Originally established in 1902 to house the annual county fair, today it serves the county in a much broader way… hosting a variety of events throughout the entire year. The fairgrounds has grown from attracting approximately 11,000 people to attend 27 events in 1977, to 400,000 people attending 413 events in 2008.
In November 1998 the voters of Klamath County approved a $4.5million dollar bond to fund the construction of a 93,000 sq. ft. Event Center at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The new Event Center is one of the largest indoor facilities in the Northwest it was completed February 1, 2000.
The Klamath County Fairgrounds is a County Department. The seven member Fair Board, appointed by the County Commisioners, is responsible for establishing goals and setting policy. The Fairgrounds Manager, working directly for the Fair Board, serves as the General Manager of the fairgrounds operations. Additional Staff includes : Day Foreman, 4 Maintenance Workers, , 1 vacant Maintenance Worker position, 1 Office Secretary, 1 Office Manager.
The Klamath County Fairgrounds’ mission revolves around the entire Klamath Basin. Persons of all ages use the facilities that we offer for all types of community and livestock events at an affordable and economic price. The Fairgrounds is a vital resource for personal development, along with the key focus of education where the year round activities constitute a living classroom for all persons involved.
The Klamath County Fairgrounds is a service provider and the citizens of the Klamath Basin are our customers. We are obligated, as the presenter of the Klamath County Fair, to provide to our customers the highest level of affordable quality entertainment and educational opportunities; centered in an enjoyable,comfortable and affordable atmosphere all year long. Our driving force is the desire for our customers to utilize and enjoy clean updated rental facilities for family functions, public and private meetings, as well as community events.