ST. HELENS — Similar to the Salem RiverFest that Salem-based evangelist Reid Saunders held several years ago, Columbia RiverFest next month in St. Helens is a free family-friendly event featuring “Xtreme” sports demos, live music and entertainment for people of all ages.
It happens from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road in St. Helens, about 30 miles northwest of Portland.
Organizers anticipate more than 10,000 people will attend. Parking is also free.
In addition to a message from Saunders, the festival features live music from headliner artists Building 429 and Lincoln Brewster; local bands, Deophobic, The Caleb Ray Band, and others; extreme sports performances by Motocross star Justin Homan with his team from MX13; BMX champion Vic Murphy with the Action Sports Outreach team; skateboard artist Tim Byrne, and Parkour artists from Revolution Parkour.
It also includes a Kid Zone showcasing the KidStand Team from Dallas, Texas, performing song, dance, and drama for younger attendees. Plus, the Kid Zone will have inflatables, face painting, and more.
This festival atmosphere will also include food, merchandise, and non-profit vendors to ensure a fun-filled day for those attending.
Columbia RiverFest is sponsored by local area churches and businesses to bring the community together for an all-day free-admission event for all ages.
“We are excited to bring a large family- friendly event like Columbia RiverFest to Columbia County and the greater Portland area,” said Fred Butcher, festival director. “This should prove to be a day filled with fun, entertainment and a message of Good News to all that attend.
“We are pleased to offer such high caliber talent and entertainment that is safe for the whole family to enjoy — free of charge.”
Specifics on the concert area are:
•The concert venue is general admission on an open lawn;
•General admission areas include options for standing or sitting. Other concert patrons may be standing in front of attenders;
•There is a “standing-room-only” area in front of the stage;
•Concertgoers may bring a small blanket (6-foot square or smaller), or lawn chairs with seats not higher than 10 inches from the ground and seat backs not higher than 30 inches from the ground, for use on the lawn. Extra large tarps or blankets will not be permitted;
•All general admission areas of the venue are on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information go to ColumbiaRiverFest.com.