Naturally Oregon Plant Exchange & Eco-Fair set for May 14

Press Staff Writer

        OregonFest has been postponed until 2023, but don’t be blue…instead, think green!
        The Naturally Oregon Plant Exchange and Eco-Fair will take place Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Toledo Shrine, located just north of Navarre Avenue at 655 S. Coy Rd.
        Due to the planned start of construction on Dustin Road and a drastic decline in volunteers, the OregonFest Committee announced earlier this year that OregonFest 2022 has been postponed, however, the committee is planning for the festival to return full force in 2023 with the Grand Parade, amusements, and traditional Oregonfest fun.
        “We need a little help from our friends,” said Cassie Tinta, OregonFest chairperson.
        Oregonf\Fest is a non-profit organization which relies 100% on donations from area businesses, and the work of volunteers dedicated to enriching their community. “We have tons of spots and can accommodate all abilities and schedules,” Tinta said. “With your help, our community will be able to return together again in celebration of everything we love about our city and enjoy our favorite fest traditions.”
        Sign up online by visiting or reach out to Tinta at or 419-908-2895.
        The 2nd Annual Naturally Oregon Plant Exchange and Eco-Fair is a revamped version of OregonFest’s traditional plant exchange which, in 2019, was expanded to include eco-fest and flower market.
        How it works:
        Participants are invited to bring extra plants they’ve divided from their spring yard work and trade for what others bring. At plant drop off, participants will get tickets that can be redeemed for plants to take home.
        • Drop-off will be held from 9-10 a.m. Bring plants in pots, boxes, bags, etc. Label them by name. Include helpful info like where they grew best on your property, are they invasive, anything someone should know for planting, including sun/shade/water needs, etc.
        • Drop off areas will be designated with signage. A volunteer will review plant donation and issue a voucher counting each plant you bring. Plant donors may then park in the designated lot and visit the eco-fair.
        • Return to the Plant Exchange area at 10 a.m. to wait for your group number to be called. Exchange participants will be admitted into the exchange shopping area in groups. Select plants you’d like to take home. Organizers suggest bringing a buggy, cart or a friend to help.
        • Carry plants to your car or snag a volunteer to help. They can arrange for you to bring your vehicle to the pick-up site to help with loading.
        From 9 a.m. until the market concludes at 1 p.m., attendees are encouraged to visit the eco-fair and shop among the various vendors, greenhouses, and educational booths.


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