Oregon Country Fair
Time Line



First Fair Hawkins Heights organized by Ron and Robin Ulrich



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



Security Crew Established



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



Oregon Country Renaissance Fair (name change begins)



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



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



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



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



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



Camp Long Tom children's camp



Free bus ride
Moz road constructed



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.



New Highway 126 opens
Last year water truck in Figure 8



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



KLCC starts broadcasts



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



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

Leslie Scott hired as general manager



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



Larson property purchased



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



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



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



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



Purchase of Hubbard property
Far Side land swap



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



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



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



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



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


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


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


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


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


Marc Hinz contract not renewed


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


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

Purchase last of the Larson property on the Far Side


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


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


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


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


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



50th Anniversary Celebration