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Explore Tualatin Valley Announces Recipients of its Tualatin Valley Inspiration Event Award

The Strategic Investment Awards Inspirational Events That Will Inspire Travel to Tualatin Valley, Ore.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (June 17, 2024) – ExploreTualatin Valley (ETV), the destination marketing organization that markets Washington County, Ore., as a travel designation, announced today the first recipients of its new Tualatin Valley Inspiration Event Award. This award is part of a new strategic investment program, providing cash awards for inspirational events that align with ETV’s mission and vision, as detailed in its Strategic Plan. A total of $25,000 was awarded to events held in Washington County.

Awarded Events:

  • Latino Cultural Festival
    • Organizer: Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • Event Date: June 30, 2024
  • Downtown Hillsboro Block Party
    • Organizer: Hillsboro Downtown Partnership
    • Event Date: July 19, 2024
  • Concours d’Elegance
    • Organizer: Forest Grove Rotary Foundation
    • Event Dates: July 19-21, 2024
  • La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival
    • Organizer: Tualatin Valley Creates
    • Event Dates: July 20-21, 2024
  • North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival
    • Organizer: North Plains Events Association, Inc.
    • Event Dates: August 9-11, 2024
  • Lagerfest
    • Organizer: Beaverton Downtown Association
    • Event Date: September 7, 2024
  • 60th Annual Corn Roast Festival
    • Organizer: Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce
    • Event Date: September 21, 2024
  • Oktoberfest Forest Grove
    • Organizer: City Club of Forest Grove
    • Event Date: September 28, 2024
  • West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
    • Organizer: City of Tualatin
    • Event Dates: October 19-20, 2024

“These strategic investment awards celebrate events that not only inspire and engage our local community but also attract visitors to discover the unique charm and vibrant culture of Tualatin Valley, Oregon,” said Dave Parulo, president and CEO of Explore Tualatin Valley. “We are proud to support initiatives that showcase our region as a premier travel destination.”

The Tualatin Valley Inspiration Event Award is a competitive award providing sponsorships or support of up to $5,000 for events and marketing. A total of $25,000 will be awarded each application cycle. In addition to the cash awards, ETV will promote these events via its own channels, including tualatinvalley.org, its social media pages and e-newsletters.

To be eligible, events must be open to the public, located in Washington County, Ore., and organized by a non-profit 501(c) organization, confederated tribes connected to Tualatin Valley, or a government entity in Washington County.

The first application cycle closed on May 31. Upcoming application deadlines for the Tualatin Valley Inspiration Event Awards are August 31, 2024, and February 28, 2025.

About Explore Tualatin Valley 

Explore Tualatin Valley is the destination marketing organization for Washington County, Ore., promoting the county under the destination brand Tualatin Valley. Tualatin Valley is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast in the Pacific Northwest. The valley is the gateway to the famed Willamette Valley wine country and the Tillamook Forest, and provides an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, scenic wetlands and wildlife preserves, performing and visual arts, and superb wine and culinary experiences, as well as tax-free shopping. The destination’s thriving business sector includes Nike World Headquarters, Columbia Sportswear Corporate Headquarters, Leupold & Stevens Corporate Headquarters, Intel research and manufacturing and numerous other high-tech businesses. The mission of Explore Tualatin Valley is to inspire individual and group consumers to visit the Tualatin Valley, making a sustained and measurable economic impact on the community through tourism. 

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