A rip-roarin fair weekend

by: Vern Uyetake West Linn volunteer Mike Watters said he loves helping out his community through projects such as his efforts at the McLean House, pictured here. Watters will serve as parade grand marshal on Saturday.

With food vendors, live music, competitions, princesses and more, West Linners will get a lion's share of fun at the 55th Annual Old Time Fair this weekend. The festivities kick off at Willamette Park, 1100 12th St., starting with the announcement of this year's Old Time Fair queen at 6 p.m. tomorrow and continue through Sunday night.

Make sure to attend the parade Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when long-time volunteer and resident Mike Watters will serve as grand marshal.

'I think it's a nice honor, and I really appreciate the thought,' Watters said. 'I'm glad others consider volunteerism as a leisure activity and recognize it as a way to give back to the community.'

Watters' past is punctuated by his many community outreach endeavors. He was among the first Oregon State University graduates with a degree in therapeutic recreation, and since then has gone on to serve the community through a multitude of organizations - such as the West Linn Lion's Club - businesses and events. He brings to each project a certain contagious, childlike affability.

'Play is the essence of what I philosophically believe in,' he said. 'It is the essence of having people relax, get into a leisure mode and really enjoy themselves.'