The second annual Dirt Road Brewing Street Party will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday on 13th Street between Main and College. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Dirt Road Brewing owner Chuck Cox could certainly be called a business success story in downtown Philomath. The local brewer opened his doors in 2019, survived the economic challenges of a pandemic and has developed a reputation for good brew and artisan pizza.

Cox knows the community has shown him a lot of support over these past few years at the corner of Main and 13th. A street party seemed like a good way to give back.

The second annual Dirt Road Brewing Street Party will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 2, on North 13th between Main and College streets. Admission is free.

“One of the things that makes us a success is the local clientele here. I get local dollars and it keeps recirculating through here, said Cox, who added that he actually has been doing well with new customers, an indication that folks are pulling off the road from other communities.

“Yeah, come out and get your beer on,” Cox said. “I’ve got a bunch of new beers on tap and I’ve got a brand new cider that 2 Towns — the first keg that came off the line is sitting out there. And I’ve got five other beers outside and we’re going to rotate some stuff. So, it’ll be a lot of different beers.”

Although a good cold beer on a warm July weekend while listening to live music caters primarily to adults, Cox wanted to expand the fun to include youngsters. So he expanded the party’s hours by three hours and decided upon an 11 a.m. start time.

“It’s kinda more kids-oriented early on and I wanted to do more arts-and-crafts-type things out there,” he said. “We got a bouncy house and a snow-cone machine. Maybe ease into the day, maybe having kids there early on with face-painting and things like that.”

Philomath Fire & Rescue even plans to bring out a ladder truck.

Added Cox, “And then, maybe they go home and the adults come back out with the popular bands going.”

That’s just a sampling of everything Cox has planned for the day.

As far as what’ll be on stage, this year’s event will feature eight bands, including Red and the Raiders and headlined by Scruggs and the Steel Benders. “And I have a guy doing a Hank Williams Jr. fiddle between every set.”

Dirt Road will be serving up its pizza — Cox said he’s prepared to make twice as many pies after running out of food at the inaugural event — and there will be other food vendors on site as well, including Burnheimer Meat Company, El Cruzero and batter-dipped corn dogs from Sissi’s.

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.