Hello from Oregon Country Fair! I absolutely LOVE festivals and whilst I’d describe myself as a festival veteran, this is the first festival I’d been to stateside. OCF was described to me as a hippie festival and it was very hippie, hippie like the aging UK hippies can only dream of. About one hour in I was sat in the baking sun, talking to a face-painted flower child with dreadlocks named Honeysuckle about how she felt the spirit of the earth around her at the festival; Woodstock or OCF?
OCF was a lot smaller than most of our UK festivals but still had loads to do. The vegan options at this festival were incredible, as were the array of crafts. I absolutely adored the carved trees and these beautiful tree-top umbrellas we found. I came back with about 40 photos and zero money but a lot of amazing memories; spending three hours walking around a field looking for my cousin with some University of Washington students I’d just met, falling asleep under the stars with a group of philosophers, starting a “music parade” at 2am and being followed by the local Sheriff, having a ten-minute conversation about Pokemon with an 8 year old, finding a frog in the showers (aka, a creek) which promptly ran away from me and drunkenly witnessing a walking tree parade with my equally freaked out cousin (it was terrifying). And those are just the safe for work stories!
I really dislike the “festival fashion” and “how to survive festival” rubbish we get over here written by people who have clearly never been to a festival. I mean, I like a lot of crazy clothes and I don’t use make-up/hair products anyway so I always feel very at home at festivals, but really if anybody is packing a load of new clothes and worrying about your hair-washing options then you’re doing it wrong. If you’ve ever been to a festival you’ll know that a) everybody there is either covered in mud or off their face, b) you should only take clothes you don’t mind losing or ruining and c) all the best bits happen at night where nobody can see you. Festivals are really not about fashion but about the music and the people and it was so refreshing to be somewhere that knew that. What festivals are you guys going to?
P.S. I am so behind with America blogs, I’ve actually been back about 3 weeks now… so these photos are maybe a month old? Argh! I might just stop showing you America and return to the present day. My views have been going crazy recently whilst my comments have dropped… welcome new silent readers and please stick around! Fellow bloggers, does anybody else sporadically find random trends in their blogging?