Last weekend, we made our annual trip to Veneta for the Oregon Country Fair. It is an amazing and magical place with an event like no other. You spend all day there, but it seems like you hardly were there at all. When it’s over, you’re exhausted and dirty and can’t wait to go again.
Like last year, Rex especially favored the drum circle. Sam was kind enough to lug his little drums around with us, so our little musician could drum along. He found the half-naked, painted, horned woman and aged tie-dyed hippie dancing together to be just fascinating. I felt like it perfectly embodied the Fair.
The weather was quite warm, and while his cheeks were rosy, we kept him pretty cool. Multiple applications of sunscreen and bug spray kept our little guy protected and we poured water down and on him as often as he would tolerate.
Of course, what he really wanted was to play in the dirt. He came home with a piece of grass, picked from the field we parked in. His favorite souvenir.
We are very lucky because we know folks who work and camp at the Fair. Because of this, we were able to take a couple quiet breaks, off the path. This allowed Rex to air out a bit and stretch his legs (we packed him the Ergo for most of the Fair).
This was Rex’s third fair and he seemed to really enjoy it. We can’t wait to go again next year!
Food & Attractions
As an aside, we stayed in Eugene and visited several nice local places. Obviously, we had breakfast at Off the Waffle (we like the new downtown location). We were pleasantly surprised at the delicious menu of Falling Sky Brewing. We were less than wowed with the menu at Hop Valley Brewing, but the food was good and the beer was excellent. Don’t waste your time at Morning Glory* unless you’re a vegan who enjoys a pretentious atmosphere and terrible service.
*I could write an entire post ranting about that restaurant, but I’m going to take a deep breath, pull out my polite card, and leave it at that.