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Media Advisory: TinyFest NorthWest - Tiny Living Festival Aug. 17-18 Polk County Fairgrounds (Photo) - 08/10/19

What:  TinyFest NorthWest, a tiny house festival with opportunities to explore living small.

When: Tiny House Symposium for policymakers:  Aug. 16, 1-3:30 p.m. at the  Polk County Fairgrounds

TinyFest NorthWest Festival: Aug. 17: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Aug. 18: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Polk County Fairgrounds, S. 520 Pacific Hwy. W. Rickreall, OR 97371 (just 10 miles west of Salem)

Photo and Interview Opportunities: 

  • Expert speakers/workshops on tiny living:  Schedule here
  • Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons the co-founders of Tiny House Expedition are DIY tiny house dwellers, and filmmakers of the educational docu-series, Living Tiny Legally. Humbly, the world’s most traveled tiny house on wheels, Alexis and Christian have traveled over 54,000 miles across North America.
  • Van build workshop.
  • Tiny house celebrity, the legendary Bob Wells will speak.  Wells’ website and YouTube channel, Cheap RV Living, exists to create awareness of the joy of living in tiny and traveling anywhere at any time.  He hosts the ever-popular Rubber Tramp Rendezvous each January -which attracts over 10,000 attendees.
  • Simple Living Marketplace: resources for tiny living.
  • Actual tiny houses: Tiny houses on wheels, van conversions, shipping containers, gypsy wagons, schoolies  (school buses) and more.

Media Passes: Available by request by Aug. 15 to Mary Louise VanNatta, or 503-585-8254.  Pass available at will-call.

Press Packet:  Available  here.

Contact info and to schedule interviews:

Event overview:  Aug. 17 and 18 at the Polk County Fairgrounds. TinyFest NorthWest explores a variety of tiny houses from pro-builders and DIYers. Tour tiny houses on wheels, shipping container homes, vans, bus conversions and more! Enjoy the Marketplace, meet the builders, hear live music and eat good food. TinyFest NorthWest will feature a full line-up of speakers and workshops to inspire and inform. Plus, builders and DIYers love to share their expertise and experiences. TinyFests are also held in the Midwest and California.

Symposium overview:  Friday, Aug. 16, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Designed for those involved in community planning, zoning, building codes, and City Managers to learn about zoning, building codes, and regulations that affect tiny living. Our keynote speakers, who are experts on tiny living regulations nationwide and have produced a documentary series called Living Tiny Legally, will be moderating the Symposium. Other speakers include local tiny house builder and regulations advocate, Nathan Watson of Tiny Smart House, and Kevin Polk, Executive Director of the American Tiny House Association.

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The Oregon State Fair Foundation Presents The 40th Ruby Anniversary of Pairings! bring food, drink entertainment to State Fair kickoff party (Photo) - 07/31/19

When you think of the fair, the famous raspberry jam scones, rides and carnival games for kids might come to mind.  However, grown-ups can have their own special time at the Oregon State Fair at “Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon”  Aug. 16, 5-10 p.m.

Scheduled one week before the fair opens, Pairings!  Is a much-anticipated food and drink event that brings the best the state has to offer all in one place. Guests will taste local chefs' best cuisine, sip Oregon wines and beer, and dance to Five Guys Named Moe. 

The evening is coordinated by the nonprofit Oregon State Fair Foundation (OSFF). Event chair Bonique Hollinrake expects this will be their best event yet.

“We’re celebrating our Ruby Anniversary,” she said. “That’s 40 years of bringing the most delicious and unique food and beverage choices to guests.” She adds, “The beautiful garden venue has flourished in the ideal weather.”

Pairings! will feature over 20 wineries and breweries with savory samples from premier chefs from Wild Pear, Bliss Nut Butters, iWingz, Ritters Housemade Foods, Roberts Crossing, Xicha Brewing, and many others.

Tickets for this extraordinary evening celebrating the favorite flavors of Oregon are $50 each for those 21 and over.  Visit  for more information. 

About the Oregon Fair Foundation: The Oregon State Fair Foundation works with businesses, industries, government agencies and individuals to promote, develop and expand the activities and programs of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center. The Foundation was established in 1999 and is a registered nonprofit organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under the Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c)(3).

About the Oregon State Fair: The Oregon State Fair has a history as rich as the soil of the Willamette Valley. For 150 years, it has showcased not just our agricultural roots but our pioneering spirit, surviving roller-coaster attendance and merry-go-round leadership, even the devastation of two arson fires. In 1967, just a month before opening day, one of those fires wiped out 40 percent of the exhibition space. But the event went on as scheduled, housed in tents donated by community groups and organizations.  The fair has been canceled just three times, once in 1905 because it would be competing for attendance with the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland and twice during World War II.