In Photos: The Happy Hippies of Oregon Country FairArticle by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Thu July 13, 2017 | 13:15 PM
Come the second weekend of July, along the sylvan banks of the Long Tom River, a mini Woodstock transpires. Topless lasses with flower-painted boobs cavort next to dudes in full Krishna regalia. White-haired ladies wearing wings of mossy branches sway beside 'shrooming Deadheads. Parades of belly dancers and giant puppets snake through the forest. The music may not be Jimi Hendrix caliber, but the overall vibe is spot-on for the hippie crowd.
Oregon Country Fair is an event with a mission to create "experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on Earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways." Eighteen stages pepper the grounds, hosting a smorgasbord of performances. Jugglers get equal time with slam poets, belly dancers appear alongside puppets, and marching bands trade notes with folk guitarists. You'll see vaudeville shows, hip-hop, and acoustic performances. Wandering performers roam the grounds, and parades strike up every few hours. Everyone is invited to march alongside the horn-tooting musicians, giant puppets and stilt walkers - and most Fair-goers do. Percussionists bang on their drums all day at the Drum Tower. Bring your own instrument to join the circle.
Yes, this is the whimsical hippie wonderland of Oregon Country Fair. Enjoy our captures of attendees this past weekend by photographer Matte Hanna below.