There really was something for everyone. There were vegan options, vegetarian creations, and large plates packed with meat. A lot of local businesses had booths out at the fair and they enjoyed the success that came with the massive crowds.
Bill Mahoney, owner of New Day Bakery here in Eugene, said that this year was “The best year ever!” This is New Day Bakery’s 20th year being involved in the fair and Mahoney says it boosts his business every year. When asked what his best seller was, Mahoney quickly replied, “Our raspberry roll made with fresh local raspberries.” The New Day Bakery is located at 449 Blair Blvd in the Whiteaker neighborhood. When asked if the bakery had a good amount of visitors as well this weekend, Mahoney said, “Yes! We operated at full capacity.” New Day also has a booth set up at the Eugene Saturday Market every Saturday and the Springfield Farmers’ Market every Friday.
Springfield Creamery Nancy’s products were also in great demand this year. The Springfield Creamery booth specialized in ice cream sundaes, using Nancy’s made ice cream made only once a year and only for the Oregon Country Fair. Cheryl Kesey-Thompson, co-owner and marketing director of the creamery, said that this year’s fair went “very well. OCF is always a great event. When you sell ice cream, you can’t go wrong. The weather was just perfect.” Kesey-Thompson is proud that this was at least the creamery’s 38th year being involved in the fair. When asked what her favorite part of the fair is, Kesey-Thompson said that she loves being able to talk directly to Nancy’s customers from all over the country. “We chatted about milk, sweeteners, everything. I loved talking to customers all weekend long.”
The Afghani Cuisine booth has been a stable at the Oregon Country Fair since the early 1980’s, thanks to two women carrying on the family business after their uncle Sadar Abdul Ghaffor passed away in 2002. The food at the Afghani Cuisine booth is made with a lot of care and attention to cultural traditions.
So whether fair goers felt like trying some traditional Louisiana gumbo or classic Eugene tempeh dishes, the fair was the place to eat. And by eating, crowds supported local business and families. Next year, fair hopefuls, remember to bring your appetite and of course, your cash.
To view a slideshow of pictures from this year’s fair, click here.
Written by Amber Nicholson. Edited by Carly Petrone