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Enjoy KLCC's reports from the 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Country Fair, July 2019!View KLCC's broadcast schedule and other details of the 2019 Fair.

More Than 58,000 People Attended the Oregon Country Fair's 50th

Rachael McDonald

Organizers say the Oregon Country Fair had its largest crowds in decades this weekend in Veneta.  The 3-day festival drew more than 58,474 people.

The fair celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and that may have been part of the draw.

Wally Bomgaars is the new Executive Director of the fair. He told KLCC he’d like to start thinking about the next 50 years.

“Ultimately, it’s a balance of the history and the heart of what’s going on here and also bringing that into the future. Bringing in new generations, bringing in more diversity, bringing in, just all kinds of things.”

Saturday had the biggest crowd. There were 21,620 tickets sold that day. Friday had just over 20,047 and Sunday’s attendance was 16,807 people.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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