News you can use: Oregon State Fair; Activities in and around Senate District 5

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Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you so much for the privilege of representing you in the Oregon Senate. I am honored to serve the people and communities in Senate District 5.

One of my favorite duties is representing all Oregonians as the Senate’s Representative on the Oregon State Fair Council.  The State Fair Council assumed leadership and operation of the State Fair & Expo Center as a result of SB 7 in 2013, a bill I was proud to co-sponsor in support of the State Fair & Expo Center as an important event and venue that embraces our heritage and enhances the quality of life in Oregon.  As a result of that legislation, the State Fair & Expo Center is again healthy and thriving.

The Oregon State Fair, established in 1861, first began in Oregon City, during the time of the Civil War.  Since 1892, that Fair has called the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem home, hosting thousands of visitors from near and far with premier concerts, art, culture, rides, agricultural exhibits and livestock.


2018 State Fair Concerts!

The 2018 State Fair will include a spectacular variety of high-quality entertainment including concerts and performances, which I invite you to enjoy when you visit the State Fair August 24th - September 3rd!

Friday, August 24th            Styx

Saturday, August 25th        Randy Houser with special guest Blackhawk

Monday, August 27th          American Idol Live 2018

Tuesday, August 28th         Roots & Boots featuring Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin

Wednesday, August 29th    Faith & Family Night featuring Skillet

Thursday, August 30th        Kool and the Gang with special guest The Village People

Friday, August 31st             John Kay and Steppenwolf with special guest The Guess Who

Saturday, September 1st    Masters of Illusion

Monday, September 3rd     Old Dominion’s Happy Endings World Tour with special guest Michael Ray

Concerts are free with Fair admission on a first come, first served basis.  Limited VIP seating is available for an additional cost.  VIP tickets for all performances are now on sale at

I look forward to seeing you and your family at the 2018 Oregon State Fair!



State Senator Arnie Roblan

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Wave energy, higher ed funding up for discussion 

The Oregon State Board of Trustees will meet on the Corvallis campus to discuss Oregon State University’s 2019-21 funding request to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, among other issues.  Sen. Arnie Roblan, Senate District 5, was invited to discuss higher education funding and upcoming legislative session. 

Sen. Roblan will also discuss his invitation to the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) scheduled for June 12-14 in Cherbourg, France.  ICOE is a global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of ocean energy.  Sen. Roblan’s presentation will occur during the first plenary session to launch the event by encouraging industry and academia to keep investing time and money to push Ocean Energy sector to a commercial stage.

Oregon’s $3 million investment for the Pacific Marine Energy Center Energy Test Site, a wave energy test facility located off the Oregon coast in Newport, will be shared with the French Trade Association for renewable energies and members of the President of the Regional Council. The test site is operated by Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.

"Capturing wave energy is the next frontier in the quest for new safe, clean energy sources," Sen. Roblan said.  “As this industry grows, it will create great jobs on the Oregon coast and across the state in power production and supply, engineering, manufacturing and numerous spinoff businesses. It’s a renewable, clean energy source that will ultimately reduce carbon emissions worldwide and, at the same time, create much-needed jobs in coastal communities.”

This project is supported by Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy and a broad coalition of commercial fishermen. It will also serve to make Oregon the first choice for wave energy pioneers, who need to test and demonstrate the ability of their devices to harness the energy of the ocean to power our communities.