Spend a fun Day in Damascus

by: Contributed photo Kids of all ages enjoy face painting by Lotta the Clown.

Saturday, July 30, promises to be a day of food, music and fun in Damascus.

The Kiwanis of Damascus/Boring will host the 16th annual Day in Damascus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Damascus Centennial Park, located just off the intersection of Foster Road and Highway 212, behind the fire station.

Admission is free, but people can purchase tickets to such attractions as a climbing wall, a dunk tank, pony-rides, bounce houses, target games, fishing ponds and construction projects.

Musical performers include the Whiskey Hill Jazz Club, a group of music students from the Willamette Valley area, as well as Portland Teen Idols. The idols range in age from 13-18, according to Dennis Gleason of Dark Wing Productions, which produces the singing troupe. Gleason says the teenagers will sing both originals as well as tunes by such artists as Beyoncé, Michael Buble and Lee Greenwood.

Free games include a hunt for candy in the hay, an egg toss and a water-balloon toss, a petting zoo, a dog show, clowns who do face painting and more.

Adults and children can visit the safety fair as well as local artists' and farmers' markets.

If you stick around till 5 p.m., there's a barbecue dinner and music after the event as well. Tickets for the dinner are $10 per adult and $5 for children 10 and younger.

Tammie Milkes, public involvement coordinator for Damascus, says the Day in Damascus draws about 2,000 people annually.

'It's a lot of fun for the whole family,' she says. 'There are several games and activities that are free, so it's economical, too.'

For more information, visit dayindamascus.org.

All proceeds support the Damascus Centennial Park (owned and maintained by the Damascus Civic Club) and other community service activities of Kiwanis, in Damascus and Boring.