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Arlington Brewfest returns July 21


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Todd Owsley from Farmstrong Brewing Company pours a glass at the Arlington Brewfest on July 23, 2017.

Numerous breweries will come to Legion Park in downtown Arlington for the Arlington Brewfest, which returns to town on July 21.

The event is put on by the local nonprofit organization Vision for a Cure as a way to raise money for research into Usher syndrome, the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the U.S.

This is the third year for the Arlington Brewfest.

Jeremy Carter, president of Vision for a Cure and main organizer of the event, said the first two years went very well.

"Even with that upped capacity last year, we still sold out a day before the event," he said.

This year will have the same capacity.

Participants told him the event was "crowded but comfortable," and he doesn't want to have too many people for Legion Park.

"It's a great community get-together for all those that are 21 and over," said Carter.

"There's lots of great beer and wine, and it's just an upbeat and positive event," he said.

There will be more than 20 breweries at the park, including some new participants.

A raffle will be held again this year, with items from the Tulalip Tribes, Freight Harbor and other organizations.

"We've been pretty blessed with these local organizations helping out," said Carter.

Last year the event raised $40,000 for Vision for a Cure, which is "by far the most we've ever raised," said Carter.

The nonprofit organization is 100 percent volunteer and all money raised goes toward research of Usher syndrome, according to Carter.

He first learned about the syndrome from his wife, which is why he began the nonprofit.

"My wife Jodi and her brother Ryan both have a genetic disorder, known as Usher syndrome, which causes them to progressively lose their vision and hearing," he said.

The syndrome affects about 50,000 in the U.S. and there is currently no known cure.

The tickets for the 2018 Arlington Brewfest are selling "at about the same rate" as they were last year, said Carter, when they sold out a day before the event.

He does not expect that they will have tickets available at the door this year.

Tickets for the Arlington Brewfest are available at


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