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Best Of Lake Oswego fete set

Event will be held Wednesday evening at Millennium Plaza Park

What started out as an anniversary party for the Lake View Village has morphed into a celebration of the Best of Lake Oswego. The first-ever event will take place on Wednesday evening, starting at 5 p.m.

A large tent at Millennium Plaza Park will serve as the focal point for the event. There will be a food pavilion with samples provided by many of the downtown restaurants. There will also be a performance by the Lake Oswego Academy of Dance, the Gallery Without Walls exhibit and speakers.

But organizers hope that attendees will take their time downtown and visit all of the local stores in Lake View Village as well as the First Street boutiques and the A Street Station.

Many of these individual stores will be having individual events and promotions within their premises.

'We want people to wander and be explorers to see what everyone has to offer,' said Debbie Naone of Gramor Development, one of the sponsors of the event, along with Lake View Village, the Lake Oswego Review and Lamb's Palisades Thriftway.

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge sports will also be honored as the community will have an opportunity to congratulate the Laker football team and Pacer boys soccer and lacrosse teams.

Lake Oswego football coach Steve Coury will also be one of the speakers on the evening.

Coury will not only represent the football team but he will also speak about Jeff Young, one of his assistant coaches and former players, who has ALS and writes inspirational letters.

Throughout the evening, raffles will be held for gift baskets featuring items donated by virtually every participating vendor in the downtown area. All proceeds will go to support the Friends of Jeff.

'There will be a basket raffled off every seven minutes. There will be constant winners,' Naone said.

Lake View Village opened four years ago and has been a big success not only for businesses directly within the complex but for downtown as well.

'We looked at the big picture and saw what had been successful. So much is happening in Lake Oswego so we decided to celebrate the best that the city had to offer,' Naone said.

The event will run in the main tent from 5 to 8 p.m. but will continue in the individual stores until they close. If it rains on Wednesday, multiple tents will be set up to shelter attendees.