Diversity Committee Fundraiser Fall/Winter

posted on Dec 10, 2020

Greetings, Fair Community.

Join us in our campaign to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Fair. 

Although many people think of the Fair as a warm and  welcoming space, this feeling isn’t shared among all in our community. Inequity, cultural appropriation, and harmful actions too often create an unfriendly environment for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. The Fair Family is now taking a deeper look into what it means to be a truly diverse community and has proposed initiatives that will move us toward the organization we need to be.

In the recent national climate of calling communities to action to address racial inequities, the atrocities suffered within communities of color and are being validated on a larger scale by white bodied people. The Fair understands the great need within our family to ensure that all members of marginalized groups feel both welcome and supported in seeking justice and change. In an effort to make our organization more fair and equitable, the Fair has begun work to heal the systemic racism and oppression within our community. 

The dedicated volunteers comprising the Diversity Committee have proposed a series of initiatives to the Board of Directors. The intent is to set a new direction for the Fair that builds diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of our community. The Fair has committed financial resources toward this initiative, but due to the impact of canceling this year’s event our finances are limited. We hope you can join us in this work by making a donation.

We need your help so that:

  • The Fair’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program can be developed under the guidance of consultants with the required  expertise and training ability 
  • An equity and inclusion education program can be developed and made available to all staff, persons in leadership positions, volunteers, and booth representatives
  • The Fair achieves structural change that creates a culture of equity and inclusion that we can all celebrate

We believe that doing this work within our organization is the best way to support the larger social justice movement spreading  across the country. Your donation will help ensure that the Fair is a welcoming place – for everyone.

We hope you will support our goals  through your tax-deductible contribution. To learn more about this campaign and to make your gift, please visit the Oregon Country Fair donation page. And make sure to visit the Merch Sales portal for special Oregon Country Fair merchandise to show your support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

Thank you!

P.S.
Do you know about the Oregon Cultural Trust’s Match Program? Use it to double your giving to Arts and Culture in Oregon with no double cost. If you donate to a cultural non-profit (The Fair!) and make a matching contribution to the Cultural Trust, your donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust will be eligible for a dollar for dollar state tax credit (up to $1,000 for taxpayers filing jointly and $500 for singles). To learn more go to: https://culturaltrust.org/resources/faq/

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)

RESOURCES BY COUNTY •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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.