VENETA, Ore. -- The Oregon Country Fair kicked off Friday, July 13. With everything from shopping and food vendors to live music and face painting, the fair is a full-fledged production.
Organizers said the event always sees a big crowd and almost always hits capacity. This was evident in the crowded space before the event even opened and the thousands of people out enjoying the fair on the very first day. Organizers said they’re expecting about 48,000 people overall.
Many people said they come back year after year because of the people.
"It's a sense of community that envelopes this place that is really pretty precious and special,” said Robert Bolman, a Eugene man who’s been attending the fair for 25 years.
Organizers said they’re aware of this community feel, and that’s why they make sure to create events and activities that allow people to come together.
Looking forward to this weekend, it’s expected to be pretty warm, so the White Bird Clinic at the fair is taking special precautions. They said they’ve been working this event for years, so it’s special to them.
"Over the years of providing care here, we've touched the lives of almost every family involved in the fair. The fair, because of its longevity, has become an intergenerational community,” said Wren Arrington with Rock Medicine and White Bird Clinic.
Arrington said they do have the resources to help those that are dehydrated and they can handle an excess of patients if they need to. He said they work in environments like this often and are used to it. But he advises everyone to stay safe by staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen, wearing lightweight clothing, and not pushing yourself too hard.