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Estacada Ford Leadership Cohort puts final touches on float

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PAULINA MENCHACA - The float's waterfall, pictured here, will feature blue delphiniums during the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 11.The Estacada Ford Leadership Cohort is almost ready to float into Portland.

On Friday, June 10, the cohort will put the finishing touches on their mini float for the Grand Floral Parade in the Portland Rose Festival. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 11.

The float, designed by artists Brenda Scott and Kerrie Hubbard, celebrates the city’s art scene and proximity to nature. It features a waterfall, campfire, tent, mushrooms and fish. Festival rules dictate that the majority of the float must be covered in organic material, so the float is being decorated with coconut dyed in different colors, rice, flaxseed, moss and flowers.

Estacada’s efforts caught the attention of KPTV, who interviewed cohort members about their project on Friday, May 29.

The segment features Scott, Hubbard and Estacada’s mayor Brent Dodrill, who discuss their involement with the project and the role that the Ford Family Foundation plays in town.

“I’m really thankful they chose us to be featured,” Dodrill said. “Any opportunity we have to showcase Estacada in a positive way is all good.”

Cohort memeber Gloria Polzin was excited as well.

“It’s always a good day when outsiders recognize how fabulous we are,” she said. “We work hard to make our community great.”

With the parade only several days away, the cohort is busy with final preparations.

The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature full-sized floats, mini floats, marching bands, equestrian units and more. The parade’s 4.2-mile route begins at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and ends in downtown Portland. Estacada’s float is a part of the parade’s seventh segment and is number 72.

A group from the cohort will arrive in Portland at 5 a.m. June 11 to set the float up.

In addition to the debut of the Estacada float, Polzin is also excited to see all of the other floats in the parade.

“It’s really neat to get up close to the floats, and see what they’re all really made of,” Polzin said.

The celebration isn’t limited to Portland. Clackamas River Growlers, 367 S.E. Main St., and The Mason Jar, 360 Broadway St., will host viewing events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 to watch the televised parade.

Dodrill has attended the parade several times, including as a high school student in Colorado, when his marching band participated in the event. He’s excited about Estacada’s participation.

“Estacada is taking the big stage,” Dodrill said. “We’re going to present ourselves to Portland, and the world.”

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