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Big fun, tight security set for Portland's annual Waterfront Blues Festival

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Portland’s annual Waterfront Blues Festival is underway and that means big crowds, great music and tight security.

Attendees will have their bags searched by security guards when they arrive at the gate. To make the process goes smoothly, organizers want people to know that glass bottles, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed into the festival.

Also, no hard coolers and only factory-sealed water bottles are allowed inside.

Once you get in, you’ll see a combination of security from Portland Police Bureau officers and a private security company.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Multnomah County River Patrol will also be monitoring boaters anchored near the beach.

With all that said, organizers want attendees to only be focused on having fun. 

“The festival’s been going on for 30 years,” said Tara Taylor from the Oregon Food Bank. “We’ve been working with the same partners for 30 years. They know the festival, they’ve run it. They stay very up on security. We haven’t had any incidents and I think that’s because the team takes it very, very seriously.”

The Waterfront Blues Festival is the Oregon Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It goes on all weekend and through the Fourth of July. 

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