It’s time to watch some rodeo, listen to live music, eat funnel cakes and spin around on the carnival rides.

The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo begins its five-day run Wednesday at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Redmond. The largest county fair in the state also celebrates its centennial this year with special exhibits documenting the fair’s history.

Entertainment at the various stages and event areas includes watermelon-eating contests, comedy acts, mutton bustin’ and dogs that fly — or make extreme leaps.

Collective Soul, Old Dominion, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Michael Ray will perform live at 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday at the First Interstate Bank event center.

Don’t miss the 4-H and FFA competitions. It’s not just about sheep and other livestock, either. The competitors also make handcrafted products, art pieces and more.

A complete list of events, maps and other information can be found by downloading the Grandstand app and selecting Deschutes County Fair. Information can also be found on the web at

For those who don’t want to drive to the fairgrounds, free shuttle buses will be available throughout the run of the fair from Mountain View High School in Bend, Redmond High School and Sisters Elementary School. For a schedule visit the fair website.