The Oregon Country Fair has become a staple in Oregon since its start in 1969. I had heard about it enough times before I even moved to Oregon – mainly from my hippie parents – and I knew I wanted to check it out for myself.
It’s a 3-day festival in Veneta, just outside of Eugene, Oregon. My dad and I just went for Sunday, the least busy day of the festival, but there were still tons of people in attendance that day.
The fair usually happens at the beginning of July and is something between a renaissance fair, music festival, and an acid-trip from the 60s. They expanded the festival just this year because it has become such a big deal in the community.
There were multiple vendors selling tie-dyed hippie wear, colorful art installations, organic food stalls, and countless talented musicians on the many stages around the festival grounds.
I was able to see the California Honeydrops again which was a huge plus, they are such a fun band to see live!
There were also multiple buskers doing their own thing in random parts of the festival. No stage needed.
And a lot of opportunities for people watching. Not pictured were the abundance of naked people around the festival, including many a bare bottomed old man. You’re welcome.
Ages ranged from children and families to old hippies that never left the 60s, and 20-something hipsters. It was an extremely versatile festival.
Apparently the real party happens after the festival ends, but it’s only for volunteers and performers. I may just have to volunteer next year.
I wanted to share this festival with you guys not only because it’s so photogenic, but because it is probably something to experience at least once. I’ve been to a lot of festivals, and this one was way different than any others I’ve been to.
Zany is a word that comes to mind, but you’ll have to see for yourself someday!