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Blue ribbons, ice cream cones and music are back as Malheur County Fair cranks up

A drone view of the Malheur County Fairgrounds in Ontario days before the opening of the 2021 fair and rodeo. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Last week, four days before the beginning of the Malheur County Fair, Lynelle Christiani’s office was busy.

Christiani, the fair manager, was on hold on the phone with a shipping company as she tracked down an order of wrist bands even as parents filtered in to sign up their children for 4H and Future Farmers of America events.

Meanwhile, questions about parking passes and ribbon entry forms from parents echoed as volunteers entered the office and asked Christiani for guidance on the next project.

“This is actually pretty calm,” Christiani said.

The fair will open Tuesday . . .