Summer Events Pack 'Em In
Three local summer institutions just finished their annual events. The Oregon Bach Festival, Art and The Vineyard and The Oregon Country Fair are staples of local entertainment bringing in lots of people and revenue.
The Oregon Bach Festival reached its largest ever total audience by finding creative ways to expand. This included a second concert in Portland, a concert in Bend and a well-received performance at Art and The Vineyard on the 4th of July. Total attendance approached 43,000. Ticket revenue was down 12.5 percent from last yearâ€™s record-setting season but still exceeded $439,000.
Despite torrential rain on Sunday the Oregon Country Fair had another successful three day run. Tickets sold out on Saturday with more than 18,975 people attending, which may be a single day record. Some 12,500 brave souls showed up Sunday to slog through the muddy paths and face the elements. Many long time fair goers said it was the first fair in a long time where the weather had been so severe. The total estimated number of people at this yearâ€™s event was 47,000.
The 26th annual Art and The Vineyard was held July 3, 4 and 5 and it proved to be a hot three days. Saturday the 4th was packed for the fireworks and for the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestraâ€™s performance of Gershwinâ€™s Rhapsody in Blue. Jeffery Kahane led the orchestra on a Fazioli Grand Piano shipped from Salt Lake City courtesy of Baldassin Pianos. This performance was a little departure from the music scheduled in the past which typically focused on rock, blues and folk music. The performance seemed to exceed expectations with the crowd and led right into the fireworks display. A lot of people packed Alton Baker Park that night with about 15,000 people inside the Art and The Vineyard fence and several thousand more outside to witness the annual fireworks. The Active 20/30 Club of Eugene has been sponsoring the fireworks display for 65 years with every one bigger than the year before.