VENETA, Ore. -- Kick off your shoes and get ready to dance. The 49th Oregon Country Fair kicks off Friday as the three-day celebration of culture and expression returns to the banks of the Long Tom River near Veneta, and organizers are expecting thousands of visitors.
While the fair has roots that dating back to 1969, operations manager Crystalyn Autuchovich said they are still finding ways to keep the festival fresh. This year fairgoers will frolic at 19 entertainment stages, enjoy food from 80 different stands and shop from 700 vendors at over 300 craft booths.
“I love all the entertainment and the crafters. I always buy something special to remember each year's event by, but the food is out of this world,” Autuchovich said.
Much of the proceeds from the Oregon Country Fair will go to benefiting local nonprofits and social services agencies. In the past twenty years, the fair has awarded out more than $1 million.
The Lane Transit District is proving free bus service to the fairgrounds for ticket holders. Gates open at 11 a.m. July 13.