Geek Fair Press Release with Bands

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For Immediate Release

What: GEEK FAIR! A Community Street Party

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland.

When: Saturday, July 21st 2007 – 1pm to 7pm

Portland, Oregon – On Saturday, July 21, Free Geek will celebrate seven years of operating the Community Technology Center with a Street Party and Fund Raiser. Geek Fair! is a free event for all ages. Festivities start at 1pm and go until 7pm.

Geek Fair will have live music and delicious food & refreshments from Honkin' Huge Burritos and Veggielicious. There will be tons of fun stuff to check out: “Beat-the Geek” game show, Smash-tacular! (you get to go all “Office Space” on a printer of your choosing), bike-powered smoothies, video gaming room, puppet shows, and kids' activities.

The event will be showcasing great local performers: Dance Card, 40 HT, Frank, and Scree will sing their hearts out for you. On the midway, catch acro-balancing team Kazum!

Geek Fair gives the public many fun ways to contribute to the Free Geek cause. There will be a silent auction with lots of great items donated from local businesses, and a raffle featuring a really nice Linux computer as the grand prize. Free Geek's computer thrift store will be open with some great specials and bargains for the computer hobbyist, or you can take one of the regular tours of the facility that will be offered throughout the day.

Geek Fair is sponsored by Free Geek and the following local businesses and organizations. Portland Mercury, Backspace, Belmont Computers, Full Sail Brewery, and Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program.

Free Geek is a local non-profit organization that recycles and refurbishes donated computers and other electronic equipment, making it available to individuals and non-profits in the community. Volunteers can participate, learn and earn a free computer system in the process. Volunteer orientation tours are held daily at noon and 6pm.

In six years of operation, Free Geek helped more than 13,000 volunteers get their own computer system or learn how to build the computers that are given away through their various programs. Free Geek's recycling program has salvaged over 1,500 tons of e-scrap, keeping toxins such as lead and mercury from the landfill and recovering valuable materials such as gold and copper for reuse.

For more information, check out the Geek Fair webpage at Pre-event press tours available by appointment.

Media Contact: Shawn Furst, shawn at, 503-232-9350 x 226 work

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