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Annual Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival hits home run again to support local food box

The Cramer Boys wrap up the day’s music lineup into the late evening. Kathy Nichols photo

By KATHY NICHOLS/for The Herald  —  The lights, fencing, tables and chairs, stages and pop-ups have all been put away, the volunteers have rested and 600 attendees have great memories of another successful Oakridge Keg and Cask Festival.

Vendors of all types lined 1st Street during the K & C with, thankfully, mostly clear skies. Kathy Nichols photo


The 15th annual Keg and Cask Festival, held on Saturday, August 12th, brought locals and visitors together as a community to support our Oakridge Food Box.

With the street closed for two blocks, adults and children enjoyed the food and craft vendor booths and music.  A favorite with children – and adults – was the misty doorway where one could walk through for a cooling off!

The community laughed, relaxed, and danced.  The music line-up this year included the Vipers, The Elena Leona Project, and the Cramer Boys, who brought the evening to a close at 11:00 pm.



Rob Henderson, owner of the Corner Bar and Grill, seems cool enough, despite the heat at the event. Kathy Nichols photo

Although admission was free to enjoy the music and vendors, the $20 admission to the Beer Garden gave

This little guy really enjoyed getting cooled off going through the mister station. Kathy Nichols photo

attendees the opportunity to not only enjoy beer and wine but to support The Oakridge Food Bank. All this couldn’t happen without the support of the city, the community and the many volunteers.

Organized by Amy Kelley, volunteers were out in force early at 9:00 am Saturday morning to begin the set-up of tables, chairs, and awnings. Many stayed and volunteered all day at the beer garden – and then helped take down everything after closing at 11:00 pm.

The donation amount to the Food Box will be available for reporting in September.


The Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival is a program under the Upper Willamette Community Development Corporation. 

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Oakridge resident Kathy Nichols serves on a number of volunteer boards and committees around town. She is retired from the University of Oregon.



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