PORTLAND – The Waterfront Blues Festival drew huge crowds on the 4th of July, and the festival hopes that translates into a record year for donations as well.
The festival, which had more than 120 musical acts scheduled to perform July 4 - 7, set its biggest donation goal yet -- $1 million.
“We are within striking distance,” said Jean Kempe-Ware of the Oregon Food Bank.
Kempe-Ware said more than 28,000 people attended the festival on the 4th of July, which translated into more than $300,000 in donations and 25,000 pounds of food.
Tickets to the festival were at least $10 and two cans of food on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Passes for Sunday were $50.
Organizers said Thursday’s turnout was a good start toward the biggest year of donations ever for the festival.
Donations and ticket sales benefited the Oregon Food Bank, a nonprofit that fights hunger in Oregon.