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Boring has much to celebrate

The annual event has a multitude of activities to offer to residents, friends
by: KARLA FARR The Pranksters, a small “big band” with lots of enthusiasm, performs at a previous Boring Celebration. In addition to musical entertainment, the annual fundraising event offers lots of food and fun.

Thousands of people will flock to Boring between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

The event is the sixth annual Boring Celebration, which will have a new venue this year.

The athletic fields between the grade and middle schools will play host to a huge variety of activities for all ages and interests. The site is reached from Dee Street, School Avenue or the Springwater Trail.

The reason for the move this year is because work is expected to begin soon on the Boring Station Trailhead Park, and event organizers didn't want to plan an event that might have to move at the last minute, said Karla Farr of the Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

The event includes participation, Farr said, from about 25 community service organizations as well as pony and carriage rides, raffles, prizes, Goat Poop Bingo and other games for children. Funds raised will help pay for the Boring park.

There are free activities for families, and there is no admission charge, said Chris Olson, vice chairman of the Friends of Boring Station Trailhead Park.

Music is by Joe Shinkle and the 99 West Band and the popular Pranksters Big Band. Lunch is available for $5.

Another popular activity is the classic car show. The car show is open to all cars, but the judging for awards will be for those 1977 or older.

This is a fun show, Olson says, with awards for Best Barn Find, Best Horn,  Best Boring Buggy and others, including Best Car classes.

Register for the car show at the event or in advance at boringgrange.com. The entry fee is $15.

Because this event takes place on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, each car-show entrant will receive a commemorative coin, honoring those who died in the attacks.

A special remembrance begins at 12:30 p.m. with the presentation of colors by the Boring Fire District's drum and bagpipe honor guard. In addition, members of the Boring and Clackamas fire districts as well as deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department will be present.

A local vocalist will sing 'God Bless America,' and Jim Erb, pastor of Hollyview Fellowship Church, will deliver a eulogy. The coin will be available for purchase at $10 with all proceeds helping to pay for a new flag pole in the Boring Station Trailhead Park. 

'We are pleased to have members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's SWAT Team and two SWAT vehicles in attendance at the celebration,' Olson said. 'Scrip for the carnival games is 50 cents each, with all the proceeds going to the new Boring Station Trailhead Park. Come and help us celebrate.'