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Oregon River Games IV to open 100th Rose Festival

Oregon River Games IV is scheduled for May 4-6 and is the featured kick-off event for the Portland Rose Festival's 100th anniversary.

Oregon River Games IV is scheduled for May 4-6 and is the featured kick-off event for the Portland Rose Festival's 100th anniversary.

Oregon River Games is an annual event for the entire river community which includes several river-related activities and events.

Participants either camp out at the many US Forest Service campgrounds or commute from the surrounding area to the Upper Clackamas River, about 15 miles upriver from Estacada.

Oregon River Games conducts its activities from ORG Center at Carter Bridge (not Carver) where most of the whitewater races take place.

The first event, however, is a kayak event that takes place on Friday on Canyon Creek in Washington. Promontory Park, about four miles upriver from Estacada, is where wake boarders compete and Kid's Fishing Day takes place on Saturday. About three more miles upriver, you will find the Bob's Hole Rodeo, a kayak freestyle competition taking place on Saturday.

The other events take place between mile post 41 and Carter Bridge:

RACES

ARMED FORCES CUP-A raft race for military personnel sponsored by Shilo Inns. Professional river guides captain our servicemen, giving them a chance to compete.

BOATER CROSS RACES-For hard shell kayaks, inflatable kayaks, rafts and, cat-a-rafts. Another great spectator event as the boats in this event run three at a time head-to-head.

CLACKAMAS CUP-A class 4 whitewater race for Oregon's own drift boats. This is one of the most exciting spectator whitewater races that organizers can imagine.

GUIDE'S CUP-An R-3 (three-person) race for professional river guides in a 14-foot raft. The rivalry is real!

THE MEDIA CUP-For members of the media and civic organizations. Rafts and guides can be provided. Last year's event was won by members of the staff of the Portland Rose Festival.

THE OREGON CUP AND BOB'S HOLE RODEO-This is Oregon's premier kayaking event, in its 26th year, and its second partnered with Oregon River Games. The race on Canyon Creek and the Bob's Hole Rodeo make up the event leading to the awarding of the nationally known Oregon Cup.

HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL-A race for high school students in which ORG provides rafts and professional river guides (who volunteer their time to introduce these high school kids to rafting) to insure a safe and fun time to the future of rafting.

This race was stared last year when 4 teams entered, including teams from Oregon City, Hillsboro and Aloha high schools. One more team (Venture Crew 360) entered from Snohomish, Wash. Approximately 22 high school students participated.

This year there are, at this point, 11 confirmed teams and several more who want to find a way to get involved.

Teams committed this year are: Hillsboro, Oregon City, Sandy, Clackamas, Venture Crew 360, La Grande, Franklin, Sisters and Venture Crew 581 from Banks.

ORG is actively looking for a sponsor to cover the costs of racing for high school teams.

ORG also provided two rafting camps last year: one on the Deschutes and one on the Clackamas River at McIver. During the camp the preps got a chance to get their feet wet as they learned to paddle as a team and swim rapids, and practiced rescues with throw ropes.

RIVER BOARD RACES-This extreme whitewater event is another one great for spectators.

ROSE FESTIVAL CUP -Paddle Teams earn points for the West Coast Rafting Championship.

SOTAR CUP-This is the award for the outstanding participant in this year's event. Based upon races entered and standings in those events.

UNIVERSITY CUP-A race for collegiate teams to challenge their rivals.

VAL'S VOLLEY BALL-Skilled cat-a-rafters play keep-away with a very oversized tether ball. It was developed by Val Shaull.

OTHER EVENTS ON SATURDAY MAY 5

DUTCH OVEN COOK-OFF-The St Helens Chapter of the Dutch Oven Society presents a D.O.G. and provides a great dutch oven demonstration and stages a cook-off.

KIDS DAY FISHING-Kids under 14 catch and keep or release trout stocked in Small Fry Lake at Promontory Park.

WAKE BOARD COMPETITION-This event will take place at Promontory Park on Saturday, May 5.

VOLLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

You can be part of planning and staging the Oregon Rivers Games. If you are interested in joining the festivities of this rite of spring, contact ORG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the website oregonrivergames.com.

Volunteers receive a T-shirt, lunch each day and are treated to a volunteer weekend with a barbecue and rafting trips down the Clackamas with the promoters of Oregon River Games.

ORG welcomes all rafting groups to share an information booth to attract new members and distribute appropriate literature.

For more information, contact Dan Alsup This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 503-888-0569, or visit www.oregonrivergames.com.