Fun Run starts off festival at 8 a.m.

The annual Hop Fest Fun Run will be Saturday morning and is attracting runners from around the Willamette Valley.

The North Marion Parents are chairing the event again this year, which will include a 10K run, a 5K run and a 1K for the kids.

Registration can be done in advance by visiting or starting at 7 a.m. the day of the fun run at Rivenes Park. The 5K/10K starts at 8 a.m. and the kids run begins at 9 a.m.

“We’re making sure we have time to finish before the parade starts at 10 a.m.,” said Christi Christenson, who is chairing the fun run this year.

The registration fee for the 5K/10K is $30 and includes a T-shirt.

The cost for the 1K is free, but T-shirts are $10.

North Marion cheerleaders will be volunteering at the run, which already has more than 50 people signed up. Christenson said she plans on having a lot of last-minute signups, bringing the total to around 100 runners.

“A lot of people are trying to get their runs in for the Portland Marathon, so we have people coming from as far as Corvallis to run this,” she said.

Proceeds will go to North Marion Parents, which supports student activities and clubs at the school district.

“With budget cuts, this is one way to help pay for uniforms, supplies, anything they need to continue their group,” explained Christenson.

“North Marion Parents are dedicated to strengthening relationships between the home, school and community.”

Information on parade participation

The parade’s theme this year is “Celebrating our Veterans” and, as a result, there will be many local veterans sharing the role of grand marshal. They will be paraded in both a float and cars, donated by Hubbard Chevrolet. Any veterans who would like to be included can call the fire district 503-981-9454.

Anyone, veteran or not, is encouraged to sign up for the parade, which starts at 10 a.m.

by: SUBMITTED - Parade RouteThe parade route starts on Third Street, loops onto J?Street and then Fifth Street, finishing at the corner of Fifth and A streets.

Registration for the parade begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Third Street and Moonbeam Court. Anyone can sign up and is encouraged to enter with the theme in mind. There will be awards given to certain entrants who follow the parade theme.

Grand prize getaway, glider ride among raffle items this year

Raffle tickets for the 40th annual Hubbard Hop Festival are currently available for purchase.

Grand prizes include a Green Mountain pellet grill, an airplane glider ride for two and a weekend beach house getaway. Door prizes will also be awarded.

Raffle tickets are $1 each, with 3,000 tickets printed.

The winners will be drawn Saturday night at Hop Fest. The winner doesn’t need to be present to win.

To purchase raffle tickets, visit the Hubbard Fire Station at 3161 Second St. or inquire at Hop Fest on July 20 in Rivenes Park.

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