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Dune Fest organizer promises packed event

WINCHESTER BAY — In just a few days, the dunes will be transformed into a mini city in the sand.
Dune Fest begins on Aug. 1 and event organizers are getting excited about the annual riding week. Like all events presented by the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce this year, the huge task of organizing Dune Fest had organizers worried. But as usual, the members, employees and all the volunteers associated with the chamber came together for what chairman Jeff Vander Kley said will be a memorable week in the sand.
“I think this year could be our best Dune Fest to date,” Vander Kley said. “Vendor row is packed, we have about 300 dedicated volunteers and we have a lot of sponsors we’ve never had before.”
Besides volunteers, the chamber got some much needed assistance from Jesse Meyer of Meyer Media.
“We asked him if he’d be willing to take on a bigger role this year and he has. He’s done just a terrific job with it,” Vander Kley said. “He’s secured vendors and sponsors and just really stepped up to the plate.”
In addition to vendors and sponsors, new events will be featured this year.
Starting off, the event will be an adult-social where sponsors, participants, volunteers and anyone else can have a little down time before the fun begins.
There also is a night ride scheduled, where ATV and motorcycle riders can ride in groups at night.
“The night ride is really going to be a lot of fun,” Vander Kley said. “They’ll be riding out into the dunes with all kinds of spot lights.
The night ride is sponsored by DuneStar racing. There also will be an expanded riding area and three days of safety lessons for children. A treasure hunt, sponsored by Mod Quad and a poker run, presented by Univera also will be part of the event lineup.

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