A popular lineup of mid-valley bands, food and crafts will greet people this Independence Day at The Toyota of Corvallis Red, White and Blue Riverfront Festival.
"We've got some crowd pleasers this year," says Joan Wessell, executive director of the Downtown Corvallis Association, which has presented the annual festival for more than 20 years.
The two-day event returns to the downtown Corvallis riverfront July 3 and 4 with live music, food, drink, and arts and craft vendors.
Back to headline the concerts is blues vocalist-guitarist Ty Curtis. Tuesday night's performance will mark the fifth time the Salem native has performed at the festival.
Also returning to play at the event are acts the Rock and Roll Cowboys, Fate 55, Wild Hog Gumbo and ska band Ludicrous Speed. The DeadBeats, a classic rock band scheduled to perform Tuesday afternoon, are the only newcomers.
The festival welcomes new food vendors, including Mac2U, the macaroni and cheese delivery business in Corvallis.
"They're going to have their apple, cheddar, bacon macaroni and cheese," Wessell said. "I also called Kona Ice of northwest Linn County, and they're going to be in."
Kona Ice is a truck that drives to events and serves multiple flavors of tropical shaved ice.
Other food vendors in attendance will be Cheesy Stuffed Burgers, The Kettle Corn Co., and Altrusa, which will sell elephant ears, Wessell said.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Clodfelter's Pub and Airlie Winery of Monmouth.
Arts and craft vendors include Corvallis artist Amy Tatala-Beck, who has designed the festival poster the past nine years, and Spicy Bambu women's clothing store.
The live music is always a fan favorite, especially with artists like Curtis on stage, Wessell said.
"It's just a fun event, and people enjoy it," she added.
Although not an official part of the festival, Tuesday's events will be capped off by an aerial fireworks display courtesy of the Corvallis Jaycees, which begins at 10 p.m.
Donations are needed to cover the cost of the Jaycees fireworks display. Donations can be mailed to Corvallis Jaycees, P.O. Box 634, Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0624, or dropped off at canisters located at Robnett’s Hardware, 400 SW Second St. and Seriously Sassy Salon, 1965 NW Kings Blvd. in Corvallis.