festival of eugene picEUGENE, Ore. — The Festival of Eugene wrapped up Saturday and thousands of people attended the first-year event at Skinner Butte Park.

Organizers say having a free event like this for the community to enjoy is important to Eugene’s culture, and with the Eugene Celebration being cancelled earlier this summer, the idea for the festival was sparked.

“I was going to do something that was small, and as the interest got greater and greater, we ended up doing something quite large,” says festival producer Krysta Albert.

The event brought out nearly 5,000 people, along with 60 vendors including artists, non-profits and businesses.

The festival’s goal was to raise $14,000. They were just short of about $1,500 at last check but organizers say they’re confident they’ll get there with the help of donations during the festival.