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UPDATES: Oregon State Fair to return in August

June 29, 2021 at 4:37pm

See fireworks Friday, Sunday at Volcanoes stadium

The fireworks on the Fourth of July in 2019. (Ron Cooper/Special to Salem Reporter)

Riverfront Park may not have a dazzling fireworks display for the Fourth of July this year, but it doesn’t mean the Salem area will go without a show.

The Mavericks Independent baseball league will have post-game fireworks shows after Friday and Sunday’s baseball games at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer. The games start at 6:35 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online.

-Saphara Harrell

June 29, 2021 at 2:52pm

Emergency room visits for heat-related illness spike in Oregon

People cool off in the Willamette River at Wallace Marine Park on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

About 250 Oregonians sought emergency room or urgent care for heat-related illnesses on Monday as the state recorded its highest-ever temperatures in many cities, including Salem.

Salem Health also saw an increase in heat-related complaints. From June 26 to 28, the hospital recorded 71 patient visits to the emergency department and 12 hospital admissions for heat-related health issues, spokeswoman Lisa Wood said.

The Oregon Health Authority released data Tuesday showing a spike in people seeking medical care for heat-related illnesses over the weekend and on Monday as temperatures climbed.

Salem recorded a record-shattering high of 117 degrees Monday, its third straight day of triple-digit temperatures.

From June 25 to June 28, 506 Oregonians visited the emergency room or urgent care with a heat-related illness, OHA spokeswoman Delia Hernandez said.

A June 29 graph from the Oregon Health Authority shows a rise in heat-related emergency and urgent care visit as the state recorded its highest-ever temperatures.

That includes 27 visits on June 25, 63 on June 26, 165 on June 27 and 251 on June 28, Hernandez said. Most days in June, the state has recorded fewer than 10 people seeking care for heat-related illness.

The information is drawn from hospitals across the state, including Salem Health.

-Rachel Alexander

June 29, 2021 at 11:28am

Oregon State Fair to return in August

The Oregon State Fair draws several hundred thousand visitors each year and this drone view in 2019 shows the colorful mix of rides and booths. Salem's economy will lose millions from the cancellation of the 2020 fair. (Oregon State Fair Council photo)

The Oregon State Fair is back. 

With most of Oregon’s pandemic restrictions slated to end this month, state fair organizers announced that the annual event will return in person this summer after being held online last year. 

“We are overjoyed to welcome back our patrons and vendors to celebrate fun at the 156th Oregon State Fair,” Kim Grewe-Powell, Oregon State Fair CEO, said in a statement. “We have missed our strong Fair community of agriculturists, performers, exhibitioners, and visitors from around the region.”

The state fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 27 through Monday, Sept. 6. According to a press release, no masks, physical distancing or proof of vaccination will be required

Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday, July 1, at oregonstatefair.org.

-Jake Thomas