Local celebration da Vinci Days returns this week


da Vinci Days has returned.

An annual celebration of science, art and fun is returning to Corvallis this week. da Vinci Days is Oregon’s premier arts and science festival. It is organized by da Vinci Days Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1988.

The strength of da Vinci Days is due to the legion of volunteers who run programs and two decades of strong community collaborations among businesses, Oregon State University and Benton County and City of Corvallis officials. The goal continues to be to engage the community in this vibrant, educational, and fun Festival and to deliver an unforgettable weekend for attendees, participants, and volunteers.

The following is a schedule of this week’s events:

July 14:  Keynote Speaker at the Whiteside Theater, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Timothy L. Weber, Global Head of 3D Materials & Advanced Applications, HP Inc., will speak on “3-D printing and the coming revolution.” A discussion of how 3-D and other megatrends are leading to a next industrial revolution.  Applications include using multi-jet fusion to enable the manufacture of products that are impossible to make with conventional means.

A native and current resident of Corvallis, Tim is a member of the Oregon Nano and Micro Institute Board, the Corvallis Economic Advisory Board, and the Oregon State University College of Engineering Board. He holds a PhD in engineering from Oregon State University.

Free admission. Snacks available for purchase.

July 15:  Summer Festival at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Exhibits featuring science, technology, engineering, art, kid’s activities, robotics and more. Food vendors including:  Kalamata Bistro:  Greek Food; Francesco’s Gelato:  Gelato and Donuts; Tried & True Coffee Company:  Coffee and Non-alcoholic Beverages; Kettle Korn Company:  Kettle Korn; Gourmet Hometown Heroes:  Hot and Cold Sandwiches; Tacos El Machin:  Taco Truck; Beverage Area provided by Block 15 Brewing Company and 2 Towns Ciderhouse.

Continuous live music from 12:30 to 8:30 pm, featuring The Svens, Flamenco Pacifico, and Belly Full of Bob. Free admission. Parking:  $5 per carload (bike parking is free). Please leave pets at home; service animals are welcome.

Graand Kinetic Challenge:

Saturday: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m:  Tech Check, Judging of Art, Engineering and Pageantry (at the Fairgrounds)

2 p.m.:  Race Start!  Sculptures parade at the fairgrounds, race to OSU and back.

2:30 p.m.:  Sand Dune Competition, Bald Hill Loop


10 a.m.-noon:  Mud Bog Challenge at Crystal Lake Sports Park

12:30 p.m:  Water Entry at Willamette Boat Ramp

1 p.m:  Water Exit at Michaels Landing, then Road Race through downtown, OSU, and Finish Line at the Fairgrounds.

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