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March 21, 2013
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Like spring itself, the 38th annual Spring Fair has finally arrived

As surely as daffodils pop through the soil, the Spring Fair returns to the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Live music will complement the crafts for sale at more than 130 booths at the fair’s 38th annual edition Friday through Sunday.

The fair will have something for everyone, fair coordinator Louis Montano said.

“There is something going on all the time. The idea is to provide a continuous entertainment experience,” he said.

Jewelry, clothing and artwork are just a few of the items that will be for sale.

The event will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This is the 38th year of the craft and artisan fair, presented by the InnerSpace Family.

Montano said the fair has been compared to the Oregon Country Fair, a counterculture gathering in Veneta.

They are both based on Renaissance Fairs in California, he said.

“We’re trying to recreate that spirit and energy,” he said.

The annual event is held close to the start of spring each year. The Spring Fair was moved forward one week this year to avoid conflicting with Easter weekend. Montano said sales and attendance are significantly lower if the two overlap.

A wide range of performers from across the state is scheduled to play on the fair’s three stages.

Returning again this year is Baby Gramps, a guitarist who specializes in blues guitar and original children’s songs.

Montano said Gramps has a large following in the area.

Also returning is Ruch based Native American storyteller and eagle dancer Jack Fallsrock.

Fallsrock has been performing Native American dances and songs in full costume for more than 30 years. He said he loves dancing at the Spring Fair because he is close friends with many of the other performers.

“It’s the first event that I do to start the year. They get a pretty good variety of performers,” he said.

New to the festivities this year will be Americana acoustic rock artist Alice DiMicele of Ashland.

DiMicele said she was excited to perform.

“I’ve heard a lot of cool things about it. About great food and wonderful people,” she said.

She plays at festivals and fairs across the country and said she was honored to be asked to play at the event.

Other performers will include juggler magician Doctor Bonkers, Middle Eastern dancers, fire dancers, Umpqua Valley Gymnastics teams and the Fiesta America dancers.

Montano said the fair plays an important role in supporting its vendors.

“It’s an essential event for our community,” Montano said. “People always leave the fair smiling.”

• You can reach reporter Betsy Swanback at 541-957-4208 or by email at bswanback@nrtoday.com.

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