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UnCorked event returns to Main Street on Saturday

FILE PHOTO - Taste local wines, beers, spirits and food at UnCorked Aug. 20 in Forest Grove.The Forest Grove community and beyond will once again get the chance to get uncorked. The eighth annual Forest Grove UnCorked celebration will be spilling its way onto Main Street in downtown on Aug. 20 between 4 and 9 p.m.

The event promotes and celebrates Oregon’s abundance of wineries, micro-brew beer, spirits, skillfully crafted food, fine arts and local music talent in Forest Grove, Washington County and the Northern Willamette Valley.

In addition to promoting the city, local vendors, and Oregon wineries and breweries, the event is also designed to raise money for a local, service-oriented charity. This year, the Western Washington County Firefighter’s Association will benefit from the proceeds.

“First and foremost, we’re here to raise awareness and funds for our charities,” said UnCorked board president and project manager Dawn Houser. “We hope that our customers are able to meet with the men and women who work so tirelessly to keep our community safe — we have a deep admiration for the organizations we support and we would love it if each and every one of our patrons felt the same.”

This year’s UnCorked will feature a whopping 62 vendors for food, drinks, and beyond, including Audaddy’s food cart, Apollini Vineyards, Waltz Brewing, Tualatin Estates, Urban Decanter, Next Dimension Bakery and more.

Last year’s celebration drew around 1,300 people to the packed street. While the event organizers don’t have any way to predict how many people will show up this year, they’ve seen a rise in prepaid tickets so far.

The evening’s entertainment includes Rudy Tinoco performing sleight of hand magic on the street throughout the event, singer and songwriter Tom Cohen, the PDX Band, and Forest Grove’s own Trask River Redemption to close out the night. Eventgoers can also participate in a raffle for a chance to win a half wine barrel full of wine-related wares.

“We love showing off the abundance of talent that we have in the Pacific Northwest,” said Houser. “We have just a small, but excellent, sampling of what the area, especially Forest Grove, has to offer.”