Pioneer Family Festival kicks off this weekend
This weekend, the Oregon City Optimist Club will transform Oregon City's Clackamette Park into the 20th annual Pioneer Family Festival.
All of the profits will go to support the club's funding of youth programs such as the Oregon City High School's Drug and Alcohol Free Grad Party and the Oregon City Public Library's Summer Reading Program.
This year visitors will enjoy some of the annual Pioneer Family Festival favorites including one of Oregon City's signature events, the Teddy Bear Parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, on Main Street, starting at the 10th Street intersection. The huge carnival and midway presented by Davis Shows Northwest will open at 2 p.m. Friday, May 19.
Oregon City's annual skateboard competition will be at noon Saturday, May 20, presented by Xtreme Amateur Games at the skate park. A scooter competition follows the skateboarders on May 20, and the BMX competition will be at noon May 21.
"Visitors will also be invited to enjoy great food from one of the many food vendors, while listening to informative speakers, special guests and many great entertainment acts on the festival's Main Stage at Clackamette Park for all to enjoy throughout the weekend," said festival coordinator Rebekah Burton.
A wide variety of commercial booths, craft vendors and nonprofit organizations will be set up throughout the park. Food vendors this year will offer cotton candy, kettle corn, Royal Cuisine (serving Polish sausage, hot dogs, corn dogs) and Tony's Fresh Fruit and Mexican Food (burritos, nachos, tamales, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and corn on the cob).
Main Stage bands will include Tribe of the Outcast, The Afternooners, Eric Sugar Larsen, Monica Nelson & The Highgates, My Siamese Twin, The Decliners and Rascal Miles. For the complete entertainment schedule and more information about the festival, go to pioneerfamilyfestival.com.
Near the entertainment stage at Clackamette Park look for the rock-climbing wall provided by "It's Party Time." Participants of all ages are invited to try their climbing skills.
In the Euro Bungy Jump attraction, customers are harnessed to bungee cords that are controlled by hand-operated winches so they can jump as high as they want off a trampoline. Road Warrior Paintball also will be a part of the attractions this year.
Teddy Bear Parade
The Teddy Bear Parade collects new stuffed animals for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency rooms, children's hospitals and women's shelters in Clackamas County. These stuffed animals are then distributed to children who face a crisis — whether it is domestic violence, fire or a medical problem — so they have a teddy bear to cling to in a time of need.
The 20th annual Teddy Bear Parade on May 20 is a one-hour processional over a 1.10-mile route to Clackamette Park. This year the parade is sponsored by the Oregon City Lions Club, Clackamas Amateur Radio Emergency Service, and the Oregonians Credit Union.
Ashley Naber of Oregon City will be the parade's grand marshal. The 23-year-old has been competing in Special Olympics for more than a dozen years and represented the United States in cross-country skiing in Austria.
"Special Olympics has given me the opportunity to participate in sporting events that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to do," Naber said.
For more information about the parade, go to octeddybearparade.com.