Photos: Animals bring awe to the 2013 Lane County Fair

Originally Posted on Emerald Media via UWIRE

The Lane County Fair is back in Eugene for its annual summer celebration held at the Lane County Fairgrounds from Wed July 24 through July 28. Admissions fees are $9 for adults (13-64) and $6 for youth (6-12). The Lane County Fair celebration features amusement park rides, food, music, animal exhibits and more.

A Lane County Fair-goer holds a tiger cub just seconds before posing for a picture at the exotic animals exhibit. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

A Lane County Fair-goer holds a tiger cub just seconds before posing for a picture at the exotic animals exhibit. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Shere Khon takes a moment to rest after a relatively active afternoon. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Shere Khon takes a moment to rest after a relatively active afternoon. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Three girls stand four feet away from a siberian tiger named Shere Khon at the Lane County Fair exotic animals exhibit. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Three girls stand four feet away from a siberian tiger named Shere Khon at the Lane County Fair exotic animals exhibit. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Roger Hewett, a big cats caretaker for a non-profit animal refuge, sits next to a siberian tiger named Shere Khon. Roger is a six-year veteran as a big cats caretaker, and works for a non-profit animal rescue and preservation establishment called "A Walk on the Wild Side." (Andrew Seng/Emerald

Roger Hewett, a big cats caretaker for a non-profit animal refuge, sits next to a siberian tiger named Shere Khon. Roger is a six-year veteran as a big cats caretaker, and works for a non-profit animal rescue and preservation establishment called “A Walk on the Wild Side.” (Andrew Seng/Emerald

Fern Durbin, a small animals coordinator at the Lane County Fair, keeps chickens from the poultry exhibit from overheating by spraying them with water. Fern is a regular competitor in show-chicken competitions, and is an owner of numerous 1st place winners. (Andrew Seng/Emerald

Fern Durbin, a small animals coordinator at the Lane County Fair, keeps chickens from the poultry exhibit from overheating by spraying them with water. Fern is a regular competitor in show-chicken competitions, and is an owner of numerous 1st place winners. (Andrew Seng/Emerald

Three, two-day old piglets take a rest after an active afternoon in the Lane County Fair animal exhibits. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Three, two-day old piglets take a rest after an active afternoon in the Lane County Fair animal exhibits. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Lane county Fair-goers watch a sow nurse her litter of piglets, which are only two days old. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Lane county Fair-goers watch a sow nurse her litter of piglets, which are only two days old. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Palmer Deedon, 19, wins 1st place in the 4-H Lane County Fair Show-sheep competition in the 9th-12th grade classification. Show-Sheep competitions are judged by how well an individual can handle and manage a show-sheep, with a large emphasis on the sheep's posture, the competitor's ability to maintain eye contact with the judge, and the competence to answer questions on the sheep's history. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Palmer Deedon, 19, wins 1st place in the 4-H Lane County Fair Show-sheep competition in the 9th-12th grade classification. Show-Sheep competitions are judged by how well an individual can handle and manage a show-sheep, with a large emphasis on the sheep’s posture, the competitor’s ability to maintain eye contact with the judge, and the competence to answer questions on the sheep’s history. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Justin McCullough calms his show-sheep, Sasha, before a show-sheep competition at the Lane County Fair. Show-Sheep competitions are judged by how well an individual can handle and manage a show-sheep, with a large emphasis on the sheep's posture, the competitor's ability to maintain eye contact with the judge, and the competence to answer questions on the sheep's history. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Justin McCullough calms his show-sheep, Sasha, before a show-sheep competition at the Lane County Fair. Show-Sheep competitions are judged by how well an individual can handle and manage a show-sheep, with a large emphasis on the sheep’s posture, the competitor’s ability to maintain eye contact with the judge, and the competence to answer questions on the sheep’s history. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Nicole King of Polyrock Ranch, rides her Jersey bull, Bucky. Jersey bulls are notorious for their temperamental attitudes, and sometimes random, violent outbursts against their owners. This particular breed is not allowed to compete in Lane County Fair competitions, and is only permitted for show. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Nicole King of Polyrock Ranch, rides her Jersey bull, Bucky. Jersey bulls are notorious for their temperamental attitudes, and sometimes random, violent outbursts against their owners. This particular breed is not allowed to compete in Lane County Fair competitions, and is only permitted for show. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Jalin Andrews poses with his show-goat, Boris. Boris is a special kind of goat, and is raised for showmanship and competitions. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

Jalin Andrews poses with his show-goat, Boris. Boris is a special kind of goat, and is raised for showmanship and competitions. (Andrew Seng/Emerald)

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