Originally established in 1902 to house the annual county fair, today it serves the county in a much broader way, hosting a variety of events throughout the entire year. The fairgrounds has grown from attracting approximately 11,000 people to attend 27 events in 1977, to 400,000 people attending 413 events in 2008.
In November 1998 the voters of Klamath County approved a $4.5million dollar bond to fund the construction of a 93,000 square foot Event Center at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The new Event Center is one of the largest indoor facilities in the Northwest it was completed February 1, 2000.
The Klamath County Fairgrounds is a County Department. The seven member Fair Board, appointed by the County Commisioners, is responsible for establishing goals and setting policy. The Fairgrounds Manager, working directly for the Fair Board, serves as the General Manager of the fairgrounds operations. Additional Staff includes :