Uproar over possible demise of Mountain Festival Parade bands community together
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When Stan Pulliam heard rumors that one of his favorite Sandy traditions could be in jeopardy last June, he acted quickly, creating the 'Save the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade' Facebook page -- a group that grew to 600 members within several days.
'It was really special to see the community galvanize so quickly for something that brings us together each year,' Pulliam said.
A miscommunication last spring among the Sandy Mountain Festival Association, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Sandy led the committee to believe 2011 would be the last year of the parade in its traditional form, all stemming from rising costs and a dire need for more volunteers.
The city of Sandy, on its website, asked readers to offer ideas in a survey for this year's 40th festival and posed the alternative of a smaller children's parade.
Discussion at a city council meeting last June culminated with overwhelming agreement to continue the large parade, but city and festival representatives agreed the future of the big event hinged on funding and a groundswell of dedicated volunteers.
Vicky Mills, Mountain Festival president, said this year the parade route will continue in its traditional form, but move to Pioneer instead of Proctor Boulevard. She feels optimistic about the future of the parade, and saw many more volunteers last year than in previous years.
When it comes to donations, Mills said the festival committee was opening a bank account strictly for parade funds that would go toward the Oregon Department of Transportation fee, and defray the costs to the police department and city. All together, Mills said these costs total about $10,000.
'2012 is the Sandy Mountain Festival's 40th anniversary,' Mills said. 'The committee seeks additional events to help in celebrating 40 fabulous festivals. Because the festival is usually the second full weekend in July, there is an additional weekend between the Mountain Days kickoff July 4 and the end of the Mountain Festival Sunday, July 15.'