It's Oregon State Fair time!

Even the Oregon State Fair offers a free app for your smartphone

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Aug 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

With more than 9,000 things to do at the Oregon State Fair, it's easy to wander aimlessly through the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Now, there's an app for that.

Displaying maps, schedules, attraction and exhibitor information and additional social media features, the Oregon State Fair's first free app is currently available for smartphones (both Android and iPhone). The fair runs Aug. 23 through Sept. 2 in Salem.

Among the things in store for this year's fair is the new Pavilion area. Located near the Horse Stadium, this building focuses on children with attractions including “Toytopia” (an exhibition on toys), “Puzzlemania,” the Portland Spirit Stage, “Innovative Kids of America” and the Farwest Hatchery.

Headline concerts return to the LB Day Amphitheater at the fairgrounds. This year's lineup includes Brantley Gilbert (Aug. 23), Terry Fator (Aug. 24), The Oak Ridge Boys (Aug. 25), REO Speedwagon with Loverboy (Aug. 30), Bridgit Mendler (Aug. 31) and Martina McBride (Sept. 2).

To download the Oregon State Fair app, search for “My Event Experience” or visit the Oregon State Fair's Facebook page for more information.

General admission to the fair is $11 for adults, $6 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children (ages 6 to 12) and free for children (ages 5 and younger). Three-day passes are also available. Discounts are offered if tickets are purchased before Thursday.

Tickets for the headline concerts range from $20 to $50, depending on concert and seat location. The price includes fair admission.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.oregonstatefair.org or call 877-840-0457.