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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Hippies are in Town



I live in Eugene, Oregon and every summer in the woods of Veneta (20 minutes away), people break out the tie die, the booby paint, and the fairy wings and attend the Oregon Country Fair. It is a time of peace, love, and strange performances perfumed by the wafting smell of marijuana smoke.

Children run and play and grind their own snow cone ice. Most of the food vendors serve tofu burgers and vegan ice cream.


There are jugglers and costumed people on stilts. Parades of musicians and gnomes and wood sprites pass by on the dirt pathways. Women of all shapes and sizes walk around without shirts, their breasts artfully decorated by painted flowers.

It is, in short, a weekend of debauchery and perhaps the best people-watching in the world.


15 comments:

Andrew said...

Sounds great - Can I come next year ?

tessierose said...

If it's not too hot and there are cold adult beverages, it could be my idea of heaven. I love to people watch!

CHRISTINE said...

Thats funny, my in laws are old hippies.

Pie said...

I won't lie - I've got some hippy in me. This sounds like fun!

Stephanie said...

I wanted to see painted flower boobies! Where are those pictures? If mine were painted, they would look like wilted tulips, though.

~sigh~

amandakiska said...

LOL Stephanie. My FIL, who passed away last year, had photo albums full of pix of boobies from the OCF. They usually really are very artfully done, but the women are usually about 20 so it is kind of perverted.

Mine would look wilted too.

Pamela E. Williams said...

LOL@Stephanie!!

Dang that fair looks like fun.

Barbara said...

sounds like a great time to me!

Island Bandit said...

sounds like a blast! Something like that (the painted boobies) would NEVER happen here! I just can't wait to get to a size where i wouldn't be mortified at the thought of joining in!

Drazil said...

Ha - painted boobies...like at the Ozzfest concerts we go to?? Looks totally fun and by the way - thanks for the blog comments...they mean a lot to me.

AmeyinIdaho said...

Painted boobies!! We need painted booby pics!!

Amaris said...

This sounds like lots of fun. We have friends in Eugene; we may have to visit next year!

Tina said...

ohh I have heard for ocf...does it run all week?

Tina

Janelle said...

I didn't go this year (I am in Salem) but we went last year. Lots of boobies!

ChristineKingery said...

Hippie festivals! Gotta love 'em. My bro lived in upstate Cali and man, there's a LOT of hippies there. Like you said, great people-watching!
Christine
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