Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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.

Recent fair books have not been published in paper form. They are maintained electronically in the fair office and the latest fair book is available on the fair Web page.

Records at the Polk County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
[Polk County Fair Board Minutes-title varies], 1953-present (24 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Fairgrounds, Fair Office Attic:
[Polk County Premium Lists and Exhibitor Books], 1915-2007 (92 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
[Polk County Fair Exhibitor Handbook], 1986-1996 (11 volumes); 1998 (1 volume); 2001 (1 volume); 2005 (1 volume);
[Polk County Fair-Premium Book-with gaps], 1920-1952 (.15 cu.ft.); 1978 (1 volume); 1985 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Web Site:
Meetings [includes PDFs of meeting minutes and agendas for the board of commissioners, fair board, planning commission, local alcohol and drug planning committee, commission on children and families, and related bodies], 2010-present (Internet).


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