Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

County Fair Records


Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

In 1994 the Friends of Multnomah County Fair, a non-profit organization, assumed responsibility for county fair operations.

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
Multnomah County Fair and Expo Study [oversized], 1963 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Records Center:
County Fair Handbooks [1999.068.06], 1924, 1929-1994 (1 cu.ft.);
Portland Expo Center Committee and Task Force Records [Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence-includes fair board minutes-1999.068.03], 1982-1994 (.75 cu.ft.);
Reports and Studies [Portland Expo Center-includes county fair documentation 1999.068.04], 1953-1994 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Multnomah County Central Library:
Fair Premium [Lists-title varies], 1957, 1959, 1964, 1966-1972, 1974-1975, 1979-1980, 1982-1989 (22 volumes).


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