Festival to celebrate 25th birthday with spectacular fireworks

fireworksLargest fireworks display in Oregon to fill horizon with color and effects

Oregon Food Bank’s Waterfront Blues Festival will celebrate its 25th birthday on the nation’s birthday, Wednesday, July 4, with a spectacular display of fireworks … the largest July 4 fireworks display in Oregon.

The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, takes place July 4-8, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Waterfront Blues Festival Fireworks Show starts at 10 p.m., after the evening’s final performance and the National Anthem, performed by Linda Hornbuckle.

Entry to the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, including the fireworks show, is a donation of $10 (or more) plus two cans (or more) of nonperishable food.

100 of all donations benefit Oregon Food Bank’s mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

Simulcast by KINK.fm
Western Display Fireworks will fire the 2012 firework display from a barge on the Willamette River. Western Display choreographs the show to the tempo and intensity of a soundtrack produced and simulcast by KINK.fm 101.9. The 22-minute-show will include 11,800 shots.

Distinctive, specially-designed display
“In celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary, we’ve designed distinctive opening and finale sequences,” announced Heather Gobet, of Western Display Fireworks. “We special-ordered the products nearly a year ago to celebrate this major milestone.

“The opener will feature successive walls of red, white and blue, ending with 100 thundering salutes, launched simultaneously and stretching the entire length of the barge.

“The grand finale includes nearly 2,000 shots that we’ll fire in under one minute,” she said. “We’ll launch this barrage of red, white and blue shells and multi-shot items out of specially-designed V-pattern mortars to fill the entire horizon with color and effects.”

Five-generation family business
Since 1992, when Oregon Food Bank added fireworks to its Waterfront Blues Festival, Western Display Fireworks has produced the display with Bob Gobet, company owner, as the lead pyro-technician. The five-generation family business, located in Canby, Ore., originated in 1948 and has been producing fireworks shows for more than 60 years in the Northwest and around the United States.

Visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com for details. Like the festival on Facebook and follow the festival on Twitter: facebook.com/waterfrontbluesfest, twitter.com/waterfrontblues.

About the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, is owned and produced by Oregon Food Bank, a charitable nonprofit, with the help of two-thousand volunteers to raise food and funds to help people who are hungry throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. It is Oregon Food Bank’s largest fundraiser.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.

The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems. Last year, the OFB Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.  

Festival sponsors  
The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Major sponsors include: The Oregonian, KINK.fm, iQ Credit Union, FedEx, KIA Motors, Schnitzer Steel, Pepsi, Miller Lite, Deschutes Brewery, Mission Foods.

Supporting sponsors include: Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, Regal Cinemas, The Boeing Company, Health Net, Caring Ambassadors Program, OregonLive.com and Delta Music Experience (DME), EcoShuttle, SmartPark, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Earth2o Water, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Frito Lay, Yoshida, Dave’s Killer Bread, Dreyer’s, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, KBOO, Music Millennium, Oregon Music News, PrimePay, Sunbelt Rentals, Maverick Marketing, Portland Community College, Cascade Blues Association, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Karolyn H. March, attorney, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Cascade Zydeco Association, RiverPlace Hotel, Hotel Fifty, Marriott Hotel, Portland North Harbour Collection by Marriott, St. Stephens Table.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank.