VENETA, Ore. — Every year, huge crowds descend upon this small town to enjoy the Oregon Country Fair. How does this influx of visitors affect the local economy?
“There’s not a lot of impact to the city directly,” says Shauna Hartz, finance director for the City of Veneta.
Hartz says that most of the $20,000 to $25,000 generated by the fair comes from camp sites near the fairgrounds. A few area businesses also see more customers.
“I witness a lot of the traffic in and out of the local stores and restaurants, especially Ray’s Food Place and Hilltop Market,” says Hartz.
But for the most part, the city says that most of the money stays within the fair itself, and since many fair-goers are only making a day trip, they aren’t spending any money at local hotels.