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Veneta is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,561.
Veneta was established in 1912 by Edmund Eugene Hunter, who named the settlement after his five-year-old daughter. Veneta post office was established in 1914. Veneta Hunter Vincent, the city's namesake, died in 2000 at age 91. She had attended the city's 70th anniversary party in 1982.
Veneta has been the site of the annual Oregon Country Fair, originally called the Renaissance Faire, since 1970.
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. 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.57 square miles (6.66 km2), all of it land.
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Veneta has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
The city of Veneta gets its drinking water from three deep wells located within the city limits. In 2013, a 24-inch (61 cm) pipeline was completed which connected the city of Veneta to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), allowing the city to purchase surplus water from EWEB. The 10-mile (16 km) pipeline supplies the city with an extra 200,000 US gallons (760,000 L) of water per day and provides the city with 20% of its water supply.
Veneta is located adjacent to Fern Ridge Reservoir. The reservoir is popular for water sports, kayaking, sailing, fishing and swimming.
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