgrounds.

2013 Fair Gate Admission Fees







16 to 60 Years




6-15 Years



0-5 Years

Over 60

Season Pass

Daily Pass


With fee this schedule, those people buying season passes are basically getting one day at the Fair for free.

The “Official Host Hotels” of the Harney County Fair-

Best WesternRory & Ryan


Follow this link for a full listing of the 2013 Fair Entertainers

Fairs Help Feed America Program:

Every day at the 2013 Harney County Fair, the Fair Board, the Senior Center, and the Hilander Booster Club will be teaming up for a program titled “Fairs Help Feed America”. We are asking all visitors that come to the Fair to bring non-perishable food items for a chance of winning numerous prizes in a drawing at the end of the Fair. The food will be used to help feed Harney County through the Senior Center.

Fairs Help Feed America

Entertainment Director: Don Slone
2013 Harney County Fair Poster Coming Soon!
Davis Amusement Cascadia

All day POP (pay one price) wrist bands presale price will be $23 and are good for all day each day on September 5-6-7-8, 2013. That gives anyone about ten hours of ride time for $23, or about $2.30 per hour. A person can expect to ride the rides at least 5 times in one hour. The cost for the POP onsite at the Carnival will be $30.

Food Concessions: Don Slone – # Concession Spaces: 15
Commercial Exhibits: Don Slone – # Exhibit Spaces: 26 # RV Spaces (12 month): 32
Rodeo Sanctioned By: NPRA, ICA
Stock Contractor: B bar D Rodeo Co.


2012 Schedule of Events & Details (2013 Schedule of Events & Details coming soon):