Weekend features racing, carnivals, music, fireworks
With the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association's first annual Pacific Coast Open lawn mower race highlighting this year's Estacada Fourth of July Big Bang Fun Festival, the entire weekend will be 'mow' fun for the entire family.
Mower races will commence at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, and will continue on Sunday, July 3, with the races open to all ages and experience levels.
This year, Mini Bang fireworks shows will be on Saturday, Sunday as well as the Big Bang on Monday at 10 p.m. so everyone will have a chance to see fireworks. This year's Big Bang Festival will be a five-day event, with five days of admission to the festival's carnival free. The two days of lawn mower racing, live music, beer garden, food, craft vendors and evenings of fireworks cost $5 until 9 p.m. (ages 13 and up). On the final day of the celebration on July 4, admission to more live music, beer, food and vendors and the Big Bang show at 10 p.m. will be by donation.
The Estacada Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the Fourth of July Parade with the theme for this year's parade being 'Mow Across America.'
The Racers will be 'cutting in' with their mowers so don't forget to come watch. The Grand Marshal for this year's parade is the Timberlake Job Corps Center. The staff and students from Timberlake have volunteered at numerous community events. Asking them to be Grand Marshal for the parade is just a small way to say thank you to them.
The parade will depart the high school parking lot at noon, travel down Main St., turn on Fourth St. back up Broadway and disband at River Mill Elementary School.
Parade applications are available from the chamber website, estacadachamber.org, or Estacada Area Community Events website Estacada4thofjuly.com. Applications must be received by July 1.
Entries must be in place by 10:30 a.m. to be judged.
To be in the parade you must be in place by 11 a.m. For the first time the Chamber is charging an entry fee. Animals entered in the parade will be charged $2 per animal. Fees will be used to hire a pooper-scooper to clean up the parade route and the staging areas. Contact the Chamber office at 503-630-3483 with any questions concerning the parade.