Near sell-out crowds at the 45th Oregon Country Fair

VENETA, Ore. -- As the 45th annual Oregon Country Fair comes to a close, early numbers show it was another successful year.

Officials said the first two days were just shy of a sell-out crowd. Nearly 18,000 people came out Saturday to enjoy the nice weather, plethora of performers and other oddities that the fair has to offer.

Oregon Country Fair-goers packed the 280-acre fairgrounds again on Sunday in spite of a little rain that morning.

Toby Lynn, founder of the Tofu Palace booth said many see the fair as a family tradition.

"Everybody wants to be here, everybody. The children grown up and they hear about the fair and they go 'I want to go there'," said Lynn.

Almost all the money raised from the fair goes to fund senior centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and various scholarships in the Lane County community.

The Oregon Country Fair released attendance numbers for this year's event Monday.

On Friday, 15,685 people spent their day at the fair.

Saturday saw 17,700 attendees.

Sunday's number was 11,830, for a three-day total of 45,215 fairgoers.