Oregon Country Fair

Royal Blue Organics

The founder of an organic, fair-trade coffee company in Eugene has died. dahinda Meda passed peacefully at home Sunday afternoon, surrounded by loved ones.

dahinda founded Café Mam in 1989, with organic coffee beans imported from Mayan farmers in Mexico.

He also operated Royal Blue Organics, a blueberry farm in west Eugene.

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The Oregon Country Fair is the proud new license holder of a low-power radio station. KOCF, Fern Ridge Radio, 92.5 FM, has been in the works for about two years. The community radio station celebrated a milestone July 3rd when it was finally time to install the antennae on the roof of the fire station in Veneta.

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The drought and recent high temperatures have dried out the fuels and forests, increasing the wildfire risk. The Oregon Country Fair has its own well-trained volunteer fire crew. Over the years, they’ve built a cooperative relationship with the fire departments in the surrounding area.

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Tom Gannon will soon take the reigns at the Oregon Country Fair. He's been getting on-the-job training this summer from OCF General Manager Charlie Ruff. KLCC's Tripp Sommer spoke with Ruff Sunday afternoon as he reflected on his legacy at the non-profit.

Rachael McDonald

KLCC's Rachael McDonald asked a couple people who work and play at the Oregon Country Fair why they keep coming back year after year.

Rachael McDonald

This year the new 6 acre expansion is big news at the Oregon Country Fair. Before the event, KLCC's Rachael McDonald caught up with fair General Manager Charlie Ruff under a couple of oak trees in the piano parlor.

Rachael McDonald

Drought conditions mean officials across the state are on high alert for fire danger. The Oregon Country Fair is held in the forested land along the Long Tom River near Veneta. The fair has a fire crew that's in charge of education and prevention before during and after the event. KLCC's Rachael McDonald caught up with a member of the crew as he rode up on his bicycle.

Tiffany Eckert

Imagine overseeing a cultural event that employs hundreds of staff, raises millions of dollars and draws as many as 60-thousand people in a single weekend. That’s the Oregon Country Fair—and Charlie Ruff has been its General Manager since 2008. This summer, he’s passing the torch to longtime fair volunteer, Tom Gannon. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to both men about the leadership transition and what the historic Oregon Country Fair means to them.


Photo by Eric Alan

Over the course of fourteen albums and a decade of touring the world, John Craigie has merged wit and observation in his mix of music and storytelling, which continues in his latest CD Working on My Farewell. He has several upcoming local appearances, including at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove tonight, July 8th, at the Oregon Country Fair, and in Florence at the Kenneth B. Gallery on July 15th. He’ll also be up at Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit on July 17th. He visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Rachael McDonald

The 46th Oregon Country Fair begins Friday in the woods outside Veneta, west of Eugene. This year, the fair has a little more space for the public to wander.