Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” by attending Veneta’s Oregon Country Fair. The fair will take place July 13th, 14th and 15th- and there are a number of exciting sights, sounds and even tastes on the agenda.

Here, Jenny Newtson, Oregon Country Fair Media Coordinator, explains the significance of the fair’s largest art piece.

Because of the creative energy the Oregon Country Fair embodies, new artistic ideas and expressions can be found each year, at many of the vendor booths. From music to great food to a gorgeous mural, the fair has something for everyone.

Not to mention, the fair works to incorporate as many environmentally friendly aspects as possible. Almost all of the booths are made of wood, excluding the brightly colored “Rabbit’s Hole” tent.

Take a look at how this elaborate tent is set up for the fair.

The Oregon Country Fair is also involved in the “Green Ticket Project”, which strives to reduce the fair’s carbon production. This project focuses on renewable energy, waste reduction and public transportation/biofuels. All visitors to the fair are encouraged to donate $1 toward these efforts, in hopes that the fair will someday become climate neutral.

The fair is open to children and adults of all ages. If you are traveling with your family, be sure to check out the fair’s puppet shows, marching band, or even try your hand at juggling in the Chela Mela Meadow. Or, participate in yoga classes, view Strawberry Lane’s socio-archaeological timeline, or simply sit back and enjoy the sights.

Tickets are $20 on Friday, July 13th and Sunday, July 15th, and $25 on Saturday, July 14th. You may purchase tickets at 1-800-992-8499 or at www.ticketswest.com

For more information on the Oregon Country Fair, please visit www.oregoncountryfair.org.

For more information on summer festivals in the Willamette Valley, please visit our Upcoming Events section.

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