Jim Henson meets Woodstock...or something completely different
Titling this highlight was very difficult, because there really are no words to describe the Oregon Country Fair, happening annually outside of Eugene. This title was a description of a friend of mine, but I have also heard it described as "a renaissance fair on acid" or a "woodland hippie wonderfest" even "Rush Limbaugh's personal hell." You have to come for yourself to picture it. With random, fully inclusive parades, hundreds of scheduled and nonscheduled musical and theatrical entertainment, craft shops built into the woods, more delicious food stalls to satisfy any type of munchies, this event draws all kind of crowds (from families & professors, to adventure seeking nomads party animals). As you wander through the fields and woods that make up the grounds, you will ultimately get lost in its hidden sculptural nooks built into the trees, or wander into community library/book exchanges, yoga pavilions, puppet theaters, life size chess games, art classes, dance clubs hidden in tents, or welcoming activist meetings. No prize pigs or deep fried cheesecake here!
The fun doesn't continue when the fair closes, as those who work the fair or are lucky enough to sneak in, continue the festivities all night through. There are also free shuttles from Eugene center as well as plenty of campgrounds around the fair area.
I apologize for the random photo collage image, however it does depict the colorful, magical, and sensory randomness that is the fair.