- Suzie Ridgway
- Portland Tribune - Features
World's Longest Hot Dog and Bun
Franz Bakery opened its doors in 1906 and in April celebrated its 100th birthday. The facility has grown to become the largest, independently owned bakery in the United States, producing millions of loaves, buns, rolls and cookies each year.
To commemorate its centennial, Franz Bakery has teamed up with Hill Meat Co. of Pendleton to create a 100-foot-long hot dog and bun to break the current Guinness World Record of 57 1/2 feet, set on Aug. 14, 2005, in Bally, Penn., by Conshohocken Italian Bakery and Berks Packing Co.
For the Franz feat, a special pan was constructed and dozens of bakers fed the dough through the bakery's 40-foot oven. Windows of the bakery had to be removed to allow the giant bun outside, where a 40-pound hot dog was carefully nested inside.
Today only, the public can view the the gigantic hot dog and bun. Franz will hand out free (normal-size) hot dogs to gawkers.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. FRIDAY, July 7, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Avenue, 503-223-1613, www.pioneercourthousesquare.org, free
Portland Historic Races
This fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Association, sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts, features 250 vintage cars. The historic races allow visitors to get close to these amazing machines and the racing crews via an 'open paddock,' where cars are prepared for the race.
America's first sports car, the Corvette, will be the featured vehicle, along with legendary Corvette driver Dick Guldstrand serving as the event's grand marshal.
Activities include a paddock celebration of the 50-year history of the British roadster Allard, along with Vmoto vintage motorcycle racing, a kid zone, food, beverages and a vendor midway.
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, July 7-9, Portland International Raceway, West Delta Park, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., 503-823-7223, www.portlandhistorics.com, $10 Friday, $25 Saturday, $25 Sunday, or $40 three-day pass, free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult, parking is an additional $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass
The Oregon Zoo's walk-through butterfly aviary allows visitors to surround themselves with 450 butterflies from 20 Central and South American species, including royal blues, Aglaura olivewings, Costa Rica clearwings and false malachites.
In addition to butterflies, the summer-only exhibit also features 3,900 trees, as well as more than 80 plant varieties.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Sept. 4, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, www.oregonzoo.org, $6.50-$9.50 zoo admission, free for children age 2 and under, exhibit is an additional $2 per person, $1 parking per car
Oregon Country Fair
For free spirits of all ages, the Oregon Country Fair is an event you should attend during your lifetime.
Live rock, folk, reggae, world beat, hip-hop and acoustic music, as well as spoken word, vaudeville acts and other various forms of self-expression are offered on 15 large and small stages throughout the weekend. Wandering performers include the Yard Dogs Road Show, Melvin Seals and JGB, Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue, Kan'Nal, David Jacobs-Strain, Scott Huckaby and many others.
Plenty of food, dancing, handmade crafts, kids' activities and educational displays can be enjoyed throughout the fair's magical, wooded surroundings.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, July 7-9, Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, 541-343-4298, www.oregoncountryfair.org, $14-$20 daily admission (no onsite ticket sales), $40 three-day pass, children 10 and under free with paying adult, $5 parking; available through TicketsWest: 224-8499, www.ticketswest.com, subject to service charges
The Night Ride
Two thousand night riders in crazy costumes and/or their best pajamas will take to the city streets this weekend on a well-marked, 15-mile, moonlit course, a benefit for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, sponsored by the Bike Gallery.
The mostly flat ride will take bicyclists past reveling partygoers, fire jugglers, bagpipes and drums, to a disco party rest stop and then a midnight all-you-can-eat doughnut feast.
Prizes including passes to Mountain Bike Oregon, The Portland Century and the Hottest Day of the Year Ride, along with helmet accessories, will be awarded for best get-ups. Glow necklaces will be given to all.
Registration 8 p.m., ride leaves 9 p.m. SATURDAY, July 8, across the street from Union Station at the intersection of Northwest Broadway and Glisan Street, 503-459-4508, www.thenightride.com, $25 registration