The Corvallis Fall Festival
September 25 - September 26Free
In the early 1970’s, Corvallis did not have any festivals. The only special event each year in the community was the Benton County Fair. Rose Ostby, a local business woman, got tired of hearing residence ask why Corvallis does not have any festivals and had an idea to start an International Festival celebrating cultures from around the world. Rose approached then Corvallis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Karl Cayford, with her idea. Cayford was skeptical of the idea. His idea was to stage a small arts festival as the need for a community based arts festival was evident. Rose agreed and accepted the challenge to organize an arts festival with the understanding that none of the artisans could bring commercially made items. All items had to be crafted by the artisans, a policy that still remains in effect today.