Oregon Country Fair
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.
The Lane County Sheriff's Department issued their report on Activity at the Oregon Country Fair, and it appears that fairgoers need to wear their seatbelts, buy automobile insurance and drive slower. However, more fairgoers had licenses and auto-insurance than last year, plus there was one fewer DUII than last year. Kudos.
Here's the report:
Over the course of the weekend Sheriff's deputies assigned to work the area of the Oregon Country Fair on both grant funded overtime as well as during their regular shifts issued about 409 traffic citations: 167 citations for failure to wear safety belt, 49 citations for driving uninsured or failure to provide proof of insurance, 18 citations for driving while suspended or not having a valid driver's license, 74 for speed violations and 62 for miscellaneous other moving violations. 4 DUII's were arrested.
Citations for driving uninsured and for driving while suspended or not having a valid license were down by about 50% from last year. All other categories stayed largely consistent, with safety belt cites slightly up, and speed and other moving violations slightly down. There was 1 fewer DUII arrest this year from 2007.