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2020 Oregon Country Fair Planning on Hold

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Rachael McDonald
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Oregon Country Fair’s Board of Directors says planning for the annual July event is on hold. Ticket sales, booth registration, and entertainer booking has been postponed.

In a statement released Saturday, fair organizers said they are consulting with attorneys, land use planners and other experts to see how the event might be rescheduled when the pandemic is controlled and restrictions on large gatherings are lifted.

The OCF Board of Directors said, “the coronavirus has laid siege” and the only defense is to “change personal behaviors and cease gathering.”

The festival outside of Veneta attracts tens of thousands of people and is a significant source of revenue for regional artists, performers, food vendors and neighboring communities.

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A scene from the Oregon Country Fair in July, 2019 in Veneta, Ore.

Last month, Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide executive order that bans any public gatherings and instructs residents to stay home except going out for essential needs.

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Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.