KLCC reporters walked the paths of the Oregon Country Fair this weekend to find stories that capture experiences at the nation's oldest event of its kind. Emery Blackwell was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or do many of the things many of us take for granted. But he's able to ride a tricycle that he custom designed for his body. It's known as Em's Cosmic Limo, and with the help of a dedicated crew, he spends nights at the Country Fair pedaling people around. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert has the story.
Oregon Country Fair is a place people can escape their everyday lives. One of the larger industries at the fair is food service. Many people leave their normal jobs to work at the fair's various food booths.
Merrill Smith works at La Tortilla, better known as "the chalupa booth." He runs a bakery in Ashland. But most of his employees this weekend are not in food service. Smith says his workers are flight attendants, yoga instructors, tree planters, and parents. He enjoys working here because...
The clan members of the "Ritz Sauna and Shower Spa" have set up their booth at the Oregon County Fair for the past 38 years. Now, they're working on a story pole to mark their legacy for many future generations of Fairgoers to see. KLCC's Amanda Butt was there with Booth Manager George Bradock and has more.
Oregon Country Fair's Community Village is a collection of booths providing information about social issues.
Tucked away is a booth called Wild Edibles. Here people can learn about natural foliage that can be consumed or used as medicine. There's also a small section dedicated to a vital component to wild edible plants: Bees.
KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle took some time to visit the Fair's only living bee hive and found some women bringing attention to saving the bees.