"50 years of Fair"
The first fair photo, 1969 Photo courtesy Oregon Country Fair (OCF) Archives
The raucous three-day arts and cultural extravaganza known today as the Oregon Country Fair began 50 years ago as a small crafts fair organized by parents and teachers to raise funds for an alternative school called Children's House. Fittingly, Children's House emphasized a child's right to play.
Over the next five decades, the Oregon Country Fair would offer kids of all ages a place to frolic every year in its forests and meadows near Veneta, 15 miles west of Eugene. The Fair would expand exponentially from a few dozen volunteers making decisions by consensus in the 1970s, to an established nonprofit organization in 2019 with a 12-member board of directors, half a dozen full-time employees and thousands of volunteers serving on dozens of crews. [...]
Who we (OCF) are
The Oregon Country Fair creates events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways.
The Oregon Country Fair is an annual three-day festival offering the finest in entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable food and information sharing. The Fair takes place in Veneta, Oregon, about 15 miles west of Eugene. We are in a wooded setting with our own water and communication systems, security team, recycling service and much, much more. We enjoy a mutually cooperative relationship with our neighbors and a solid niche in the Veneta community
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization with six full and part-time, year-round employees and a family of thousands of volunteers, crafters, and entertainers. We have a twelve-member Board of Directors that sets policy and provides direction to the staff, both paid and volunteer. We own the land on which the Fair is held.
We are organized around several volunteer work crews who provide services ranging from building booths to taking tickets to publishing a monthly newsletter.
Started in 1969 as a benefit for an alternative school, the OCF has a rich and varied history of alternative arts and performance promotion, educational opportunities, land stewardship and philanthropy.
Although the Fair is held only three days of the year, we are always stewards of the land on which it is held. Here are some of ways we practice "above all, reverence for the land."
Our Land Use and Management Planning Committee has prepared a manual explaining our land management policies and plans.
[ link to www.oregoncountryfair.net ]