News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Concert at the lake set as summer fun continues

Country and Western star Scotty Alexander is coming back to Detroit Lake after a ringing success in 2022.

Alexander, a multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Wimberly, Texas, is heading this year’s Santiam Music Fest, set for 6 – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at Detroit City Park. 

Alexander is a world class studio musician on fiddle, guitar, banjo and bass who has been recording since the age of 6. He served for eight years as a musician and music director for Wayne Newton’s popular Las Vegas show, and he released his first solo album in 2019.

Opening for Alexander in Detroit will be singer/songwriter Tanna Nikole. Alexander is tentatively scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. The concert will feature food offerings and a beer garden. Tickets are free, with special box seats for up to 12 people for $500 available at 

Proceeds benefit the Detroit Wildfire Relief Fund, which works to assist in the rebuilding of the Detroit community and infrastructure. 

2023 Santiam Canyon Stampede Queen Sydney Maurer.Santiam Canyon Stampede
2023 Santiam Canyon Stampede Queen Sydney Maurer.                       Santiam Canyon Stampede

Here is a look at other summer events in the pipeline:

Santiam Stampede: The Stampede, now in its 25th year, has National Professional Rodeo Association events set for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at the Harvest Festival Grounds on Sublimity Road. 

Events start at 7 p.m. both nights, with tickets ranging between $10.50 and $15.50 in advance and $13 – 19 at the gate. The grounds open at 5:45 p.m. and kids 5 and under are free. For more information go to

Santiam Summerfest: The downtown Stayton event is celebrating its 28th year on Saturday, July 30 on Third Avenue. 

The vendor street fair, family fun zone (petting zoo, sports and games) and the big boy toys area (construction, forestry and emergency services equipment) runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with food, beer and live entertainment going from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. No admission is charged, but a $5 donation for an individual and $20 per family is suggested.

New this year is the Santiam SummerFest Fun Run, hosted by Santiam SummerFest and Vault Fitness LLC. The 5K run/3K walk, sponsored by Santiam Hospital, kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Vault Fitness, 370 N Second Ave. Check in is at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 for runners age 12 and older, $10 for runners age 5-12 or $40 per family. Pre-register at

Vendor and food booth applications still are being taken. Email [email protected] or call 503-769-3464.

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