PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The Waterfront Blues Festival will continue and the Oregon Food Bank will continue to be its beneficiary -- but the festival will now be overseen and managed by another organization.
The 2018 Festival, set for July 4 through July 7 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, will be managed by Waterfront Blues Production and Fuller Events, officials announced Tuesday.
Since 1988, the Oregon Food Bank has produced the festival, which is a fundraiser for the food bank. Over the years, more than $10 million has been raised and 20 million pounds of food. But food bank officials decided now was the time to step back as producers and concentrate on their mission of eliminating hunger.
"We couldn't be happier to hand the festival back over to the team that built it into the largest blues music fest west of the Mississippi," Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan said in a statement. "This festival is a community institution, and we are confident that it will continue to flourish under the leadership of Waterfront Blues Production and Fuller Events."
Artistic director Peter Dammann is among the people who will now helm oversight and management for the multi-day festival, along with Fuller Events.
An artist preview, ticket information and a new festival website will be revealed in mid-February, officials said.
KOIN 6 News is a sponsor of the Waterfront Blues Festival.
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