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Rob and Whitney Heros started the event at their farm four years ago as a fundraiser.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Farmathon takes place in the backyard of Rob and Whitney Heros. For one summer night, the backyard of the Heros family home in rural West Linn transforms into a music festival like no other.

Rob and Whitney Heros are bringing the Farmathon Music Festival back to their farm off of Stafford and Mountain roads on Aug. 27.

After an initial backyard concert fundraiser in 2018, the couple decided to make the event an annual tradition.

"We knew that we were going to wake up in the morning (after the first concert) and say we'd never do it again, or we would wake up in the morning and be really excited to start planning for the next year," Whitney said. "And we were. We were really excited."

After a second festival in 2019, they had to cancel the 2020 and 2021 shows due to COVID-19.

Now, the Heros family is excited to host the festival again, with a new slate of artists scheduled to perform and four new nonprofits collecting all proceeds from the event.

"We're super excited about it," Rob said. "We're hopeful everyone else is excited to get back into going to see live music."

There are no tickets for the concert, which is entirely donation-based, but the couple suggested contributions of $80 to one or all of their four selected charities.

This year's show will benefit Oregon Health and Outdoors Initiative, which works to get people from underserved communities outside to experience the benefits of the great outdoors; Beeline Foundation, a West Linn nonprofit working with school counselors and social workers to provide families with the essentials they need, whether it's a sports uniform for a homeless student, a laptop for a teen to complete homework, a new car seat for a child in foster care, or utilities assistance to keep the lights on; Portland Street Medicine, a group of health care providers, social workers and others providing service to Portland's homeless; and Veterans Legacy of Oregon, which provides a therapeutic experience at a rural farm to veterans battling PTSD and substance abuse disorder.

Rob said that he and Whtiney researched local nonprofits in several categories important to them before choosing these four.

"We're trying to pick smaller nonprofits for whom $5,000 would be a big deal," he said.

After raising about $25,000 between the 2018 and 2019 concerts, the family hopes to raise $20,000 at this year's festival.

This year's performers include country singer Riddy Arman, Portland funk soul band Outer Orbit, the bluegrass duo Horsenecks, indie-folk Band of Comerados and soul-folk band Wren.

In addition to local food carts where attendees can purchase food, several local breweries and wineries have donated beer, wine and cider.

Farmathon begins at 1 p.m. Aug. 27, with music starting at 3 p.m. Find details at www.farmathonmusic.com/


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