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Faerieworlds Celebrates Last Festival

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EUGENE, Ore. — Sunday marked the last time people will be celebrating the Faerieworlds Festival in Eugene. Festival organizers say Lane County cancelled their contract after residents put up a fight against large outdoor gatherings at Emerald Meadows. What this all means is that next year they’ll set up shop near Portland at Horning’s Hideout.

This was the event’s 13th year and while excited for what the future holds, organizers say they hope this change will encourage people to get involved when they care about things in their community.

“Our situation is a great example of how the voices of very few can deprive the benefits to many. So, get involved, vote, understand what’s going on and support the things you love,” said festival co-producer Robert Gould.

Around 175 vendors were set up this year. Coordinators say that 5,000 or 6,000 visitors came through each day.

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  1. S says:

    Will you be posting the video clip that played with this story?

    1. KEZI 9 News says:

      The video has been added, thanks for watching!

  2. Cindy Ede says:

    Hornings Hideout almost got canceled for events also. I attended the trial in Hillsboro and spoke out against closing it and Hornings won. People need to get involved, it DOES make a difference!!!!!

  3. Jonathon says:

    This has been a chronic problem for Lane County, especially in the Mt. Pisgah area parks. They set up contracts with groups like Faerieworlds, The Society for Creative Anachronism, and a few others. Then a local special interest decides they don’t like it or that they want access to the site. Lane county holds a hearing that is a complete sham, often not informing the other party of the hearing at all, then just ends the contract. It’s just bad business and bad politics.

  4. David says:

    I took my daughter last year. This was so much fun. I had no idea this would be the last year. We couldnt go this year because of a broken foot. I never thought I would want to leave Eugene, but so many bad choices are being made by a handful of people it horrible. How can just a few people be in charge of ruining things for the whole community. Portland is really too far away for this event. Whats next? Mandating we pay $2 to every homeless person we walk by?

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