Top Pacific Northwest Artisans Meet in Corvallis September 26th - 27th

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Featuring: • 170 artist booths • Continuous music on the Main Stage • Street dance with Big Monti Amundson and opening act: The Maharimbas • Food court: with local restaurants, microbrews and "lites" on tap, wine tasting with Benton Co. Winery Association • Children's Stage and Art Discovery Zone for kids of all ages • 1K, 5K and 10K runs, Sunday 9AM

The Fall Festival is a wonderful collaboration of art and entertainment for the whole family where much of the Willamette Valley gets a head start on the holidays

The 37th annual Fall Festival, one of the Northwest's finest Arts and Crafts Fairs, will be held in Corvallis Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. The art fair features 170 regional artists, continuous musical entertainment, a variety of children's activities, and a large food court. Admission is free. Hours for the festival are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 10AM to 5 PM. The Saturday Night Street Dance is 6 to 10PM.

The fair draws 35,000 people who come to view and shop from the juried paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, wood turnings, glassware, wearable art, metalwork, and more, in a beautiful outdoor setting. This year 50 new artists join returning favorites, creating the largest arts & crafts festival in the area. Six local arts guilds and Teal artist cooperative participate and show the work of 200 local artists.

"The Fall Festival is a wonderful collaboration of art and entertainment for the whole family where much of the Willamette Valley gets a head start on the holidays," says John Hope-Johnstone CEO of Corvallis Tourism.

After strolling the circles of booths, visitors can visit the food court, where local non-profits serve up a wide variety of delicious food prepared by some of Corvallis' best restaurants. Wine tasting is provided by the Benton County Winery Association.

The Art Discovery Zone involves kids of all ages in fun arts activities. The Watchando Tent features artist demos. The Children's Stage features youth music, dance, and theater groups. Junior Vendor Booths allows kids ages 9 through 16 to sell their handmade items.

This year's street dance begins on Saturday, 6PM with lively music from The Maharimbas. Headliner "Big Monti" Amundson takes the stage at 7:30 with his powerful blues music. Amudnson will provide a rockin' blues set backed up by smoking guitar. Amadan returns on Sunday and local favorite Stairway Denied will close the festival Sunday afternoon.

Getting to the festival is easy and convenient. The Corvallis Transit System provides free bus service to Central Park on its normal weekday routes. Or, you can park at Avery Square (815 NW 9th St.) and ride the free festival shuttle. Bike parking is provided at the Peak Sports Corral in the Barnhisel, Willis, Barlow & Stephens parking lot, or at many other racks around the park.

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Melinda C. Stewart
Corvallis Tourism
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