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.