Event Information

Oregon Country Fair 2018

Highway 126, Veneta, Oregon
Veneta, Oregon (West)

Event Dates: 7/13/18 - 7/15/18
Application Deadline: 4/5/18 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee): $15.00

You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Who We Are
The Oregon Country Fair is an annual 3-day festival offering the finest in entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable food, and information sharing. It takes place in Veneta, Oregon, about 15 miles west of Eugene. We are in a wooded setting with our own water and communication systems, security team, recycling service and much more. The purpose is to educate and inform the public about choices in personal and community lifestyles, use of economic resources, and appropriate technology. The Oregon Country Fair creates events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways.

Organizational Structure
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization with 7 full and part-time, year-round employees and a family of thousands of volunteers, crafters, and entertainers. We have a 12-member Board of Directors that sets policy and provides direction to the staff, both paid and volunteer. We are organized around several volunteer work crews who provide services ranging from building booths to taking tickets to publishing a monthly newsletter.

Started in 1969 as a benefit for an alternative school, the OCF has a rich and varied history of alternative arts and performance promotion, educational opportunities, land stewardship and philanthropy.

Find out more at http://www.oregoncountryfair.org/.

General Information

Application Process
Oregon Country Fair only accepts applications from individuals. Applications from businesses or groups of individuals will not be accepted. Collaborators must submit applications separately.

Any collaborator for the craft submitted in this application must submit a separate application. 
For example, if you and your spouse work together on this craft, your spouse must submit a separate application. All collaborator applications must receive a passing score for the craft to be admitted to the fair. The same images and text may be submitted for all collaborators involved, but if collaborators work with different techniques and/or materials, please alter each application to clarify this distinction.

Description of Techniques & Materials
For your application, provide a description of the work required to produce the craft. Avoid descriptions that are too generic/broad or too narrow/item specific. Avoid words like “unique” and “one-of-a-kind.” This is the text that will be read to the jury as they view the images. Describe the materials, methods and other techniques used to make your items. Please do not include biographical information and please avoid passive verbs. (Use "I make pouches" rather than "Pouches are made.")

Please submit 3 images for each craft. We recommend that the first image be a good shot of a single item or small group of items, the second be a close-up that reveals the quality of your work, and the third be a wider depiction of your wares (perhaps indicating how you would present them at the fair).

You will need to submit a separate application for each craft. There is a $5 discount for each application you submit after the first. Please use coupon code "2ndAPP" when selecting your application fee for all secondary applications. If you are applying with more than 1 craft, be sure they are indeed different crafts - e.g., lathe-turned woodwork and silver¬smithing. We consider technique before product, so wooden drums and ceramic drums would be different crafts. Someone working in fabric sewing might make many different products within the same craft such as adult clothes, baby clothes, dog clothes, etc. These would all be considered the same craft and should be represented with only 3 images.

Critique your images before sending them to us. The quality of your images may affect your score. Well-lit and well-composed images can significantly increase your chances for approval.

No information will be given to the jurors which could reveal the identity of the applicant. Make sure that your written description and images contain no names or other identifying information which could cause your work to be disqualified.

Samples & Ingestibles
Do NOT send samples. They will be discarded. EXCEPTIONS: If you are submitting herbal tinctures, herbal extracts, fragrances, or body care products, we will accept samples for the jury to test, along with images of your display and production process (yes, show the process). Samples sent will not be returned. Please fully complete your ZAPP application, and then send your samples to the Oregon Country Fair office. Samples should be clearly labeled with your name and the number of the application to which they belong and shipped to:

Craft Inventory
c/o Oregon Country Fair
442 Lawrence Street
Eugene, OR 97401

Herbal tinctures and herbal extracts are the only ingestible items allowed for sale in craft booths. These items must comply with all applicable state and federal laws. Approved crafters of these items must supply copies of valid health department licenses and proof of insurance to Booth Registration prior to the fair. If you want to sell any other ingestibles, you will need to submit a Food Booth application for the Oregon Country Fair.

Esoteric Applicants
Esoteric applicants (psychics, mediums, tarot readers, and any other artisan whose work does not result in a material craft) should not use the ZAPP® application process. Please contact the Oregon Country Fair office for application materials.

Jury Process
A new jury is selected each year, made up of 6 professional artists, crafters, or trades people who do not exhibit at the Fair, but who are familiar with its philosophy and ambiance.

Jurors are asked to consider quality of the materials and finished product, uniqueness of composition and design, and appropriateness for our Fair. They are instructed to reject items which are not clearly hand-crafted. We ask the jurors not to let their perceptions of a craft’s marketability influence their scoring.

Scoring is on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest score, and there are 6 jurors. Final scores are calculated by totaling all scores for each craft. The highest score possible is a 60 and the lowest a 6. New applicants with the highest scores are considered "approved"; however, that does not mean they will have space to sell. Official notification of the jury results will be emailed to you after the jury process is complete.

Cultural Sensitivities and Artistic Expression
In Consideration of Cultural Sensitivities and Artistic Expression: As our community considers matters of cultural sensitivities and the freedoms necessary for artistic expression, the complexity involved is recognized. For more information about the approved guidelines regarding cultural sensitivities and artistic expression, please refer to the Community Agreements in the yearly OCF Guidelines. Additionally, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is a law with information found at the Department of Interior’s web page: https://www.doi.gov/iacb/act.

All items offered for sale at the Fair must be hand-crafted, hand-gathered, or significantly altered in a hand-crafted fashion by the individual artist or crafter whose name appears on the application. Applicants must be active in their craft, and have produced a substantial portion of what they will sell at the Oregon Country Fair within the last 12 months. Manufactured items, imports, and other mass-produced products are prohibited

The crafter plus the craft are what is approved by the Oregon Country Fair. Approved crafters may sell only items created using the techniques and materials that were included in the application and approved by the jury. The craftsperson must be at the fair all three days to sell the approved craft and must be the seller of the craft most of the time. Any collaborator for the craft submitted in this application must submit a separate application. Unless all collaborators are approved to sell this craft, the craft may not be sold at the Oregon Country Fair.


Booth Information
The booth assignment process is administered outside of the ZAPP® application process. Approved applicants will be contacted by the Oregon Country Fair to arrange for booth space.

Crafters pay a booth fee ranging from $75 to $180 plus $80 for each wristband available to them (overnight onsite camping credentials). Cost of space and amount of wristbands for a crafter depend on what space is awarded. A crafter can depend on at least two wristbands being available to them. Parking passes cost $20 each per vehicle for the weekend.

The OCF has a fixed number of booths. Approved crafters must find space to share in an existing booth. We hope applicants know someone who has offered to share. For the highest–scoring crafters, we reserve a number of booths to be occupied for one year only. These top scoring crafters are required to share the space with at least one other approved crafter needing space. These crafters will be notified by telephone as soon as possible, and registration materials will be sent only after we receive verbal acceptance of the offer to sell at the Oregon Country Fair. We hope that in their one year in this booth, these crafters can contact permanent booths to find space for future years.

Beyond this top tier, we usually approve a few more applicants. To help find space, we list them in our May newsletter, the Fair Family News, and we hope a current booth representative will contact them to offer space. Approved applicants may also advertise in our newsletter to obtain booth space. Beyond these few methods, there is little we can do to place approved crafters in booth space. If your craft is approved, it is your responsibility to find a booth representative in an existing booth at the Fair to agree to take you into their booth. You must have pre-arranged and registered space in a booth in order to sell at the Fair.