When you're organizing a cakewalk, it pays to hire a professional. Knowing this, The Bulletin asked grassrootsPR to organize the Family Fun Zone at the 2004 Deschutes County Fair, and each year since. In addition to planning sack races, pie-eating contests and tug of war for this annual, five-day event, grassrootsPR has coordinated with vendors to provide hands-on science activities, robotics demonstrations, and bicycle rodeo courses.
Each August, scores of children enter hula hoop contests and gallop in stick-horse barrel races, while hundreds of spectators cheer on jalapeno eaters, three-legged racers and apple bobbers. Sponsorships allow The Bulletin to offer a free petting zoo, pony rides and live entertainment in the Family Fun Zone. grassrootsPR's organizing efforts draw kudos from nearby vendors, Fair officials and local families. Oregon Fairs Association and a national newspaper association have recognized The Family Fun Zone with awards.