Try This: Fair reaches homestretch

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Visitors can give the thrill rides one more go as the Clark County Fair draws to a close this weekend. Today, the tuff trucks will make some noise at 2 and 7 p.m. at the grandstands, followed by the always popular monster trucks at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Fair highlights include the Clark County Junior Livestock Auction at 11 a.m. today; the Sea Lion Splash at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. today and Sunday; and the Pirates of the Caribbean Fire Dive Show at 2 and 4 p.m. today and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Fair fans still have a chance to take in a hypnotist show, see the horse exhibitions, explore the world of ToyTopia or grab an elephant ear for the road.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors, $7 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and younger; $6 for parking.

Telephone: 360-397-6180.


The fair is among many options for getting out and about this weekend. Here are some other suggestions:

2. Local theater

Serendipity Players presents “Crumbs From the Table of Joy,” a coming-of-age story set in 1950 by award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Recently widowed Godfrey moves his daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, from the rural south to Brooklyn to follow the teaching of Father Divine. Until revolutionary Aunt Lily, who stands for everything the strict Godfrey dislikes, moves in.

When: 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Decker Theater, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $15; pay what you will on Sunday matinees.

Telephone: 360-834-2588.


Journey Theater presents “Shrek the Musical” the musical adaptation of DreamWorks’ unconventional fairy tale. In a faraway kingdom, Shrek finds his swamp overrun with fairy-tale creatures on the run from Lord Farquaad. To restore the solitude of his swamp, he agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for Farquaad, accompanied by the overly talkative donkey.

When: 2 and 7:30 tonight; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Mago Hunt Theater, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland.

Admission: $25 to $28; $22 to $25 for youth and seniors and 2 p.m. today.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


3. Summertime brews

Local tastes will be showcased at the Vancouver Brewfest, with more than 70 beers, ciders, spirits and wines available, including specialty drinks created for the festival. This celebration of craft beer will also feature food by local restaurants and caters, and live music by local bands. Event proceeds will benefit Disabled American Veterans, Northwest Battle Buddies and Second Chance Companions.

When: Noon to 10 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.

Admission: $15 to $20 for 21 and older; $30 to $35 for VIP tickets.


4. British and American life

Fort Vancouver will host a new event, “Village and Barracks Come Alive,” featuring two periods of the national site’s history. Re-enactors and volunteers will bring the employee village of the Hudson’s Bay Company to life, with 1840s games, dances and cooking along the Land Bridge Trail. Across from the Pearson Air Museum, re-enactors and horses from the 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry will interpret army life in the 1860s.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

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5. Heroes in a half shell

A crime wave is sweeping New York City, as Shredder and the Foot Clan terrorize the city. Broadcast reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) stumbles into her big break, after witnessing four vigilantes taking down the clan’s crooks. Genetically mutated turtles Rafael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo need April’s help to thwart Shredder’s plans. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is rated PG-13.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; Regal Cinemas, various locations, Vancouver.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema: 360-666-7200; Cinetopia: 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23: 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas: 800-326-3264.