8-5 festival of eugeneEUGENE, Ore. — The Festival of Eugene is one step closer to securing a space for the event at the end of this month, and organizers say they need to raise thousands of dollars to pay for the celebration.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners gave the county administrator the green light Tuesday morning to move forward with contract negotiations with event organizers.

The commission wanted to have a public discussion about allowing the group to use the parking lot at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Oak Street for free to make sure there weren’t any concerns.

“I would imagine that we will get somewhere from 3,000-5,000 people to come to the event. And without the permission of the property, there would be a potential hazard. I think people would end up being on that property, which is a parking lot, which could potentially mean people getting hit by cars,” said Krysta Albert, Festival of Eugene producer.

The Festival of Eugene happens Aug. 22 and 23 with bands, performers and vendors.