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Estacada Ford cohort encourages artists to float with them

The Estacada Ford Family Foundation's Ford Institute Leadership Program is encouraging local artists to submit design proposals for their mini float for the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.

The float will be constructed around a golf cart and be decorated with natural materials, such as flowers.

Proposals should be based around the theme “excessive celebration” and incorporate the city’s new logo.

“We encourage creative Estacadans and local people that just love Estacada to share their depiction of what makes our little town shine,” the cohort said in a press release.

The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The cohort is excited to be a part of the floral parade.

“It’s just a fabulous opportunity for Estacada to showcase itself to the community,” said cohort member Gloria Polzin. “It’s such a cool gig.”

Cohort member Cari Mayers agreed.

“It’s just going to be the best thing,” she said. “The experience of seeing our float in the parade is going to be great.”

They are looking forward to working on the project with other members of the community and encourage anyone interested to submit a design.

“We’re hoping to get a board range of volunteers around,” Mayers said. “It should be a good community experience.”

Mayers believes the different medium will be interesting to work with.

“It’s an opportunity for something different,” she said. “It’s a really exciting opportunity to be creative. How often do you get the opportunity to build a float?”

Design proposals should be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 30, and the winner will be notified by Feb. 8.

For further information, including application instructions, visit the Facebook page for the project at www.facebook.com/Estacadafloats.

“Please show us your wonderful ideas,” Mayers said.