Known as 'the hazelnut state', Oregon certainly does know how to go nuts for good food, entertainment and crafts at its annual country fair.
- When? 7 - 9 July 2017
- Where? Veneta, Oregon
- Price: 3-day tickets are $70. See daily prices on the official website.
Oregon Country Fair is your chance to live like a local and jump into the fun of the agricultural state.
There are over 75 food booths on site offering tasty American traditions such as Louisiana gumbo and Philly cheese steaks as well as plenty of options for both vegetarians and vegans. Take heed, alcohol is not allowed in the fair, but there are some amazing drinks vendors including the Organic Orange juice booth, Valentines coffee and Main Stage smoothies which will make you forget about those ice-cold beers.
Art and crafts are a huge part of the fair with over 250 artisans setting up shop on the fields of Veneta. Look out for creative sculptures at Blown Glass if you need a cool present for Mum or pick up a hand-made pipe from Mike Soapstone Pipes for Dad. Kids can get their faces painted and hair braided while you shop.
The fair isn't just about food and crafts; it also has a full line-up of music and entertainment spread across 20 stages including singer/songwriters, belly-dancing and stand-up comedy. What's more, the event organisers hire out the entire Lane Transit District for the three-day event. Jump on board the bus at Eugene station for a 15-minute journey to the nearby site.
Don your finest pair of wellies and brightest raincoat, even with a little rain the country fair is not to be missed.
- Get there: From Eugene, drive east along OR-126W or take the bus to Veneta. The closest airport is Eugene Airport (EUG).
- Stay: Book accommodation in Eugene if you plan on extending your trip to see all the local sights. Alternatively stay in Veneta where you'll be a stone's throw from Fern Ridge Lake.
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