Oregon Country Fair 2011 Kicks Off
by Jessica Debbas, kezi.com
July 8th 2011
VENETA, Ore. -- It's a Eugene tradition stretching back more than 40 years. Friday is the first day of the three day Oregon Country Fair, an event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Each summer the deep dark woods in Veneta are transformed into a place full of energy and creativity, a showcase of live music, elaborate homemade costumes and animated participants. It gives this fair a unique northwest flavor.
"I've been to festies all over the United States and there's nowhere like this place. It's a mystical land," said Trenton Brown, attendee.
Hundreds of food and craft vendors set up shop. And best of all, the crafts are hand-made and one of a kind. But what also makes this fair unique is that anyone can entertain.
"Can't go wrong with florescent pom poms and a glue gun," said Randy Feldhaus, attendee.
Whether it's showing up in costume or organizing your own parade, interactive participation is encouraged.
"The people, the love, it's just everyone coming together, as one people, one mind," said "B".
The Oregon Country Fair is about fun and community, but it's also about sustainability and finding energy efficient ways to live your life.
"It's an umbrella solar cooker and a parabolic papazon chair that can boil water, bake cookies and stir fry," said Bart Orlando, renewable energy educator.
Inside the fairgrounds, you'll find an energy park that spotlights green gadgets. Like a human-powered machine to blend your own smoothie. But no matter where you decide to put your passion, everyone's here to have a good time and continue a beloved summer tradition.
"Definitely just a welcoming atmosphere," said Karren Feldhaus, attendee.
"Everybody here is awesome. it's just a good release from the monotony of life," Brown said.
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