The Klamath County Fairgrounds has long been the “hub” for events for the Klamath Basin. Here is where you can find something going on every week throughout the year. From dog and rabbit shows to association meetings, motocross races to MMA cage fights, the fairgrounds are where the action is!
We’ve gone through the extensive list of Klamath Basin events, and picked 10 of the biggest must-attend events you’ll find at the
2019 marked the 10th anniversary of Klamath Freedom Days. While the Freedom Days themselves are actually a series of events, one of the biggest draws is the recent July 4th Freedom Celebration held at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The Freedom Celebration includes live music and lots of family friendly activities, culminating in a firework show over Klamath Falls. The fireworks can be seen up close at the Fairgrounds, but are large enough that you can see them around Klamath Falls and hear their boom while they are shooting off.
Early August marks not only the biggest event of the year for the fairgrounds, but also for Klamath County – the Fair!
Here is where you’ll find the traditional agricultural exhibits you expect – 4H and FFA youth working hard at exhibiting their swine,
cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits; exhibition halls full of produce, home baked goods, and handicrafts. You’ll also find vendor displays on tractors, from feed companies and from realtors that specialize in both ranches
Of course, you’ll want to take the kids through the Midway to enjoy games and rides alike. You’ll find all the ones you’ve known and loved here, making for a good time for those of all ages. No trip to the fair would be complete without also enjoying the food court and taking advantage of not only the traditional “fair food”, but also some of the outstanding food trucks from around the basin.
The Klamath County Fair has expanded in recent years and now also boasts of some of Klamath’s best entertainment. While the lineup changes from year to year, musical acts, comedians, demolition derby, and two days of rodeo action are just some of the things you can expect.
Who doesn’t love a good car show? Started in 2013, the annual Benefit for the Basin Car Show will be hosting it’s 7th show in 2019. This is a great place to view some beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles – all for a great cause. Beyond just the car show is a dinner on Friday night, several family friendly attractions on the day of the show, and a pancake breakfast the next morning. There are also a number of vendor booths and food trucks that attend the Benefit show, and you also have the opportunity
to purchase raffle tickets to win a rebuilt classic automobile!
Proceeds from the Benefit Show and the raffle go to fund the Benefit for the Basin Scholarship program, as well as to various youth and community projects and events in the Klamath Basin. Each year the proceeds offer scholarships to local area seniors in high school that can be used for college tuition, books, and more.
While the raffle vehicle(s) attend various events throughout the basin, the Car Show itself is held at the Fairgrounds during the end of September each year. It’s a 3-day event you won’t want to miss every Autumn.
For unique gifts for the people in your life, every Klamath County resident knows that the Quota Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair is just the place to visit! Held the first weekend of December in several rooms at the Fairgrounds, the bazaar features a huge array of interesting, amusing and hand-crafted gifts from local and area artisans. One of the largest Christmas Bazaars in the Basin, this event is also the longest running of its type for the area – being held for over 50 years! Rumor has is that Santa likes to make an appearance at this event too, so make sure to bring the kiddos!
The Quota Christmas Bazaar is the annual fundraiser for the Klamath Quota Chapter. The Chapter uses the funds generated by this event to purchase hearing aids for children, help those with hearing and speech difficulties, and make donations to other organizations who assist disadvantaged women and children.
The Klamath Bull and Horse Sale has been a Klamath County tradition for nearly 60 years and highlights the farm and ranching lifestyle which is such a vital part of the Klamath area. While the main features of the event are the bull and horse sales themselves, you are sure to find activities for everyone in the family. From dog trails to a stock horse show, events for the kids, rodeo, trade show and the opportunity to shop with local vendors and
artisans, the Bull Sale has something for every person, whether you are
involved in agriculture or not.
In addition to being a good time, proceeds support the education of Klamath County youth through the Klamath County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s Scholarship Program. The Klamath Bull and Horse Sale is held at the end of January or first part of February and runs for several days in a row.
Klamath County Farm Expo
Held annually since the 1970s, the Klamath County Farm Expo has been a showcase for Klamath County Agriculture since its inception. Attendees are invited to learn more about 4H, FFA, beekeeping, dairy, grain and hay production, potato farming, cattle ranching, timber, goats, swine and much more.
The Farm Expo is typically held in February and features attractions such as guest speakers, contests, seminars and various
demonstrations. They have cook-offs for adults and youth in 4H, local vendors offering crafts and hand-made goods, and equipment vendors showcasing the latest in farming and agriculture technology.
The second weekend of March is home to the Home & Outdoors Expo, formerly known as the Klamath Basin Homebuilders Home & Garden Show. This event has been around since 1991 and is THE home show for the Klamath Basin. The expo has expanded over the years from the smaller show that once focused on the buying, building and maintaining of home and garden spaces,
to the newly expanded expo which now includes the abundant recreational opportunities of the Klamath Basin.
Featuring seminars, demonstrations and some of the best local vendors in the Basin, the expo is put on by the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association, a chartered non-profit member of the National Association of Home Builders. Proceeds from the show support Klamath Basin HBA operations and allows them to donate to several local non-profits. Here you can see the latest trends in urban and in-ton building, talk with master gardeners in the area, and get advice on buying or building a home and ranch property.
Formerly known as the Horse packing and Wilderness Expo, this early May event weekend is a must attend for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. While quite a few of the seminars do focus on back country horse riding and packing, there are several demonstrations on outdoor safety, wilderness cooking, and how to choose the best camping equipment. Over 100 vendors attend the expo as well, providing a mix of jewelry, crafts, camping supplies, outdoor furniture, food and more – all of which is sure to delight!
For the kids there are lots of activities as well, such as stick pony decorating, games, and a fishing pond where they can catch fish to take home. There are also several competitions throughout the weekend for the whole family to enjoy. Watch the Crosscut Saw Competition, take in the Talent Show, or be awed by the Mounted Cowboy Shooting Competition.
Saturday night also features a dinner and silent auction. Proceeds go to the Back Country Horseman to continue their work in assisting both Federal and State Agencies with the clearing of trails throughout the area.
Take the kids and head on down to the fairgrounds near the end of May for the annual Spring Carnival. Featuring plenty of food,
entertainment and rides it’s the perfect way to kick off the much nicer late spring weather. The Orbiter, Zipper, Vertigo, Zendar, Starship 2000, Sizzler, Spider, and the Merry-go-round are just a few of the rides planned to be at the Spring Carnival. You can buy tickets ahead of time at the Klamath County fairgrounds office and save a few dollars, or purchase tickets at the
event. The Spring Carnival runs for four days straight, so you’ll have a chance to visit the event even if you have a
busy schedule during the week.
A fun event for the entire family, the Cody Sipes Memorial Motocross Race is a two-day annual event packed full of motorcross and quad racing action!
The Cody Sipes Memorial Motocross Race raises money for the Cody Sipes Memorial Fund, which funds scholarships for local youth. In 2019, 4 scholarships of $750 each were available and awarded during the race weekend. Cody was a local youth and avid outdoor enthusiast that loved to explore the areas in the Klamath basin, enjoy outdoor power sports, and make new friends. He passed away, but this event is a memorial to his love of the outdoors and offers support for other local youth in his
honor. It’s a worthy cause to attend every year.
With these 10 events, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get out and see what is happening in Klamath County throughout the year. There are multiple agricultural and farm events beyond those mentioned, as well as family events for the pets, gardening
expos, and meeting held regularly in the fairground offices that will keep you up-to-date on all that happens in the basin.
The fairgrounds serves as a focal point for the community, and offers meeting spaces, event spaces, and happenings throughout the year to keep you informed. Come spend some time at the fairgrounds!