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Mountain Festival pays tribute to pioneer spirit

Parking spots may be tight downtown on July 9-10 as visitors from surrounding communities flock to Sandy in order to take part in the 2011 Sandy Mountain Festival.

The annual event at Meinig Park plays host to a variety of regional artwork and entertainment.

Some artists have been known to come from as far as California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Washington in order to display their work at the annual festival.

'Every year we try to include new artists,' festival President Vicky Mills said. 'But a lot of times people come back just to see the same artists every year.'

This year Mills expects about 35 percent of the 150 or so artists to be newcomers, and that the city of Sandy can expect at least 50,000 people to pass through thanks to the festival, local citizens or not.

The festival will feature a juried art show as well as two stages for entertainment and more than 20 food booths.

But there's plenty more to do.

CARNIVAL: This year's carnival will change locations. Look for the thrill rides in the vacant lot next to the Big Apple between Pioneer and Proctor boulevards. The carnival opens on Thursday, July 8, after the evening parade. It also will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

PARADE: The theme of the parade is 'Sandy Celebrates 100 Years of Pioneer Spirit,' in recognition of the centennials of parade sponsor Clackamas County Bank and the city of Sandy. During the parade, watch for horses, antique cars, floats and the festival's Five Generation Court as they march and roll along Proctor Boulevard starting at 7 p.m. July 7. Many spectators stake out their spaces days in advance in order to ensure prime viewing.

KID'S PARADE: Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. July 8 on the lawn at Sandy Grade School. Children are invited to dress up in creative outfits. Entertainment will be available. The parade starts at noon.

PET SHOW: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, behind the Sandy Aquatic Center.

BIKE DERBY: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Cedar Ridge Middle School track.

Refreshments will be available at each event for all participants.