Postcard from the Oregon Country Fair

I wanted to share this festival with you guys not only because it's so photogenic, but because it something everyone should 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I was able to see the California Honeydrops again which was a huge plus, they are such a fun band to see live!

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There were also multiple buskers doing their own thing in random parts of the festival. No stage needed.

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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.

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Ages ranged from children and families to old hippies that never left the 60s, and 20-something hipsters. It was an extremely versatile festival.

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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.

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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.

I wanted to share this festival with you guys not only because it's so photogenic, but because it something everyone should 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.

I wanted to share this festival with you guys not only because it's so photogenic, but because it something everyone should 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.

I wanted to share this festival with you guys not only because it's so photogenic, but because it something everyone should 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!

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Travel Writer/Blogger at The Atlas Heart
Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.
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