Fairview on the Green returns as fall festival
If You Go
What: 13th annual Fairview on the Green
When: noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28
Where: Fairview Community Park, 21600 N.E. Park Lane
Activities: Live music; Kids' Zone; food, beer and artisan vendors, more
As the city of Fairview prepares to celebrate the 13th year of Fairview on the Green on Saturday, Sept. 28, Mayor Brian Cooper finds preparations more a labor of love than tedious work.
Cooper's late father, former city councilor Larry Cooper, was a longtime champion of the event.
"It was one of his babies," Brian Cooper said. "He enjoyed it. The festival is special to me."
After Larry Cooper died in late 2011, Fairview on the Green went with him when the council decided to drop the event the following year.
Fortunately for fans, the Friends of Fairview group formed and resurrected the event in 2015, and the lively, all-day street fair at Fairview Community Park, 21600 N.E. Park Lane, has been going strong ever since, becoming the city's best-attended regular event. That said, challenges with weather and air quality prompted planners to move the event from late summer into early fall.
"We usually had it in August," Cooper explained. "There was the (2017) Eagle Creek Fire, and it was 101 degrees one year. We were tired of the heat, so we're trying to move it into cooler weather to see if we can strike gold. We're hoping for a nice, sweet spot where it's not raining and not too cold."
The free event kicks off at noon with the popular Kids' Zone, including inflatable bouncy houses, a rock-climbing wall, face painting and the Chalk the Walk art contest; artisan and food vendors; live music and entertainment; beer garden and more. The Kids' Zone and vendors wind down at 6 p.m., but the music — by bands Wild Heart and Remedy — and beer garden will continue until 7 p.m.
Wild Heart will take the stage from 1-3:30 p.m. with a lively eclectic mix of country, rock, pop and blues. The five-member Remedy will perform from 4:15-6:45 p.m. bringing a high energy groove with beloved 1970s and '80s tunes by Pat Benatar, Aerosmith, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Van Halen, Earth Wind and Fire and Kool and the Gang, among others.
Presented by the city and the Fairview Community Engagement Committee, Fairview on the Green is sponsored by Allwood Recyclers Inc., Leathers Fuels, General Pacific, Inc., Chevron (223rd & Halsey), Dirt & Aggregate Interchange Inc., Five Star Storage Co. and Portland General Electric.
Mayor Cooper finds Fairview on the Green an ideal way for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy the Fairview community vibe.
"Because Fairview on the Green is an enclosed, neighborhood festival, parents can sit and listen to music, shop with vendors and watch children play without concern for their safety," he said. "It's safe, fun and pretty — and it's free."
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