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Music fesitval gives back to community

The Willamette Country Music Festival kicks off near Brownsville Friday. And after the last song has been sung, the event will still be felt in the community.
/ Source: KMTR-TV

Brownsville (KMTR) - The Willamette Country Music Festival kicks off near Brownsville Friday. And after the last song has been sung, the event will still be felt in the community. Organizers say it's important for the event to give back to a community which has given them so much support. So, again this year, they are involving students in the festival. In exchange for volunteer time from students on the Thurston High School volleyball and football teams, music festival is making a donation to them, according to organizer Warren Williamson. “We're buying goods for them, whether its sports uniforms, equipment, things like that,” said Williamson. “We’re doing a huge food drive this week with Bi-mart members. We're asking people to bring food, non-perishable goods and clothing for local families and that's going to be given out to be handed out to local food banks. Headlining the Willamette Country Music Festival this weekend are Emerson Drive , Keith Anderson and Neal McCoy. Also performing are Lonestar, Chris Young and Jason Michael Carroll, as well as Oregon favorites Amy Clawson, Rockie Lynne and Alexis Ebert. This year's festival will be held on a 300-acre stretch of farmland three miles east of Brownsville on Highway 228. It will bring a lot of exposure to the rural town. The mayor of Brownsville says it's a great opportunity for visitors to get a closer look at the historic community. We have a large museum, the movie “Stand By Me” was made here, which a lot people come to visit,” says Mayor Don Ware. We're lucky because our town is off any main drags. We have this “old” look about us, like the “Stand By Me” movie fit here. We just had [another] movie made here, some shooting done here two months ago.” Brownsville was the first recognized town in Linn County and it's one of the oldest in the state.

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