Eugene Weekly : Oregon Country Fair 2010 : 7.8.2010


Oregon Country Fair 2010

Fair History, Family History A smattering of stories of the real people behind the magic

Music, Spoken Word, Juggling  . . . A doctor with a clown costume, plus a whole lot more

Fair Process Behind the scenes of the fairyland

Pedal Power The OCF greens up even more

Missing Kevin at the Fair Longtime Fair backer remembered

Missing Kevin at the Fair
Longtime Fair backer remembered
By Ted Taylor 

This will be the first Fair in many years that Kevin Dougherty will not be an integral part of the scene. Dougherty died unexpectedly of natural causes last October. He was a creative problem-solver and served the Fair in numerous capacities over the years, from bus crew coordinator to handling the Fair’s publicity and advertising.

Dougherty was EW’s art director for many years and was an accomplished artist in several media. He helped found the Last Friday ArtWalk and hosted early performances of the Lord Leebrick Theatre in his living room. 

Norma Sax worked with Dougherty at the Fair and says, “His willingness to share his enormous artistic talent and creativity was a treasured gift for us. We know right now he’s dancing at the biggest Fair of all and smiling that Kevin smile.”

Dougherty was featured on the cover of EW’s Best of Eugene issue Oct. 29, 2009, leaning up against the red and black company VW bus that he bought from EW when it proved to be unreliable. He kept it running (sometimes by pushing it), and it served as a kind of art installation in front of his house. 

He was a staunch champion of the Fair as an innovative artistic and social endeavor. He often talked about the Fair’s strong support for the arts in western Lane County schools, and the Fair’s endowments to the Relief Nursery, Culture Jam youth camp scholarships, wetland restoration, White Bird, WOW Hall, Saturday Market and more. 

Dougherty’s Facebook page is still active, and more information about him can be found on the back page of the Fair’s Peach Pit and in our archives at and at