Update from the OCF Board of Directors

posted on Apr 08, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Oregon Country Fair has been pulling together to respond to the needs of the organization, the event, and the Fair Family in these uncertain times. There is much to consider—many fine details and moving parts—in any decision that the Board makes. Each must be made with due care and be consistent both with our duty of stewardship to the organization and the health and well-being of our community. We appreciate your patience and trust as we navigate this unprecedented time in the history of the Fair, and of the world. The coronavirus has laid siege to the world and all of its inhabitants. Without adequate testing, treatment or cure, the only defense is to change personal behaviors, cease gathering, and physically distance ourselves.

In response to a public health order prohibiting mass gatherings, the Fair is postponing ticket sales, booth registration, contracting, and booking entertainers. The office and Fair site are closed to all but essential activity. Plans for Culture Jam are on hold.

Fair management in consultation with the Board have engaged attorneys, land use planners, financial professionals, and other expert consultants for advice and assistance. Their charge is to pursue whatever actions are necessary to ensure that we can put on the Fair we all love when the pandemic is controlled and the prohibition on mass gatherings has been lifted.

We are committed to keeping the Fair family informed in a timely way as the Fair leadership continues to navigate the legal, financial, and political processes that affect our Essential Event. We plan to prioritize communication with you moving forward and will release updates as frequently as we have new information to share with the Family.

We love you. We ARE you. Please take care of each other and be gentle with yourselves as we all move through this challenging situation together.

Ticket Sales, COVID-19

posted on Apr 04, 2020

Due to the ongoing and quickly evolving COVID-19 situation, OCF is continuing to postpone the kickoff of the ticket sales for the year’s event. For now, we believe it is important to monitor and assess the situation before making any final decisions. We continue to gather current information about the virus from world, federal, state, and local health authorities and other credible health care professionals and organizations. In the meantime, please check this website for any new information about the 2020 event.

Office and Site Closures

posted on Mar 13, 2020

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, we have decided to close the Fair office in Eugene as well as the Fair site in Veneta until further notice. During this closure, OCF employees and volunteers will be working together remotely to continue preparations for the 2020 event. We will be monitoring and returning all emails and phone messages, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be providing updates on ticket sales and other news as the situation develops.

Concerns Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted on Mar 11, 2020

The OCF Board, staff, and management are aware of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns in the community and are closely monitoring the situation. We are meeting regularly to consider how it impacts our event and community and to discuss contingency plans. We are getting information from and engaging in communications with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Lane County, the Oregon Health Authority, as well as other health professionals and organizations. At this time we are planning on holding the 2020 Fair as scheduled. The health and safety of our Fair Family is our priority. We will continue to keep you updated with any new developments.