▶️ FairWell Festival traffic: Sheriff’s office works to ‘improve, adjust’ plan


Following frustrations voiced by people about traffic and parking at the FairWell Festival at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, the sheriff’s office said it was working to “adjust” for Sunday.

The video above shows what it looked like Friday as thousands of people tried to get out of the parking lot at the end of the night.

Festival-goers reported a repeat Saturday night. Headliner Zach Bryan was expected to be the biggest draw of the weekend and his show wrapped up around 11:00 p.m. There were reports that drivers trying to get out of the fairgrounds after Bryan’s show were stuck in a 2-to-3-hour backup.

RELATED: FairWell Festival kicks off in Redmond with thousands expected over 3 days

RELATED: Deschutes Co. Fair warns of scam websites selling fake tickets: How to be safe

Getting into the fairgrounds also required drivers to pack patience. Traffic was lined up more nearly two miles on Highway 97 trying to get to the festival Saturday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office released this statement Sunday afternoon:

In preparation for one of the largest events that has come to Deschutes County, we have been working diligently with FairWell Festival officials over the course of months leading up to this weekend to develop parking and traffic procedures that best and most safely supports an event of this size.
However, we understand your frustrations, and we are continuing to collaborate with festival officials to improve and adjust this plan for a safe entry and exit today. Above all, we’re excited to welcome FairWell Festival into our community and look forward to working with them for years to come.

Top Local Stories