Child Care at The Fair – 2022

posted on Jun 08, 2022

Hello from the OCF Child Care Crew! We’re very excited for the return of an in-person Oregon Country Fair. Our crew is looking forward to fulfilling our mission to bring the magic of Fair to the youngest among us! Due to the challenges of the pandemic, however, our services are going to look a little bit different this year.

In the interest of keeping children and our crew mates safe, we will not be able to offer staff-supervised, checked-in childcare at either of our normal locations. We are extending our footprint on the children- and family-centered path, Wally’s Way, with a fully scheduled stage at New Kids Child Care along with the playground, free library, interactive games and many other enriching offerings. Our Sesame Street location is being reimagined as a neighborhood park-style family rest area with entertainers, family games, and other activities. We’re also expanding the rest areas for families with small children: Groover’s Grove on Sesame Street, Mellow Place on Wally’s Way, and new for 2022, Mellow Place 2 in the WorkIt Shop in Xavanadu!

We hope to be back next year with our traditional checked-in childcare and we sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause for our valued patrons.

With Love,

OCF Child Care Crew

Oregon Country Fair Will Be Back Live and in Living Color

posted on Mar 31, 2022

Eugene, Ore.—(March 28, 2022)—-After a few years in the Cloud, the Oregon Country Fair returns for the 53rd year to what has become its traditional gathering spot near Veneta, Oregon, for it’s three day run the weekend of July 8, 9, and 10.

“We can’t wait for the gates to open to see thousands of fair-goers coming on site to experience the offerings from the musicians, performers, artists, and food vendors who will help rejuvenate us as we come out of COVID-19 and manage many of the world’s new realities,” said Kirsten Bolton, the Oregon Country Fair’s General Manager. “Innovation and technology kept us together the past two years, but nothing compares to a face to face Oregon Country Fair for the sights, sounds, and smells that create the magic the Fair offers all who grace its grounds.”

OCF annually features 18 stages of entertainment, more than 80 food booths, and nearly 350 craft booths featuring more than 700 vendors as well as parades and an indeterminate amount of unscheduled fun.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1, 2022.  Individual ticket prices are $40 for Friday, July 8; $40 for Saturday, July 9; and $35 for Sunday, July 10. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $50 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All admission tickets are sold through TicketsWest online at ticketswest.com.  Prices do not include TicketsWest service fees. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult and there is a $5 discount for individuals who are alter-abled or age 65 or older.

Parking at the Oregon Country Fair is $15 per vehicle per day. Parking passes may be purchased with admission tickets or onsite the day of the fair. Fairgoers must show an admission ticket or will-call voucher to drive onto the site.

To encourage all fairgoers to use public transportation to travel round trip to the fair, OCF has partnered with Lane Transit District (LTD) to provide free bus service for those who have a ticket to the Fair. The free service is offered on all LTD routes.

No admission tickets are sold at the fair site.

Bolton says it will be exciting to see fair-goers reacquaint themselves with all the wonderful entertainment, art, and personal expression as in past years, however, all will need to comply with the Fair’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

“It is important that we all stay healthy,” Bolton says.  “Complying with CDC requirements is something we are all doing at sometime or another during our travel, work, and socializing.”

As defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), masks covering the nose and mouth will not be necessary, but OCF will require all public attendees to provide proof of a full and up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, with the option for a religious or medical exemption, in compliance with the ADA regulations, in the form of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a licensed test provider, laboratory, or health care provider, 24 hours prior to the date of entry, in order to attend the Fair in 2022. Documentation of vaccination status, along with valid I.D., must be shown upon entry to the event and available upon request at any time – ID is not required for minors.  More information about the OCF’s COVID-19 Vaccination requirements can be found here.

Full entertainment schedules will be posted on the Oregon Country Fair web site in the coming weeks. More information is at www.oregoncountryfair.org.

Statements of Solidarity and Support for Racial Justice

posted on Sep 28, 2021

Asian American Solidarity Statement

The Oregon Country Fair is determined to uplift all BIPOC voices in our community to ensure they are heard and supported in measurable ways. We not only condemn the significant increase in acts of violence inflicted upon East Asian individuals as a result of hateful rhetoric surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the pervasive racism and xenophobia that has harmed the entire Asian community for too long.

Change begins when we directly call out racism the moment we see it and hold those closest to us accountable for their actions, as this is how we truly stand alongside our BIPOC community to combat white supremacy and the racist-motivated violence it normalizes in our communities.

We saw an example of this violence in the heinous murder of George Floyd by a police officer who refused to recognize his victim’s humanity. We witnessed it again in the Atlanta massage parlor massacre, as the murders of Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, Paul Andre Michels, Hyun Grant, Suncha Kim, and Soon Chung Park were all the result of the dehumanization of East Asian women and femmes. The South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African (SSWANA) and Sikh communities are continually targeted to this day, as evidenced by the FedEx massacre in Indianapolis.

In pursuing our goal of becoming exceptional collaborators in the fight for racial justice, we have taken steps that bring us closer to creating a fully inclusive and equitable space at the Oregon Country Fair. With our team of diversity, equity, and inclusion consultants, we have begun this process of incorporating recommendations that make the Fair feel safer for all marginalized people.The OCF Diversity Committee is in dialogue with CeDaR, FairCARE, and management on how to prevent racial harm and support healing when these harms occur. Although we have made some strides, we also recognize that we still have a tremendous amount of space that must be filled with learning and growth.

If you would like to support an organization dedicated to providing a safe space and platform for East Asian and all BIPOC folx, please follow the Lane East Asian Network on Facebook and make a donation to them on PayPal (OregonLEAN@gmail.com) or Venmo (OregonLEAN). Thank you for helping us create the community we want to see in the world.

Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement

The Oregon Country Fair expresses our profound outrage at the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others before them whose lives have been taken by racial violence.  We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the ongoing protests occurring throughout our country against the systemic racism that leads to these horrific deaths.

As an organization and community, the Oregon Country Fair is committed to the quest for social justice and the right for all people to live creative lives of dignity, respect, and meaning. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic and yet more killings of Black Americans have exposed the systemic racist underpinnings of our country and revealed how short we have fallen in creating a nation with “liberty and justice for all.”

We need to call out and condemn racism, oppression, and injustice when we see them in the world – but that starts at home.  We pledge to look within and prioritize the difficult and uncomfortable work of challenging and overcoming the deeply entrenched personal and organizational assumptions and biases that have hindered our progress toward becoming a more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable organization and community for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.