Oregon Fires: Resources

posted on Sep 15, 2020

This is by no means a full list; it will grow with your help. Please email info@oregoncountryfair.org with additional links, corrections, or if we have missed counties that are being affected.

Country Fair Love, Comfort & Kisses for everyone suffering during this very difficult time 🍑

Oregon
wildfire.oregon.gov (includes Red Cross Safe & Well Registry)

Cremated Remains Recovery

Oregon Evacuation Map
https://linngis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=348a6e7fc2ab458293679f2b736dc676

Road Conditions / Closures: TripCheck
https://tripcheck.com/

Live Fire Maps
• maps.nwcg.gov
• gacc.nifc.gov
• caltopo
• experience.arcgis.com (includes Animal Sheltering locations across the state)

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Lane County
• County Page: Evacuation maps, shelter sites and more

• White Bird’s Update & Community Resource Page

• Donations should be brought to 2699 Roosevelt Boulevard, Eugene, 10am-4pm (please do not bring to Silke Field or the Lane Event Center)

• Local Help Offered: Trucks & Trailers for livestock and/or anything

• Holiday Farm (McKenzie) Fire Animal Rescue (Lane Co)

• Financial Donations: United Way’s Wildfire Response Fund

• Free Workspace in Cottage Grove for Evacuees

Clackamas
https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires

• Clackamas County Wildfire Evacuation Zones (Updated throughout the day)

Marion
https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/default.aspx

Multnomah
https://multco.us/air-quality-public-health-problem/september-2020-wildfire-threat-multnomah-county

Linn
https://www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/

Jackson
https://jacksoncountyor.org/emergency/News/Wildfires-Smoke/category/wildfires-in-jackson-county

Douglas
https://www.co.douglas.or.us/media_room/fireinfo.asp

Josephine County
http://co.josephine.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2275

OCF and Wildfire Relief Efforts

posted on Sep 14, 2020

In the last week, we have all felt the intensity of the wildfires. Many in our family and community are struggling and suffering. Many of us have been sheltered in our homes avoiding the smoke. Some have lost their homes and more. We all are impacted in one way or another. We are all feeling the impacts.

And, as a community, we stay resilient. It has been inspiring to see our Fair Family reach out and step up to support those in need, ready to help community members both physically and emotionally. It’s heartwarming to see how our community supports each other and the greater community around us. I know many want to do even more to support those displaced or otherwise in need.

This past week I and other staff have had contact with multiple organizations including the cities of Veneta, Eugene, and Springfield, Fern Ridge Schools, the Red Cross, United Way, Lane County Commissioners, McKenzie River Trust, UO, Burners without Borders, World Central Kitchen and others, to look at ways we can collaborate and engage in support. I met with Veneta City Administrator Matt Michel. He offered other connections we are exploring. A few of us met with a collaborative team from the United Way Lane County, McKenzie River Trust, and St Vincent De Paul to discuss how we might plug in to the joint relief effort they are running. Stay tuned in the next days and weeks on how we can support that effort. While many in the greater community are stepping up with support in many ways, there will be long term needs and support will need to continue. We will continue to explore options and keep you updated with opportunities for support and engagement.

To those who have stepped up to help, thank you for your resilience and generosity. To those that have experienced loss, you are in our hearts and minds.

Wally Bomgaars
Executive Director
Oregon Country Fair

Fair Sets Sights on Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2025: We Need Your Input!

posted on Jul 28, 2020

July 28, 2020 —In 2019, the Oregon Country Fair made a commitment to reach Carbon Neutrality by 2025. In order to achieve this, the Fair is working closely with students and faculty at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions.  To get to Carbon Neutrality, first we need to know where we are now. Lots of information has already been gathered from the Fair office. Now it’s on to the larger community to get the rest. We need your help! Your participation and ideas are critical to make the Fair’s sustainability journey a success. Here are two exciting ways you can participate:

(1) Please complete this survey below so the team can learn about your impact on Oregon Country Fair’s carbon-footprint. These few questions about transportation to and from the Fair will help paint an accurate picture of how the Fair can become more sustainable. Please share it with all your fellow Fair friends and family. All survey responses will remain confidential.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CT3WXB7

(2)   When you’re taking the survey, please sign up for one of three virtual town halls coming soon in mid to late-August. At these events, we will talk about the opportunities, challenges and strategies associated with pursuing Carbon Neutrality and look forward to hearing your ideas about how the Fair can reduce our Co2 emissions in four key areas: public transportation, organizational transportation, booth operations, transport and energy, and renewable energy.  Make sure to click the RSVP link at the end of the survey for more information and to sign up!

First Ever Virtual Oregon Country Fair!!

posted on Jul 10, 2020

First Ever Virtual Oregon Country Fair July 10, 11, & 12
We hope you will join us for a weekend of creativity, joy, and music from the safety and comfort of your home, or wherever you may find yourself this weekend. Hang out with your friends, catch some great shows, and support our amazing community of artisans, all at vocf.oregoncountryfair.org! 

Starting today at 10:30am, you can enter the virtual Oregon Country Fair by going to vocf.oregoncountryfair.org. Just click on “Join the Virtual Event” and you will be taken to the Virtual Fair Experi-Meant. Consider this the Peach Gate to the Virtual Oregon Country Fair. From this page, you can get to all of the virtual happenings. We’ve prepared quite a few events to help ease the loss of the real world 2020 Fair. Just like the physical event, there is a lot going on and several different ways to engage. Music, Workshops, Spoken Word performances, and more! With 13 stages, and something like 100 acts on the schedule, there is a lot happening. Rose City Circus is even joining by performing onstage from the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland OR and live streaming their performance straight to you!

On Saturday the Community Village is featuring a wide variety of music videos, live streamed performances, activist clips + BLM voices, jokes by Frog, fun MC’s, and a live stream from an empty WOW Hall.

Our very own KOCF 92.7 will host the virtual Hoarse Chorale stage – all streaming video live; some from a local empty venue, and some from up and down the west coast. KOCF will also replay the performances over the radio beginning at 9pm each evening on “Live From the Oregon Country Fair”. You can stream KOCF 92.7 HERE.

There is an “Artisan Marketplace” that will take you to links for many of the incredible artisans whose booths you would normally visit during the Fair. We have even heard that numerous crafters are creating special items to commemorate the Fair That Wasn’t There.

From the landing page you can also take a 2-dimensional “Walk around the Eight”  OCF’s Cartography Crew did amazing work to provide a Story Map Experience. It is an interactive version of the Peach Pit Map and can lead you around the grounds while you click links for booths, areas, stages, Whitebird and more.

You can watch all of the world class entertainment and so much more from the landing page, or you can enter the Peach Portal, where a rogue, multi-crew hacker collective known as m8rix, has succeeded in bringing the Oregon Country Fair to a semi-immersive 3D environment. Create an avatar and wander the m8rix through your computer. Check out Crafter’s booths and listen to music at the virtual stages. Run into friends and make new ones on the path (yup – you can even talk with other avatars!)

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The Oregon Country Fair is a 501(c)3 and the yearly physical event is normally our largest fundraiser. So for this year, we launched online 2020 Merch sales. Just like the Commemorative Booths at the physical Fair – but without any lines! We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, a 2020 poster and more.

While we want to hold hands, we will instead hold space…for hope, for each other, and for this community which reminds us that even under the bleakest of circumstances there is beauty and light that shines through. Be sure to join us in the celebration at  vocf.oregoncountryfair.org.

Fair Offers Pandemic Emergency Relief Grants

posted on Jun 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eugene, June 26, 2020— Even though the covid-19 pandemic has canceled the 2020 Oregon Country Fair, the OCF Board of Directors has opted to continue the Fair’s longtime commitment to community philanthropy with Special Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grants for 2020. The Board set aside $20,000 for the grants.

Lane County nonprofits with programs related to emergency assistance for economic hardships created by the pandemic are invited to apply for the grants. The deadline is July 17, 2020.

For more information on the Special Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grants, go to www.oregoncountryfair.org/philanthropy.

Over the years, the Fair has donated more than $1.5 million dollars to philanthropic organizations. In normal years when the fair takes place, grants have gone to social service agencies and nonprofit organizations through both the Jill Heiman Vision Fund and the Board of Directors’ Donations Fund.