Benny Beaver will be showing his trademark buckteeth and flat tail at the Lake County fair this year.
The OSU mascot will be trotting about the fair- grounds on Saturday’s 4-H and FFA’s family day for free photo opportunities and other events. He will be assisting in facilitating a tug-of-war on the pavilion at 4:30 p.m. presented by the Lake County Mentor program. He will also be present in the 4-H and FFA sale where livestock buyers can see all the kids together. If you are able to stop by the OSU booth near the 4-H office at other times, he will be handing out OSU swag for any fair-goers.
According to Jamie Davis, 4-H, family and community health program coordinator, Benny will be visiting one-third of all the fairs in Oregon and is attending Lake County’s fair because the OSU extension office jumped on the opportunity to host the mascot.
“There isn’t much opportunity for Lake County residents to go to Beaver games or get a picture with him if they go,” Davis said. “This is a pretty neat opportunity for people in the county to have.”
Benny has a rich history with OSU and its culture. Beginning in 1908, “The Beaver” title was used as the school newspaper’s title and later as the yearbook title in 1916. Benny’s name came from a photograph of OSU students standing next to a beaver statue that was inscribed as “Benny Beaver” in the 1942 yearbook, but didn’t officially become the mascot until 1945.
The first performance at an athletic event from the mascot was in 1952. Co-mascot, Bernice Beaver, joined the OSU team sometime in the early 1980s and mid-1990s.