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Oregon Country Fair’s Economic Impact

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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.

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  1. Dave says:

    One would think that the “City” of Veneta would be more than happy to have the Fair bring $ into town, but for some reason their “spokesperson” sounds like she’s dissing it. Question: what else besides the OCF ever happens in Veneta? Answer: nothing.

  2. JB says:

    It’s probably do to the fact that the city of Veneta spends more money than it makes in preparation for, and clean up after the country fair. Extra law enforcement needed to protect the surrounding land owners. Clean up crews to remove the human feces from local school and business parking lots. Yah as a resident of Veneta I think I can speak for many of us when I say “why don’t you take your country fair somewhere else”. Far far away land.

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