by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Estacadas Fourth of July celebration is one of its biggest draws.In discussing the many attractions to this year’s Fourth of July festivities, Estacada Area Community Events President Sean Drinkwine and founding member Dan Skoog revealed a “by the people, for the people approach.”

“We do what the people want because we’re an open event,” Drinkwine said. “It’s open to everyone, no matter what you believe.”

“Except you have to believe in the Fourth of July,” Skoog said with a laugh. “(But) we’re secular and nonpartisan.”

This year’s events are diverse and designed to draw a diverse group of people.

After the Chamber of Commerce’s parade, the Timber Festival competitions will commence at 2 p.m.

The competitions will be held on either side of the festival grounds, and there will be a whole lot of fun activities in between.

In sync with the family friendly focus of the celebrations, there will be a blow-up play structure, petting zoo, clown and antique military equipment brought by the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe.

Sometime during the three-day celebration, Life Flight is expected to land a helicopter on the field.

The adults will get to enjoy a beer garden set up near the remote control car racetrack.

The racetrack is a new feature this year that includes jumps, hills and water.

Of course, the lawn mower races will again take place this year.

A wide variety of vendors will be at the festival grounds offering arts and crafts, Thai food, tacos, hamburgers, sandwiches, coffee, corn on the cob and more.

The Sandy Police, Community Events, NAPA auto parts, RConnects and Cascade Rigging are just a few of the organizations and businesses that will have booths.

At the close of the Timber Festival, the crowds will be entertained by live music.

Crazy Train is the headliner act. They’ll perform at 8:30 p.m. July 4.

Then, of course, there’s the Big Bang Fireworks show at 10 p.m.

And the fun is not limited to Independence Day.

Yes, the Timber Festival competitions are only on July 4, but July 5-6 will have comedians, live music, vendors and the beer garden.

Skoog pointed out that the festivities are thanks to community and volunteer support.

“This is probably one of the last small town sponsored events. The whole town steps up,” he said.

He explained that “hard costs” such as insurance, security, Porta Potty rental fees, fireworks, administration costs, phones, lumber, fencing and maintenance run around $62,000.

But without the donations of equipment, services and expertise the celebration would cost at least three times as much.

Skoog and Drinkwine had trouble listing all of the volunteers.

Local developer Michael Park donated the use of his property for the festival grounds.

The Timber Lake Job Corps has volunteered to help the event run smoothly.

Drug-Free Estacada Families and Youth will run the parking gate.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Estacada has volunteered to help clean the event grounds after the celebration.

And that’s just to name a few of the volunteers.

“For us, it’s one of our biggest events,” Drinkwine said. “It’s a giant draw.”

Drinkwine and Skoog are expecting people to attend the celebrations by the thousands.

Aside from the $10 parking fee on the festival grounds, the celebrations are free to attend.

“It’ll be a three-ring circus,” Skoog promised.

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