Oregon Coast Town Sees Small Economic Boom Each February

 
 
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Oregon Coast Town Sees Small Economic Boom Each February

Published 02/24/2010

(Newport, Oregon) – Officials at the Newport Chamber are in the throes of final details for the 33rd Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, an event that brings a massive boost to the local economy. The festival happens this weekend.

This daunting task, with around 17,000 visitors over its three-day run, cannot be pulled off without the economic help of its many sponsors and volunteers. The central Oregon coast town’s lodgings are packed completely to maximum for the entire run, sometimes longer. In fact, this overflows to nearby towns like Depoe Bay, Waldport and even Lincoln City, making lodging rather scare or even impossible to find there.

Chamber Executive Director Lorna Davis said they are the basis for this small economic boom at the end of every February.

“We rely on the cash and in kind sponsorships to put the festival on,” Davis said. “It is nearly a quarter of a million dollars to just get the doors open and that doesn’t count the $150,000 of in-kind contributions that is also needed. Our major sponsors have offered us a mix of both. While sponsorship doesn’t fully fund the event , it helps us meet many needs. When  you couple that with many volunteer hours, patron attendance and good vendor participation, you wind up with a successful festival.”

The economic impact is sizable.

“It is estimated anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 million dollars come into the community during this time, which is significant given the time of year that the event is held,” Davis said.

Davis said the chamber wishes to publicly thank each of the sponsors.

The presenter sponsor this year is SeaPort Airlines.

There are also Newport News Times, NOAA-MOC-P Team (which consists of gLAs Architects, LLC, Day CPM Services, Andersen Construction Company, KPFF Consulting Engineers), Oregonlive.com, Oregon Beach Vacations, E-2 Electric, Newport Sign Shop, Ocean Tire, OSU Federal Credit Union and Umpqua Bank.

Other sponsors they wish to thank are:

The other sponsors involved this year are: Lincoln County Communications Agency 9-1-1, AmeriGas, Access Equipment Rental, City of Newport, Rogue Ales, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Port of Newport, Ocean Tire & Auto Service Ocean Tire & Auto Service, PDXposed, Elizabeth Street Inn, KLOO 106.3 FM Timeless Rock, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Gold Chevrolet-Cadillac, KGAL NewsTalk 1580, KSHO AM 920 “Unforgettable,” Shilo Inn Suites OceanFront Hotel, Newport Action Network, Allen & Sons Total Lot Maintenance, Inc., Thompson Sanitary Service, Inc., Newport Rental Service Newport Rental Service, Costco, Agate Beach Golf Course, Beachconnection.net, Depoe Bay Beacon newspaper and TV, Boss 100.7 FM, KCUP 1230 AM, Oregon Coast Today, Comcast Spotlight,Charter Media, The Oregonian, Yaquina Bay Communications, radio stations KNPT, KYTE, KCRF, KBCH and U92 RADIO, Day Wireless Systems, JC Market, Groth Gates Heating & Sheet Metal, Starfish Point, Samaritan Pacific Health Services, Sonitrol of Utah, Trident Seafoods Corporation, Bank of the West, Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, The Killers, Newport Motor Inn, Embarcadero Resort Hotel, America Inn & Suites, The Edge Art Gallery, Pig N Pancake, Mariner Square, Hallmark Resorts, Comfort Inn (By Choice Hotels), Days Inn, Friends of Yaquina Lighthouse, Tyee Lodge and Ocean House B&B, Waves of Newport Motel & Vacation Rentals, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newport, Mo's Restaurants, Wal-Mart, Cavalier Beachfront Condominiums, Made in Oregon, Synergy Security Solutions, Hauer of the Dauen Winery, La Quinta Inn & Suites, The Whaler Motel, Lincoln OSU Extension and Nehalem Bay Winery.

Festival Hours and Gate Prices are:

Friday, February 26th, 2 pm to 9 pm, $10 ticket price;

Saturday, February 27th, 10 am to 6 pm, $15 ticket price;

Sunday, February 28th, 10 am to 4 pm, $5 ticket price.

Note that ticket prices do not reflect a handling fee. www.newportchamber.org.

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