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The state park in Estacada will close for 10 days to accommodate the Vortex2020 event this summer

COURTESY PHOTO - During the Vortex festival in 1970, attendees gathered at Milo McIver State Park for music and community. The event was the first state-sponsored rock festival in the United States.

Milo McIver State Park will close for 10 days in August to accommodate a 2020 version of a legendary music festival held at the park in 1970.

Scheduled for Aug. 22-23, Vortex2020 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life," the first state-sponsored rock festival that attracted around 100,000 attendees to Milo McIver in 1970.

The park will close from Aug. 16-25, to accommodate the event, its setup and cleanup.

Event organizers are planning for 10,000 attendees, along with additional 2,000 event staff.

"We are working closely with event organizers to ensure the park's natural and cultural resources are protected," said OPRD District Manager Mark Stevenson. "All park rules and regulations will apply, and visitor safety will be our top priority ... We are accustomed to a large number of visitors and fully equipped to host this event. This park was designed with heavy use in mind."

Vortex2020 will feature a lineup of musicians that organizers said have a "meaningful relationship with the Pacific Northwest," including the Dandy Warhols, March Fourth Marching Band, Pink Martini, Edna Vasquez, Blind Pilot, Storm Large, Gus Van Sant, Bocha, Donte Thomas, Fountaine, AK Moss and In a Landscape.

Vortex I was organized with the goal of drawing anti-Vietnam War protesters from an American Legion parade in Portland where President Richard Nixon scheduled as the keynote speaker.

"Vortex2020 will not be a nostalgia project, but a fresh statement of our values: community, unity, kindness, historic awareness and stewardship of our precious public lands," the project's website states.

Rather than purchasing tickets to Vortex2020, those who wish to attend the two-day event this summer can complete a community service project with a Vortex partner organization across the state. Additional details will be released next month.

For more information about Vortex2020, visit

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