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RIVERfair ready to rock this weekend at the KRP


Of the Keizertimes


This is the second weekend in August, which means it is time for the seventh annual RIVERfair on Saturday at Keizer Rapids Park. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. KRP is located at 1900 Chemawa Road North.

While there is entertainment throughout the day, one of the most entertaining parts of the day is always the pie-eating contest. This year’s contest starts at 2 p.m. and will feature four categories: boys 13 and under, girls 13 and under, men 14 and over plus women 14 and over.

Somewhat appropriately, the contest is sponsored by Shari’s Restaurant and Pies, as well as The UPS Store.

Activities get going at 9:45 a.m. when the Salem Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol presents the colors, followed by local singing star Sheba Dawn singing the national anthem at 10.

Ongoing activities throughout the day include face painting, Wild Wild Rec events and a Junior Archaeological Dig, in which youth participants will receive junior archaeologist certificates.

At 10:15 there will be the Cooper Creek Mercantile Pet Parade and the Golden Bones Awards. There will be K-9 demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Also at 3 will be a water balloon toss contest, presented by Lakepoint Community Church.

Live entertainment will be throughout the day on the concourse stage. The Great Jazz Band kicks things off at 10, followed by The Cherry City Cloggers at 11:30, Ballet de Folklorico de la Ninos de Gervais at 12:30 p.m., Pele I Moana Dancers at 1:30, Buddy Paprock at 2:45, an exhibition by Keizer Homegrown Theatre at 4 and concluding with Emil Euro and Daniel Buckles at 5.

A Gilgamesh Brewing Company beer-wine-spirits garden runs from noon to 8 p.m.

Away from the park, the RIVERfair Cruz-in Car Show takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Schoolhouse Square, located at the corner of Chemawa and River Roads. The car show will help fund  the Jerry Bigler Memorial Scholarship for those planning a career in the automotive mechanics field.

The headlining act for RIVERfair is Brady Goss, an Oregon bluesy rocker who performs at 6 p.m. at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater.

“RIVERfair is going to be pretty damn good,” Goss said last week in a Keizertimes interview.

Weather forecasts call for a beautiful day on Saturday, in contrast to last year when the event had to be shut down early due to a heavy thunderstorm that passed through late in the afternoon.

RIVERfair was started to be a one-day community festival featuring events and entertainment for the entire family. More than 60 vendors were present in 2013. The event benefits the Making Keizer Better Foundation, with money raised funding vocational scholarships for Keizer students.

For more information on RIVERfair, visit or call 503-390-6840.