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Coming soon to a river near you

The third RIVERfair will be held at Keizer Rapids Park in Keizer on Saturday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

RIVERfair, staged by Making Keizer Better Foundation, will feature vendor booths, live entertainment on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre stage and fun activities for all ages.  A new feature for this year’s event is a wine garden that will open at 4 p.m. and run through 9 p.m.

This year’s event kicks off first with the Trail Run 5K/1K, a benefit for the McNary High School cross country program.  Runners can register at  Gallagher Fitness or download a registration form at  Cost is $7 before Aug. 11, $10 after Aug. 12.  The Kids 1K run is $5 for those 12 and under.   Sponsors of the Trail Run are Gallagher Fitness Resources, Courthouse Athletic Club, Weigel Homes, Steve Cain Construction and RE/MAX Equity Group.

The scheduled activities include disc golf, a pie-eating contest, the RIVERfair 5K Fun Run, the Keizer Fire District’s Junior Firefighter Challenge and a K-9 demonstration by the Keizer Police Department.

The wine garden is sponsored by West Side Wine Store.

An off-site element of the event will be RIVERfair Cruz-In, a car show that will be held in the Schoolhouse Square parking lot at River and Chemawa roads.  The show is co-sponsored by Bi-Mart and Skyline’s Keizer Ford.  There will be shuttle service between the car show and RIVERfair at the park.

Pioneer Helicopters will be providing rides from the park and take flight over Keizer and the Willamette River.  Rides are $25 per person with a two person minimum and a three person maximum.  Flights will take off from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Making Keizer Better will sell Hands on Government tiles during the event.  For $20 people can purchase a six-inch square ceramic tile and paint their handprint on them.  The tiles will be installed along pathways at the Keizer Civic Center.  The project combines arts, civics and education in one project that will teach children about their local government and how the city’s citizens help make it run.

A pie-eating contest, sponsored by Roth’s Fresh Markets, will be held at 2 p.m. to see who can eat one pie in the fastest time.  There will be three categories—boys under 13, girls under 13 and adults.   The winners will receive blue ribbons.  Also for kids will be nature tours of the park at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by Salem horticulturist Aislinn Adams.

Vendors will be selling a variety of goods, food vendors and informational booths.  The Keizer Art Association will present The ArtSale at RIVERfair this year.  Their booth will include moderate priced art from award-winning artists.  Smaller gifts will also be on sale including notecards, magnets, tiles and more..  Artists will be demonstrating their individual techniques throughout the day.

Keizer pets will not be left out of RIVERfair.  The Keizer Parks Foundation will be casting and selling paw pavers for $25 that will be placed around the dog park.  The Foundation is also presenting Bridget Pilloud, Portland’s best-known intuitive animal communicator. She listens to and conveys information from the animals that she works with to help build better relationships between pets and their people.

The first RIVERfair Pet Parade sponsored by Copper Creek Mercantile will take place at 10 a.m.  Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets to the park at 9:45 a.m.  There will be Golden Bones awarded in five categories including funniest, most unusual and best look-a-like.

RIVERfair will be filled with music as the amphitheatre stage will feature Keizer entertainers from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kicking off the entertainment will be a fencing demonstration presented by Salem Classic Fencing.  At 1 p.m. the Cherry City Cloggers take to the stage following at 2 p.m. by the Chris Jones Band from  Salem.  At 3 p.m.the Keizer Community Stage Band will perform.  Newcomer Buddy Paprock will perform his orginal songs and covers at 4 p.m.  Local country music favorite Sheba Dawn will bring her high-energy show at 5 p.m.  Steelhead will take to the stage at 6 p.m.

There will be limited parking at Keizer Rapids Park.  To handle overflow there will be parking at McNary High School with shuttle service starting at 11 a.m. provided by DaySpring Fellowship.  The Keizer Bikeways Committee will provide a bike corral for those who want to pedal to the event.

RIVERfair is organized by Making Keizer Better Foundation, a group that raises money to disburse to Keizer-based charities and fund his and hers vocational scholarships for Keizer high school students.  This year proceeds will be granted to the Keizer Community Food Bank.  Making Keizer Better is a 501(c)3 organization which accepts financial donations at any time.  For information call Lyndon Zaitz at 503-390-6840.  For information about being a vendor contact Jan Cline at 503-999-8696.

Hours of the festival are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Keizer Rapids Park, which is at the end of Chemawa Road N. about one and a half miles west of River Road.