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REDMOND, OR -- A quarter of a million people are expected to attend the 95-year-old Deschutes County Fair, next week.  That's about 8,000 cars filling parking lots. But, there is a way to avoid fighting traffic.

 

For the past 10 years the Deschutes County Fair has offered free transportation from Bend to the fair. Fair Director Dan Despotopulos tells KBND, “We do have traffic and parking issues because we have so many people coming on a single lane road. It’s very difficult to get everybody flowing as fast as we would like to. We’ve worked on it for years now. So by offering the free bus rides, that eliminates some of the traffic.”
 
Despotopulos says this year, the fair is adding shuttles from Sisters and Redmond, as well. “We would hope that people would be able to take the bus because they don’t have to spend money and it drops them off right at the front gate. They don’t have to worry about parking.”
 
The fair begins Wednesday. Click HERE for a downloadable fair guide. Shuttles will pick up in Bend at Mt. View High School, Sisters Elementary and Redmond High School. Click HERE for the Fair Bus schedule. 
 
For those who have been caught in post concert traffic from the Expo Center, letting someone else do the driving might just be the ticket.

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