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Malheur County Fair is ready to roll

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — What a difference six months can make.

In January, the Malheur County Fairgrounds resembled a war zone with busted buildings and fences and questions about whether it would even recover.

Fast-forward to last week and Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani was preparing for the latest edition of Malheur County’s premier summer festival and the future is wide open.

Bloodied but unbowed, this year’s fair may be one of the best yet, Christiani said. The fair starts Tuesday, Aug. 1, and runs through that Saturday.

“I think it will be as big or bigger than it has ever been,” Christiani said.

The landscape, though, is changed. Renowned buildings – such as Girvin Hall – are gone, victims of the spate of severe winter storms that rolled over the area last winter.

“The better question to ask is what will be the . . .