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Sandy offers event with old-fashioned family fun

Sponsored by the city of Sandy and Sandy Kiwanis, the Family Fun Festival is Aug. 13

Especially in its centennial year, the city of Sandy is focused on festivals and celebrations.

The latest event on the city's agenda will offer loads of fun for the younger set, but also there is something to attract adults, said Carol Cohen, the city's event coordinator.

In the Family Fun Festival, Cohen emphasizes activities for kids. Sandy Bluff Park is large, and activities can be spread out to give ample space for each one.

'This is a great day for the kids,' she said. 'They can do everything from rock climbing to fly fishing. And there'll be lots of food.'

The second year of what is destined to become an annual affair will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The park is at 36801 Goldenrain St., off Bluff Road.

Cohen invites families to come and spend the day at the park. Activities that interest kids at the festival include a rock-climbing wall, face painting, caricatures, balloon artist, fly fishing in the pond, archery, slip-and-slide, Frisbee golf, bouncy castle and a raised track for bicycles (called a ladder).

'It's advantageous for parents to attend,' Cohen said, 'because they can find out about (kids') programs offered in this area.'

Informational booths, which also include hands-on activities, will include eight to 10 different (mainly private) schools, the public library, Clackamas County Tourism Department, a dentist, Mt. Hood Athletic Club and AntFarm as well as others on topics such as recreation, health and safety.

Vendors who will have items for sale include some from the Sandy Saturday Market and some from the Sandy Mountain Festival. Lots of food also will be available.

On the main stage, Cohen has scheduled storytimes and martial arts as well as music and Zumba dancing.

And Lizard Man.

'If you don't have anything to do on Saturday (Aug. 13), you should bring your kids,' Cohen said, 'because your kids are going to be very busy and very active.'

Things to know

The Family Fun Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in Sandy Bluff Park, which is accessed from Bluff Road near the Jonsrud Viewpoint by turning west on Green Mountain Street, then north on Jewelberry, then west on Goldenrain.

For more information, call 503-668-5569.