Try This: You’re a grand old fair

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Get ready for the 143th edition of the Clark County Fair featuring a variety of displays, performances, rides, exhibitions, competitions and cotton candy. Highlights for this weekend include a concert by REO Speedwagon at the Sleep Country Amphitheater, a DockDogs competition, a medieval joust, a kids’ circus and a master hypnotist. The featured exhibit will be “The Old Firehouse,” which will display more than two centuries of firefighting apparatus and equipment, from a horse-drawn steam fire engine to a 2012 factory-fresh pumper.

When: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors 62 and older, $7 for children 7-12, free for 7 and younger; parking $6 per vehicle. Carnival ride prices: $1 for each ride coupon; $23 for ride sheets of 25 coupons; $70 for ride sheets of 80 coupons; $30 all-day ride wristbands Saturday and Sunday.

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The county fair is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include a play and a car show.

  1. Color outside the lines

Join dozens of artists on the sidewalks of downtown Vancouver for Art in the Heart, an annual celebration of local art. The event features artists showcasing and selling their work along with live music, demonstrations, art activities, author readings and a fashion show. The participating galleries will each feature different exhibits, from Gallery360’s Fiber Arts and Fashion Show to North Bank Artist Gallery’s public drawing sessions with costumed models and the “Universal Unfinished Canvas Forever.”

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: In downtown Vancouver along Main Street between Ninth and 11th streets, and on Ninth Street between Main and Washington streets. The event will also extend down Evergreen Boulevard, from Washington to Columbia streets.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-258-1129.

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  1. A play for dog lovers

Serendipity Players’ inaugural play, “Sylvia,” tells the story of a man, his dog and his wife. Greg finds Sylvia, a stray dog played by a human actor. But Greg’s wife, Kate, becomes dismayed as Greg turns more attention to their new pet. The story explores the complex relationship between people and their pets. The play is produced in partnership with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and will feature Tess, one of their adoptable dogs.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Minnehaha Grange, 4905 N.E. St. Johns Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $12, $10 for students and seniors.

Telephone: 360-843-3588.

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  1. Timeless auto design

Get a close-up view of showroom-quality classic cars on the lawns of Officers Row during the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance. The vehicles will be judged for historical accuracy, technical merit, elegance and style. Awards for Best in Show and Best in Class will be presented at 2:30 p.m. The vehicles on display will range from a Model T to a Ferrari, along with motorcycles and other specialty vehicles.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Officers Row, 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver.

Admission: $8-$10, free for youth 12 and under.

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  1. Fight for supremacy in ‘Planet of the Apes’

San Francisco scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) hopes to cure his father’s (John Lithgow) Alzheimer’s with an experimental drug. When his work is deemed a failure, Will decides to continue his experiments in secret with Caesar, an infant chimp with unusual intelligence who was exposed to the drug. As Caesar’s intellect and abilities grow, he becomes a threat to human supremacy. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is rated PG-13.

When: Showtimes vary.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; various Clark County Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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