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Willamette Falls Festival kicks off industrial heritage on Oct. 4

The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Council will host the Willamette Falls Festival Oct. 5 and 6 with activities throughout Oregon City and West Linn.

The festival kicks off Oct. 4 with the We Love Clean Rivers benefit dinner featuring native Pacific Northwest foods, presented by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (CTGR) and prepared by chef Matt Bennett at the Museum of the Oregon Territory.

Saturday activities include a farmers market, musical performances, guided tours of the West Linn Paper Company and Blue Heron mill site. Speakers and experts will present industrial heritage reenactments and CTGR will demonstrate Native American drumming and crafts. A sculpture will be dedicated at Clackamette Park at noon and the evening ends with fireworks over the Willamette River.

The Cascade Pacific Boy Scouts of America will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, followed by a bike rodeo. A Fun-athon run/paddle/bike and a 5K run are planned at Clackamette Park, preregistration is required. The arch bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon to allow the public to walk and interact with plein air artists at the park. A Heritage Park will begin in downtown Oregon City at 11 a.m. and make its way to West Linn via the bridge.

Carnival rides, a geocache challenge, self-guided heritage trail tour, art demonstrations, food, wine and beer are part of the celebration. Attendees can take part in partner events such as Lock Fest in West Linn and Oregon City’s BizFair and HarvestFest.

Willamette Falls Festival is a benefit for We Love Clean Rivers, a nonprofit dedicated to broadening public engagement with river restoration activities and increasing the recreation community’s understanding of threats to watershed health.

To learn more and to register for the benefit dinner, jetboat rides, Fun-athon and 5K fun run, visit willamettefallsfestival.com.



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