MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — A few changes are in store for the third annual Discover MI Town Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.
“Discover MI Town is an opportunity to stop in and check out many local businesses,” said Ryan Kingsella, chamber executive director. “Each location will be giving away something in their shop. There are a lot of great prizes, and many will have select wineries and brewers giving samples of their product.”
A shuttle will transport ticket holders from one downtown to the other. Two spots will be open for initial check-in: The Monmouth Independence YMCA in Independence, and Volunteer Hall near the senior center in Monmouth.
“A few big exciting differences,” Kingsella said. “Western Oregon University will be participating this year. They’ll have three separate locations.”
Stops on campus will be at the Werner University Center WOU bookstore, the Dan Cannon Gallery of Art, and at the Smith Fine Arts Center at Rice Auditorium.
“We’re very excited to have the CSC Maker Trailer at the event,” Kingsella said. “We’ve had a bigger push this year to make it family friendly. The Maker Trailer is from Oregon State University, and has a host of new and exciting technology to get kids involved.”
Technology includes die cut machines, screen printing and a 3-D printer. This will be the last chance for the community at large to access the trailer, Kingsella said.
Another really big change is the afterparty at Independence Grill, he said.
“That is where we’ll do all our giveaways and drawings,” Kingsella said. “They will have live music and food and specials.”
All who purchase tickets to Discover MI Town will be entered to win prizes. Those who complete their Discover MI Town passports — by visiting each of the 24 locations and 32 businesses participating — will get additional entries to win. Participants must be present at Independence Grill to win.
Tickets may be purchased online, at participating locations, or at the door. Tickets cost $10 if purchased by Friday; $15 on Saturday.
However, people may earn a $5 off credit by either volunteering in the Independence-Monmouth Community Cleanup and Beautification Day, or by purchasing a make-your-own flower basket from Independence Downtown Association — a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverview Farmers Market and supporting IDA activities.
A Wolf Pass will be available for WOU students who wish to participate and explore their downtown areas.