Oregon Country Fair

One reason the Oregon Country Fair is so popular is people can feel free to be themselves. But what if you’re still not sure who you are – or you want to connect with others like you? Rainbow Village is the base camp for all things L-G-B-T-Q-I-A at the fair.

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With tens of thousands of people gathered together in one place, there’s bound to be a few medical issues.
The Oregon Country Fair has health care covered this weekend, thanks to Eugene’s White Bird Clinic.


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With tens of thousands of people gathered together in one place, there’s bound to be a few medical issues.
The Oregon Country Fair has health care covered this weekend, thanks to Eugene’s White Bird Clinic.


Rachael McDonald

When you’re wandering the paths at the Oregon Country Fair, you may come across Ark Park or Archeology Park. There you can learn about the fair’s educational, research and preservation efforts. Ann Rogers is an Oregon Country Fair archeologist.

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The Oregon Country Fair doesn’t just want people to have a good time…they want to seal up and bury that good time for future fairgoers to enjoy.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, from the site of the Ritz Sauna and Showers. 

The Lane County Sheriff has extra patrols on duty in the Veneta area during the Oregon Country Fair through Monday.

Ritz Sauna and Showers Facebook photo.

After a recent surge of criticism, a Native American-style totem pole will not be installed at the Oregon Country Fair.  The Fair Board made its decision Monday night. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Brian Bull

The Oregon Country Fair is a chance to relax and “let it all hang out,” so to speak.  But while most people are fine with the standard summer attire of shorts and a t-shirt, or a billowy dress with wide-brimmed hat, others are more comfortable with skimpy garments or even just a layer of paint.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited with a young couple who mostly went au naturel to this annual event.

Brian Bull

A new art installation is complete and slated to debut soon at the Oregon Country Fair. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the “Story Pole” is still a year away from being erected.

Brian Bull

The sounds of the Oregon Country Fair are mostly invigorating.  There’s music to get your feet moving, spoken words to stir your soul, and vaudevillian comedy to jar your funny bone.  But one musician provides a special experience for those who want to be transported away from the revelry, if even for just a few minutes. 

Each year, Oregon County Fair honors loved ones who have passed on. This is the remembrance of one fair family member: Hershel Bloom. Hershel came to Eugene in the mid 70’s and was drawn to volunteer at Whitebird Clinic, then a fledgling crisis support network. Bobbie Dritz volunteered for Whitebird too and he became fast friends with Hersh.

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Katelyn Carey is an Ashland nurse on a mission: to provide comfort and hope to people with breast cancer.

Construction Crews Prep For Start Of The Fair

Jul 8, 2016
Angela Kellner

People from all over the world flock to the Oregon Country Fair just outside of Eugene to enjoy a weekend of music, art and to reminisce about hippy-er times.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer has some pre-fair details.

Kira Hoffelmeyer

This weekend the Oregon Country Fair marks its 47th year, a near-half century of music, body paint, and environmentally-friendly counterculture.  Roughly 50,000 people are expected to show during the three-day event, west of Eugene.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited with a longtime coordinator of the fair, who’s just taken on a new role.

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.

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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.

The Oregon Country Fair and Culture Jam present a weekend workshop for teenagers called “Catch the Fire! Becoming a Creative Changemaker,” at Petersen Barn in Eugene, March 13th through 15th. Eric Alan speaks with Robin Bernardi, OCF’s Youth Program Director, and Culture Jam participant Cash McAllister about this new workshop.

Meeting Date: July 18, 2014

Air Date: July 21, 2004

In 1969 in an apple orchard outside of Eugene, a handful of local people held a benefit for Children’s House, a community alternative school. That philanthropic event, billed as the Renaissance Faire, grew into the Oregon Country Fair (OCF). In the decades since, the Fair has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization with thousands of volunteers and six employees. Every July, hundreds of entertainers, performers, and handcraft artisans come together to co-create a lively festival.

Tiffany Eckert

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.

    

Crews Craft a Story Pole At Oregon Country Fair

Jul 13, 2014
Amanda Butt

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.

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Karen Richards

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 "€œthe 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...

Oregon Country Fair - Wild Edibles And A Living Beehive

Jul 11, 2014
Desmond O'Boyle

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.

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