Safely Navigating Oregon Country Fair

VENETA, Ore. — The Oregon Country Fair opens its gates on Friday, and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to make sure people are safe.

The speed limit has been lowered to 45 on Highway 126 on both sides of the main entrance. No parking and no u-turn signs also line the road. About 45,000 people are expected during the festival.

Cassie Ray has a front row seat to the traffic. She works at Hillbilly Brews in Veneta. She has some tips for people headed out for the weekend.

“Make sure you get yourself enough time to get here and go back to where you’re going to get to be,” said Ray. “It’s going to be really busy.”

Fair organizers also bought the LTD Bus system for the weekend. That means free rides for those headed to the fair.

The first bus leaves at 10 a.m. at the downtown station or the Valley River Center southwest parking lot. They leave about every 15 minutes.

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