The first ever fair of its kind showcasing school bus conversions.
"I kept getting messages from people asking if I knew of any skoolie specific festivals that were more than just a gathering. After a couple years I decided it was time to create one. Thus The Bus Fair was born." ~Brock Butterfield, Founder - Bus Life Adventure
With 20-30 school bus conversions ranging in all sizes, art and food vendors, beer garden and live music, The Bus Fair is a unique event unlike anything you've probably seen.
Skoolies on display will not only range in size but also stages of their build as well. Curious of what a school bus looks like completely gutted or at the point of getting ready for spray foam insulation? We'll have buses in the different phases of the build so that you can see first hand the work that goes into each build. Bring a notepad and ask questions. Gain knowledge from other skoolie owners who have done it or are doing it.
Our art vendors are a combination of artists from around the state as well as skoolie owners of the fair who have a unique product to sell. Each artist is reviewed and approved based on if their art, craft or product is handmade and from the heart. No mass produced overseas products here.
For adult beverages we've partnered with the non-profit G.O.A.T.S. (Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards) to give them an opportunity to raise funds for their all volunteer based trail building / maintenance crew. The majority of beer, wine and cider sales will go towards the continued effort of providing fun and flowy trails for mountain bikers, hikers, moto and equestrian riders. We will also have our local distillers, Deep Woods Distillery to offer special cocktails and bottle sales.
The music lineup is also something special. We have some very talented musicians lying low in Oakridge and we've selected a handful to be on stage. Music genres ranging from folk, Americana and bluegrass.
The vendor booths will not only consist of artists but also companies that make products related to the bus, van, truck or nomadic life. AM Solar is one of those vendors so if you've got solar questions come prepared to get some answers.
The Greenwaters Park venue is surrounded by old growth douglas fir and cedars with the Middle Fork of the Willamette River flowing at the parks edge. The small but popular town of Oakridge, OR holds the title of mountain biking capital of the Northwest but don't let the world class mountain biking trails trick you. The town is a hidden gem with numerous forms of recreation ready to be had. You can get a sneak peak of what the town has to offer by visiting the Chamber of Commerce's website.
If you're planning to check out The Bus Fair we highly advise to make a weekend out of it. You'll find plenty of AirBnB's, historic lodges, family owned motels and both USFS campsites and free camping. Stay Saturday night and make Sunday a Funday!
June 19th - 20th, 2020
Friday, June 19th - Seminars and Private Skoolie Tours
Saturday, June 20th - Main Event
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If you miss out on grabbing a camping spot for the event, no need to hit that panic button. Oakridge has plenty of lodging options right in town. Town is roughly a 2 mile radius so you're close enough to walk or bike to the event if you want.
Oakridge Lodge is a supporter of The Bus Fair and we recommend the Oakridge Lodge and their little Bistro with wood fired pizzas, wine, beer and beautiful patio!
Vendor booths pricing for 2020 TBA.
A 30% discount will be applied if funds are received before April 15th.
Do you handcraft unique products? We'll be accepting applications for craft makers and artists that create products with lots of love and thought put into them. Check back soon for a link to the application.
Nothing accompanies a fair like good food. We'll be accepting applications for food vendors that offer tasty plates to be gobbled by the masses. Food vendor spots are limited so check back soon for a link to the application. Last year one food vendor alone made $1,300 after expenses for the one day event. Whoa!
Do you offer a product or service that applies to the bus, van, truck, RV or full timing lifestyle? Our attendees are not only interested in touring school bus conversions but also the components that go into them. Any products that apply to the tiny and minimalist lifestyle will speak to our attendees the most so if you have a product that should be showcased at The Bus Fair then we want to hear from you. Be sure to look at the sponsorship options below to get more bang for your buck otherwise check back soon for a link to the application and we'll take a look at whatcha got!
Interested in supporting The Bus Fair and gaining exclusive brand exposure to our 100k+ online audience? Check out sponsorship opportunities here and read how sponsors from last year did with their ROI.