Sunday, July 09, 2006


Well, we've traveled "there and back again" - the 8th year for Bean & I (a couple less for Snabby). Bean brought a friend, (hereafter known as "Cheese Lord"), who was duly impressed with the impromtu village by the Long Tom River.

We had some good times - I got a limited edition sarong (wasn't even planning on buying it originally, as it seemed like a commercial-scheme rip off...but it was so beautiful I splurged!); and a Peach Tree Lantern from Touch the Earth as well as my usual 2006 Faire Button Pin from the Button Booth.
The Cheese Lord and Bean wandered on their own, got henna-ed, and purchased some ready-made mix to do their own designs. Snabby found some chairs w/backs (old theater seats) that had been refurbished a-lá hippie style in a shady place near the showers. He alternately snoozed, read or just daydreamed for several hours.

Meanwhile, I wandered and met some Leprechauns. Then I filled out some questionaires relating to the Vision Quest at the faire, and checked out some ideas some UO architect students came up with for environmentally sensitive land use of the site during non-fair times. I also stopped by the Community Park area and learned how to make a Lavender Wand and took a moment to write a little intention prayer flag at the gardening booth.

We had some bad times - the swimming pool at the hotel was 1) closed for 24 hrs because some babies pooped in it. 2) Somebody heated it up over 100 degrees, like bathwater. 3)It was filthy, with matted hair piles, leaves, bugs-probably hadn't been cleaned in days.The place seemed unusually dirty all over, and it seemed all the employees now smoke as well as being very slow to react to anything, (especially the maids, it took us over 3 hours to get into our room).

We ate a couple restaurants that were either slow, (over 2 hrs just get served!), had hair in the food, and just didnt taste that great. We finally found a GREAT place, The Glenwood restaurant, right next to the UO Campus. It's been around since the 70's and was clean, nice, awesome food for a great price.

We've determined we're staying at another hotel next year, and we're taking the kids to a swimpark we found on the last day (it has a playgound too!). In any case, overall we had a good time, and we're thinking about a 2 day fair next year (a day for shopping and a day for activities/speakers/music). We might bring some more friends in tow also....No matter what, we always feel sad when we have to leave the Fair


DewKid said...

That's a fair post!

nbahcnn - One who does not believe all that CNN reports.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

'We ate a couple restaurants that were either slow, (over 2 hrs just get served!),' Really, bricks and all?
Hey, where did this happen? What part of the world? I am quite confused.
A very funny post anyway.

ladybug said...

The fair is on private land in Veneta, a town about 15 minutes outside of Eugene, Oregon, USA.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Is the date of the OCF fixed, or do they set it every year?

(Wondering if I can time a trip to allow me to check it out...)

Pandabonium said...

Sounds like a fun event. I followed the link to Touch the Earth. Nice lanterns.

ladybug said...

It's "set"- in a sense. It's always the 2nd weekend in July, so the dates do change, but for us it's easy to remember for family calendar coordination!