BROWNSVILLE, Ore. — The population in Brownsville is about 1,700. Thursday it will be about 22,000.
The Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival begins Friday, but campers will begin arriving Thursday.
The traffic may be a little chaotic, but it’s cash the small town craves and looks forward to each year. Restaurants, hotels, gas stations and the local market do well, but so do many nonprofits that raise money during the event, including several schools.
“Seventy-eight thousand dollars for sports went to kids that volunteered and parents that volunteered for the booster club. So that’s a lot of money for a program where in education where we don’t have a lot of money for things like sports,” said Don Ware, Mayor of Brownsville.
Bi-Mart also contributes to the local food bank and pays for the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
Oregon State Police is asking you to be patient dealing with traffic on I-5, Highways 228 and Highway 34.