Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster'

      EUGENE, Ore. -- In spite of numerous challenges, the Festival of Eugene is officially on for a weekend of entertainment at Skinner Butte Park.

      "It's been a fantastic rollercoaster, with highs and lows and we hope to bring all those highs to all those people that come here," said Anand Holtham-Keathley, a community liaison for the festival.

      The event was scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

      Organizers said the Festival of Eugene, which was initially formed after the annual Eugene Celebration was canceled, said they've had their share of donation and location woes, as well as some other hiccups along the way.

      "We'd come out and outline with chalk paint all the booths numbers and somebody in the middle of the night came in and erased the booths numbers so what could've chaos everybody has been good rolling with the punches, that's what this festival is about, rolling with the punches," said event producer Krysta Albert.

      Skinner Butte Park will be filled with over 50 vendors, non-profit groups, health and wellness booths, live music, art and food. | List of attractions

      Albert said the free show is an embodiment of the city's spirit.

      "They can expect pretty much a Friday and Saturday with lots of really good music, really great vendors, lots of great activities. I would say it's a visual arts kind of weekend," said Albert.