VENETA, Ore. — For the first time since 2019, the Oregon Country Fair will be held near Veneta with a few changes to adjust to the post-pandemic world.
The annual Oregon Country Fair is billed as a celebration of art, music, earth and family. This year will be the first year it has been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event annually draws around 45,000 visitors to the Veneta area over its three days, but organizers say this year attendance is capped at 30,000. Businesses are excited, as the influx of attendees will bring greater foot traffic to the area. However, many residents are less enthusiastic due to the occasionally unruly behavior of Country Fair participants in past years.
New for this year, the Country Fair will require proof of a current COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours prior to attending the event for all participants. Event organizers are requiring test results from a licensed test or health care provider or laboratory, meaning that home test results will not be accepted.