Oregon Country Fair
Time Line

 

1969

First Fair Hawkins Heights organized by Ron and Robin Ulrich

 

1970

May Fair held at Crow Road
October Fair held at Veneta (current property)

 

1971

Security Crew Established

 

1972

Grateful Dead field trip:  Sunday, August 27, sponsored by the Springfield Creamery
Set 1:  Promised Land, Sugaree, Me and My Uncle, Deal, Black Throated Wind,
China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, Bertha.
Set 2:  Playing in the Band, He's Gone, Jack Straw, Bird Song, Greatest Story Ever Told.
Set 3:  Dark Star, El Paso, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones

 

1975

Oregon Country Renaissance Fair (name change begins)

 

1976

Community Village established
Security staff eliminating need for sheriff patrol
Oregon Country Fair (formerly Oregon Renaissance Fair… name change complete)

 

1980

Energy Park Established.
11th Annual Oregon Country Fair:  A Northwest Celebration filmed by Jerry Joffe

 

1981

Successful legal action against Lane County allows for down payment on land

 

1982

Grateful Dead field trip:  Saturday, August 28, sponsored by the Springfield Creamery
Set 1: Bertha, New Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, Me and My Uncle, Big River,
Althea, It's All Over Now, China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider.
Set 2:  Day Job, Man Smart/Woman Smarter, West L.A., Fadeaway, Far From Me,
Playin' in the Band, drums, The Wheel, The Other One, Truckin', Black Peter,
Playin' in the Band, One More Saturday Night, Dupree's Diamond Blues

Purchase land
Alterable program
Established 501c3

 

1983

Fair almost rained out
First Peach Pit, bumper stickers, 6-pack toilets

 

1984

Camp Long Tom children's camp

 

1986

Free bus ride
Moz road constructed

 

1987

Archaeology determines 11,000 years of gatherings on this site
Paid on-site caretaker
First Spring Fling
Camp Out with Vaudeville video released,
Filmed by Jerry Joffe during the 1985 and 1986 fairs.

 

1988

New Highway 126 opens
Last year water truck in Figure 8

 

1989

Dehinda’s Acres established
Arna Shaw first paid general manager
Archaeological Park established

 

1990

KLCC starts broadcasts

 

1991

Land paid for
Installation of water system
Left bank established
Dragon constructed at front of the Fair
Jill’s Crossing, Volunteers bridge opens
CB radios converted to FM communication system FCC license

 

1992

Failed Grateful Dead field trip
Endowment established
Attendance exceeds 50,000
Fair Family News newsletter begins

Leslie Scott hired as general manager

 

1993         

First wristbands
Yurt construction for caretaker’s residence
Fair Family News 1st edition
Stage Left opens
Zumwalt campground opens
Neighborhood response established
Lot security established

 

1994

Larson property purchased

 

1995

First watershed enhancement grant
Feasibility grant
Entertainment budget doubles
Web site created

 

1996

Attendance all time high 53,000+
Jill Heiman Vision Fund established
Further Festival Sunday July 28th
Advanced tickets
Off-site ticket sales
Site Manager established
Respect our community committee established with Veneta

 

1997

District Attorney threatens fair with land forfeiture if drug law violations occur.
Chela Mela meadow opens
Long Tom Watershed Council established with Further Festival funds
Wetland consolidation grant

 

1998

Paid Parking
Purchase in-town Office
Hospitality / Crew Services established
Rural investment fund experimental test plot grant

 

2000

Purchase of Hubbard property
Far Side land swap

 

2001

Purchase of Fuller property (Alice's wonderland)
Indian Creek Enhancement Grant
Friday 13,505, Saturday 17,725, Sunday 13,691, Total 44,921 Fairgoers
First Cultural Jam August 11-12

Elmira High School Cross County Invitational Meet begins

 

2002

Spoken Word speaker series
Friday 13,819, Saturday 17,362, Sunday 14,461,  Total  45,642 Fairgoers

 

2003

Friday 13,185, Saturday 15,957, Sunday 12,144,  Total  41,286 Fairgoers

 

2004

Friday 12,300, Saturday 16,000, Sunday 13,000,  Total  42,300 Fairgoers
Rabbit Hole opens for Spoken Word
Strawberry Lane
booths re-located
Purchase of Swanson property

 

2005

Vision Quest – what do we want the fair to look like at age 50 (2019)

Friday 12,289, Saturday 16,186, Sunday 11,925, Total  40,400 Fairgoers

2006

Friday 13,047, Saturday 18,339, Sunday 13,181, Total  44,567 Fairgoers

2007

Friday 14,300, Saturday 17,500, Sunday 13,200, Total  45,000 Fairgoers

2008

Friday 14,700, Saturday 18,300, Sunday 13,200, Total  46,200 Fairgoers
Purchase of the Mauldin property (outta site lot).

Leslie Scott steps down as General Manager

2009

40th anniversary celebration
Marc Hinz hired as Executive Director
Charlie Ruff becomes Operations Manager

Thunder cracks at 11am Sunday followed by rains of biblical proportions

Suzi Prozanski publishes:  Fruit of the Sixties:  The Founding of the Oregon Country Fair

2010

Marc Hinz contract not renewed

2011

Friday 14,200, Saturday 18,400, Sunday 13,339, Total  45,939 Fairgoers
Tony Clementi hired as assistant manager

2012

Friday 15,293 ; Saturday, 17,673; and Sunday, 13,314 Total 46,280 Fairgoers

Purchase last of the Larson property on the Far Side

2013

Friday 15,048, Saturday 17,868, Sunday 12,885 Total 45,801 Fairgoers, over $1M in ticket revenue.

Purchase of Henderson Property at Suttle and Aero Roads...renamed Dug's Green

Community Center Project explored with $4.4 million proposal

2014

Friday 15,685, Saturday 17,700, Sunday 11,830 Total 45,215 Fairgoers

FCC grants permit to the OCF for a Low Power FM station

2015

Friday 17,079, Saturday 20,115, Sunday 15,126 Total 52,320 Fairgoers
The best since 1996 due to New Area expansion and temperate weather

Crafts Lot becomes the public "New Area" with dance pavillion
Tom Gannon selected as next General Manager
Norma Sax retires after 2015 Fair
KOCF plays test signal to start operations

2016

Friday 14,686, Saturday 18,286, Sunday 12,089, Total 45,061 Fairgoers
KOCF broadcasts live from the Hoarse Chorale

"New Area" renamed Xavanadu
Light rain dampens Fair on and off
Tom Gannon resigns, Crystalyn Autuchovich continues as assistant manager

2017

Friday 15,186, Saturday 18,445, Sunday 13,800, Total 47,441 Fairgoers

2018

2019

50th Anniversary Celebration