CORVALLIS, Ore. — An annual event giving explorers a reason to see the county is giving all proceeds to a nonprofit.
The Bounty of Benton County started this weekend and runs until Labor Day. Twenty-five wineries and restaurants around the county are giving participants free goodies or discounted items if they purchase an event passport.
All proceeds go to Strengthening Rural Families, a nonprofit that promotes the development of healthy families in rural areas of the county.
“It’s a really good program,” said Visit Corvallis Executive Director Mary Pat Parker. “It’s our pleasure to support that program and get people out and about in the community to see all the really neat and cool things there are to do and to taste and experience as well. So it seemed like a natural partnership.”
Parker says even though the tour is open to anyone, she encourages Benton County residents to be tourists as well.
“It’s kind of natural when you live in a community to kind of forget what you see on a daily basis,” she said. “So this is kind of a reawakening if you will of what’s available in and around us that we just take for granted.”
Passports are $30. Click here for more information.