EUGENE, Ore. — Set up was under way Thursday for the Eugene Celebration. This year is a big year. Not only is it the festival’s 30th anniversary, it’s also Eugene’s 150th birthday.
With this being such a monumental year, organizers wanted to get as much of the community involved as possible. They’ve added several new events including a beard and mustache competition, hot wings eating competition and the frolic grand prix. Back again this year are the bed races, pet parade, music, entertainment and vendors.
But before all the activity starts, crews must build the festival’s footprint.
“We’re going to start building the fence line, start bring stuff in, but a lot of it kind of happens overnight and tomorrow. Tomorrow it’s the real push. Everything comes in,” said organizer Cami White.
This is the third year of the celebration’s “Raise the Roof” theme. It symbolizes the three-year effort to raise enough money to build two Habitat for Humanity houses in Eugene and Springfield.
Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday night, some streets will be closed in downtown Eugene, including parts of Willamette Street and Broadway Street.
By Friday night, the footprint will be built and the Eugene Celebration will be ready to start.
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