Sustainable Table: Brewfest 2013

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Several Southern Oregon fairgrounds struggle with their financial sustainability, but he Jackson County Fairgrounds could get a boost from an event this weekend. The Annual Harvest Fair and Brewfest is expected to bring out 10,000 people over the three day event.

Families from as far north as Portland and as far south as Sacramento are expected to be in town. This year organizers of the beer fest will give the net profit to the fairgrounds.

The hope is that it will be enough money to keep the fairgrounds minimally operational for the next year. Bob Bacolas of Grains, Beans and Things says many people don’t realize the Jackson County Fairgrounds is an important part of the local tourism economy.

This weekend’s beer fest features nearly 90 taps from across Southern Oregon and Northern California as well as the best craft beers from around the Pacific Northwest.

The harvest fair – which includes family activities like a grape stomp and chili cook-off – is free. The beer fest costs $15 and includes tickets for tastings.