REDMOND, OR -- There will be no parade before the Deschutes County Fair this year, but officials are considering other options for future years. Dan Despotopulos with the fair says they've been discussing this for the last three to five years. "The attendance at the fair parade has been declining and so has the participation entrees. A lot of 4-H and FFA particpants are busy getting ready for the fair and they can't really particpate because it doesn't allow them time to get downtown."
One of the ideas being considered is holding the parade on the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in 2016, instead of in downtown Redmond.