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State Fair turns Director Park into a real zoo

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ally the Alligator gets attention at Director Park as part of an afternoon exhibition put on by the Oregon State Fair.It wasn’t a zoo. It was One Crazy Day for the 150th Oregon State Fair.

On Thursday, May 21, the state fair brought street performers, acrobatics, farm animals, reptiles and puppeteers to Portland’s Director Park. It was a preview for the fair that begins Aug. 28.

The event included Brad’s World of Reptiles, with three- to four-foot alligators, snakes and a heliomonster; the Tangled Threads, with “live people” marionettes; and North Clackamas FFA brought goats, rabbits, turkeys, pigs and sheep, plus a wrangler.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Joe Stoddard, riding Manfred the Talking Horse, waits for filming to start on a commercial for the Oregon State Fair.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONTHAN HOUSE - Perci the goat looks for something to eat during an exhibition at Director Park, put on by the Oregon State Fair.

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