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Brewfest raises funds for charity

 

Christopher Andersson

Locals Cora Gregg, right, and Brady O'Brien grab a beer at a brewery vendor at the third annual Arlington Brewfest on July 21.

Hundreds of locals came to Legion Park on July 21 for the third annual Arlington Brewfest which raises money to help find a cure for Usher syndrome.

The event fills up the downtown Arlington park with a number of beer, wine and cider breweries for the public to enjoy.

Last year the event increased its capacity to 1,000 people and it remained that way this year.

For the third year in a row the Arlington Brewfest sold out before the gates opened, this time the Wednesday before the event.

"That's the quickest we've ever sold out," said Jeremy Carter, organizer of the event and co-founder of Vision for a Cure, a local nonprofit that raises funds to research a cure for Usher syndrome.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook. People I've known forever have been trying to get tickets," said Carter.

Participants said they enjoyed coming down for the beer.

"This is my second year here and we really like it," said local Cora Gregg. "For being in a smaller town it's nice to have different variety of drinks."

Carter said he likes the community at the event. "It's generally a pretty happy vibe," he said.

He also likes that the event brings a lot of people into downtown Arlington.

"When I had to sell our idea to the city council and the mayor I said that I want to share this downtown, my town," he said.

"Whether or not they're spending money here today they may say 'yeah, this is a cool town, I want to come back,'" he said.

Despite the sellouts, Carter said he doesn't have plans to expand much more, and wants to keep the event not too crowded.

"I've been to other beer festivals where they just oversell and it's not fun. It's shoulder to shoulder," he said.

Last year the event raised about $40,000 to help research going toward Usher syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder that is the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the U.S.

Carter started the local nonprofit Vision for a Cure because his wife and brother-in-law both have the syndrome.

The Arlington Brewfest has been the organization's most successful venture.

"We ended up writing a $38,000 check last year," said Carter.

"When I write a big check I'm glad it's for that, instead of bills or taxes," he joked.

Those funds went to a research center at an Oregon university that specializes in Usher syndrome.

"This year we got a way to go to see how much we're raising, but I'm guessing the check will be pretty similar," said Carter.

When he started the event Carter did not expect it to draw in so many people.

"When we came up with this idea, I would have never thought it would be this great and it's absolutely amazing," he said. "It's heartwarming and it completely blows me away."

He is thankful for all of those who show up to the event.

"A lot of them are here for the beer, but they at least have to learn about the cause online when they buy their tickets," he said.

There are many who are also there to support Carter's wife, he said.

"I don't live here anymore but I grew up here, so this is still home and I see all these people come through and a lot of them are here just to support me and my wife," he said.

"Thank you to everybody. Vendors, food vendors, everybody that has come through and everybody who said they wanted to buy tickets and couldn't," he said.

More information about Vision for a Cure is available at http://www.visionforacure.com.

 

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