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Annual Town Party set for Saturday

    June 18, 2003 — Summer heats up in a big way this Saturday in Madras.
    The annual Town Party — sponsored by the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — fills Sahalee Park with action from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
    While the chamber organizes the Town Party, it’s funded through contributions from area businesses as a thank-you to local customers.
    The event includes an afternoon barbecue of a cheeseburger or hot dog with your choice of corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, chips, and potato salad, with ice cream and pop. The barbecue meal is $3.50, and is being served from 3 to 7 p.m., or until supply runs out.
    The Town Party offers a wide variety of events, including kids games (sponsored by Total Communication US Cellular; the Hometown Drug Skate and Bike Ramp area; and a horseshoe tournament, sponsored by Bank of the West. The Ralph’s TV and Appliance Dead Ringer contest will be held in conjunction with the horseshoe tourney.
    The horseshoe tournament cost $15 per two-person team to enter. It starts at 1 p.m. Teams must stop by the chamber office to register. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded.
    Other entertainment includes the East Cascade Telecom/Madras High Cheerleaders Dunk Tank, from 3 to 7 p.m.; and the Madras Pioneer watermelon eating contest at 6:30.
    The Frost Family Band and the Juniper Clickin’ Cloggers will entertain during the day. The Cloggers perform from 3 to 4 p.m. and the Frost Family Bank takes over from 4 to 5 p.m. Have talent yourself? There’s still time to sign up for the Talent Contest. It takes center stage at 5 p.m. The entry fee is just 5. Cash and a trophy await the winner.
    The street dance, to take over in the evening, is sponsored by Bright Wood Corp. It features D.J. Duke Edwards and his Rock and Roll Reunion, and is slated from 8 to 11 p.m.
    The chamber is still taking donations from businesses that wish to contribute to the Town Party as a way to show appreciation for local patronage. There is still time help sponsor the barbecue, for $50, and to volunteer to spend some work time at the food pavilion, Pepsi wagon or other event.
    For further information, contact the chamber at 475-2350.
    Those looking to spend an afternoon enjoying some all-American good times with their friends should definitely hit the park on Saturday.