44th Annual Corvallis Fall Festival

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untitled-1The first official weekend of fall this year will bring the 44th annual Corvallis Fall Festival on September 24 and 25 in Central Park. 160 artists, 14 food trucks, 10 bands, plus a 1K, 5K, and a 10K will be jam packed into two days. The festival usually draws around 30,000 people and is one of the biggest annual fundraising events for local non-profit organizations.

Some of the non-profits that will be represented this year include Out N’ About, Mid Valley Lions Club, Strengthening Rural Families, Benton County Democrats, Habitat for Humanity, and more. The way it works is that the non-profits partner with a food truck and work as volunteers serving food to raise money.

Director Christine Hackenbruck stresses the importance of visitors buying food at the festival. “When they buy food at the Fall Festival, they’re really helping a local organization… that money goes to help someone.”

The 160 different artists from around Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California are presenting a vast range of talents at various booths. You’ll find anything handmade from ceramics and photography to glass, metal, wood work, and jewelry. Kids can even get in on the fun with an Art Discovery Zone featuring drypoint etching, and a Music Discovery Zone featuring instruments from Gracewinds music.

Typically, the Corvallis Fall Festival falls the weekend before Oregon State Students return. But the past two years, OSU classes have begun just a weekend earlier, in time for them to catch the festival. Combined with an OSU home football game on September 24 the weekend is expected to generate a sizable amount of foot traffic in town.

Pets are not allowed into the festival. For more information, visit http://www.corvallisfallfestival.org.

By Gina Pieracci

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