The second weekend in August is right around the corner, which means it is time for the eighth annual RIVERfair on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Keizer Rapids Park. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 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. Organizers are also bringing back the emergency services pie-eating face-off between Keizer Fire District and the Keizer Police Department.
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 a Junior Archaeological Dig, in which youth participants will receive junior archaeologist certificates, volleyball and vendor walk.
At 11 a.m., there will be the Cooper Creek Mercantile Pet Parade and the Golden Bones Awards.
Live entertainment will be throughout the day on the concourse stage. The Keizer Community Band kicks things off at 10:15, followed by The Cherry City Cloggers at 11:30, the Pacific Northwest Academy of Polynesian Art’s Vaihere Te Ora at 1:30 p.m., Sheba Dawn and Therese Fratto at 2:45 p.m., El Ballet Folklorico de Los Ninos de Gervais at 4 p.m., an exhibition by Keizer Homegrown Theatre at 5 p.m. and concluding with The Brady Goss Band from 6 to 8 p.m.
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.
RIVERfair was started to be a one-day community festival featuring events and entertainment for the entire family.The event benefits the Making Keizer Better Foundation, with money raised funding vocational scholarships for Keizer students.
For more information on RIVERfair, visit www.riverfairkeizer.com or call 503-390-6840.