Veneta, Oregon

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Veneta is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,755.



Veneta was established in 1912 by Edmund Eugene Hunter, who named the settlement after his five-year-old daughter.[3] Veneta post office was established in 1914.[3] Veneta Orilla[citation needed] Hunter Vincent, the city's namesake, died in 2000 at age 91.[3] She had attended the city's 70th anniversary party in 1982.[3]

Veneta has been the site of the annual Oregon Country Fair, originally called the Renaissance Faire, since 1970.[4]

On August 27, 1972, the Grateful Dead played a concert—the first "Field Trip"—at the Oregon Country Fair site. The concert, a benefit for Springfield Creamery, has become legendary to Deadheads and is documented in the film Sunshine Daydream.[4] The city's name is used on Veneta, Oregon, a 2004 release by New Riders of the Purple Sage, which is a live recording of the group's opening performance at the 1972 Field Trip.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), all of it land.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,755 people, 966 households, and 732 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,035.5 people per square mile (399.9/km²). There were 1,015 housing units at an average density of 381.5/sq mi (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.92% White, 0.25% African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.17% of the population.

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