There are kid friendly areas and play places. Fun shows to watch and impromptu parades and such.
I'll bet your 6 y.o. would love it. And, yeah, I've never felt anything but safe.
The only thing I would take into consideration is that Saturday is the most *crowded* day and I don't take my little one on Saturday, only on Friday or Sunday.
I agree with Lovely, Saturday is WAY too crowded. We are camping and will go to the fair Friday and Sunday, but hang out at the campsite on Saturday. We usually stake a claim to a shaded area in Chela Mela Meadow (sp?)once we do get into the fair, set up a blanket, and use it as a homebase. Half the fun is just people watching, parades come through, etc. It's where they have juggling/hula hoop lessons, etc. so it's a good place to rest between walking around.
I've never felt unsafe, and it's definitely FUN! Bring the usual stuff, water, camera, etc. We bring a wagon to pull Max in when he gets tired (or bored). I always say I'm going to make some fun outfit for him, but I never do. Maybe this year I will!
I bring DD and we live out there for a week or more. The fair is a great place for kids
Things to keep in mind:
- Taking the bus in is free if you have a ticket and WAY less stressful than dealing with parking a car.
-There are lots of "campgrounds" in the immediate area (many of which are just someone's farmland that they rent out for the weekend in "sites"). some are designtated as family friendly, you might check those out.
- the earlier suggestion of not going on Saturday if you can help it is a good one. Its a great time, but REALLY REALLY crowded.
- bring water and/or a refillable bottle with you. You will get dehydrated and want it. Trust me.
- If your child gets lost, report to the nearest "info" booth and they will help you.
- cell coverage is spotty, so don't go out there relying on that as your only source of staying in touch.
- the fair is as safe a place as ANYWHERE in the country...but please please please keep an eye out. It is still the real world, and there still could be creepy folks out there. Just use common sense.
- have fun! Its pure magic
happy to answer any other ? you might have
Hi! Total newbie here (well for posting anyway) and was bumping this thread to see if anyone here has any more suggestions or ideas for making the Oregon Country Fair fun and successful with kiddies in tow. I have a 6 year old and 4 year old twins and we're braving the fair with them all this year for the first time! Have never gone with kids so welcome any & all suggestions. We will be camping at Zumwalt (which we did last year just my husband and I). Thought we'd bring our wagon to help lug tired kids and/or gear.
Ell-Bell, when you set up the blanket/home-base at Chela Mela, do you just leave it there unattended at times? We're definitely planning on downtimes in chill places when the need arises. Anyone here use the childcare, and if so were you happy with it? I think we are planning to skip Sat or only go half day -- maybe just one of us grownups will go, instead. Playing it by ear, for sure!
Thanks & happy fairgoing, if any of you here are going this year. Can't wait!