INDEPENDENCE -- The Hop & Heritage Festival has grown from two to three days, and its organizing committee has put together an impressive list of events for the Sept. 22-24 festival.
The event celebrates Independence old and new, and the city's heritage as the one-time hop capital of the nation. The festival has grown each year with its entertainment, food and craft booths, contests and other activities.
Most of the events take place in Riverview Park and along Main Street. Other venues include the public library and the Independence State Airport.
Among the traditional returning features are the Salmon Run art contest and auction, Heritage Fly-in at the airport, hot-air balloon launch, Downtown Ghost Walk, Heritage Cook-Off contest, family lawn games, tractor pull and lawnmower races, pancake breakfasts and barbecue dinners, a veterans reception, raffles, and hours on live entertainment on the amphiteater stage.
New to this year's festival are a volkswalk, a car show, and Saturday night fireworks.
Committee secretary Marilyn Morton said a few more Ghost Walk hosts are needed, along with volunteers to help move bleacher on Thursday, Sept. 21, and direct traffic for the car show on Sunday, Sept. 24. Also, a few vendor both spaces remain.
Raffle tickets are on sale in advance at Oregon First Community and OSU credit unions, Sterling Bank, city hall and the library. Among the raffle prizes are Southwest Airlines tickets and a year's pass to the new Independence Cinema.
For more information, including the full festival schedule, visit the web site www.independencepolice.org/HOPs/2006/index. Those in charge of individual activities are also found on that site.
will publish a Hop & Heritage Festival guide in its Sept. 20 edition.