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Peter in the Woods performs July 4

Estacada's Fourth of July celebration starts with a twang, ends with a Big Bang
by: Barbara Adams, Drummer Jason Haskins and Erick Sturgill on the bass will join Peter in the Woods band member Nick Bailey during the Big Bang celebration concert at Estacada High School July 4.

They joined musical forces on March 6, 2006, and already Estacada's Peter in the Woods has a number of concerts behind them and many more planned for the future.

On July 4 the band will be among 10 musical guests at Estacada's annual Fourth of July Celebration, The Big Bang.

Jason Haskins, Erick Sturgill and Nick Bailey, all 17-years-old and seniors at Estacada High School next fall, will entertain the crowd with their original songs '10,000 Victims,' 'The Wicked and the Free,' and 'The Great Big Shindig.'

The band placed third at the recent Estacada Battle of the Bands held at Estacada Auditorium.

'We're like a hard-rocking band, but you can still move to it,' Haskins said.

'Old meets new. There are a lot of different run-ins with different styles,' Sturgill said.

'It's good driving music,' Haskins said.

The band is now working to find a lead singer. They hope to have the person ready to perform for their July 4 gig.

The music will start at 2:20 p.m. at behind Estacada High School, with SMC Cartage Company. An acoustic set by Sarah Castro will be at 3:05 p.m., and Peter in the Woods is scheduled to take to the stage at 4 p.m.

They will be followed by the Paul Trubachik Trio, belly dancing, Dan Richardson, Young Immortals, and Atypical Theme. At 9:10 the headlining band, Blacklist 40, will perform. Eric Bodreau will play the National Anthem before the fireworks begin at approximately 10 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the Estacada/Clackamas River Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored 'American Story Book Characters, Read, White and Blue' parade will begin at noon. The parade theme is in celebration of the new Estacada Public Library's near completion.

Estacada Area Community Events has expanded the annual Fourth of July event this year to include inflatable rides for the children and more food and craft vendors than ever before. The gates will open at 1 p.m. to the event location, behind Estacada High School and River Mill Elementary. Gates are located at each end of the schools and between the schools. There is a $2 per person suggested donation; $5 for a family of 4.

Estacada Youth Basketball is hosting a three-on-three tournament the same day at the tennis courts behind Estacada High School, for age groups ranging from 9-years-old and up. The tournament will begin at 2 p.m.; the cost is $15 per team.

For more information log onto www.estacada4thofjuly.com or call 503-637-3371.

The Chamber will also pack downtown Estacada with old and new hot rods at the annual Family Fun Rods and Customs car show on Sunday, July 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

Estacada Area Community Events decided to dedicate the fireworks show to Jeremy Loveless, who died in Iraq on Memorial Day, May 29.