Day: August 2, 2012

RIVERfair arrives Aug. 11

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The fifth annual RIVERfair will be held on Saturday, August 11 at Keizer Rapids Park. This year’s event adds a historical element as it plays host to a bicentennial celebration of Keizer’s historic Wallace House. The one-day festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; admission is free. Staged by the Making Keizer Better Foundation, RIVERfair will feature vendor booths, live entertainment, a beer and wine garden, a 5K walk, a nature walk through the park, a disc golf tournament and other activities for all ages. An off-site element of the festival is the RIVERfair Cruz-In, a car show that will held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Schoolhouse Square parking lot at the corner of River and Chemawa Roads. The Keizer Points of Interest Committee along with the Wallace House Task Force will host information and activities about Wallace House. Events will include a mountain man/wilderness woman costume contest at 5:30 p.m. In 1812 fur traders from Fort Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River, established the first European settlement in the Willamette Valley. Known both as Wallace House and Fort Wallace, the settlement was used to trade goods for animal pelts with local native tribes. The house was located on a bluff overlook- ing the Willamette River in what is now southeast Keizer. Gilgamesh Brewing Company will...

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