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Independence Day in Estacada

Fourth packed with festivities


by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Check out this patriotic pony in the Chamber of Commerce's Fourth of July Parade through downtown Estacada.

by:  ISABEL GAUTSCHI - This elaborately decorated truck was part of the Chamber of Commerces parde through downtown Estacada.What a Fourth it was.

Administrator Connie Redmond called the Estacada Chamber of Commerce’s parade “fantastic.”

With 15 floats; 61 horses, llamas and other furry critters; 41 log trucks, antique cars and other motor vehicles; and one kazoo marching band, Redmond was pretty sure the procession set some sort of record.

by:  ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Parade goers applaud the precession.People lined the streets of the parade route in downtown Estacada, applauding the elaborate floats, massive log trucks, gleaming antique cars, (literally) painted ponies, patriotic llamas, and politicians including State Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-District 39, State Sen. Alan Olsen, R-District 20, and his democratic challenger, former Clackamas County Commissioner Jamie Damon of Eagle Creek.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Parade perk: candy.Kids dove right and left as riders of the floats tossed generous amounts of candy their way.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Daniel Wood competes in the obstacle pole event in the Timber Festival.

After the parade it was off to the Timber Festival at Timber Park.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - And he's off! Cody Henderson makes his way up the pole.“This is probably the best Timber Festival/Fourth of July we’ve seen since the early days of the Timber Festival,” said Sean Drinkwine, president of Estacada Area Community Events, which puts on the festival. “This one really knocked it out of the park.”

While event organizers have yet to tally how many attended the festival, Drinkwine said it’s safe to say people came by the thousands.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Loggers must not get vertigo. Look how high this pole climbing competitor is!At one point, the 20-acre parking area was filled to capacity, Drinkwine said.

There was plenty to hold the crowds’ attention. Numerous vendors, bouncy houses, a beer garden, exotic animals from the nonprofit animal rescue group A Walk on the Wild Side, a “dunk a cheerleader” game, a climbing wall and photo booth formed a perimeter around the Timber Bowl, where the bulk of the logging competitions took place to the delight of the audience.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The 2014 Timber Festival drew thousands to Timber Park to watch the logging competitions. Above: Ben Clark is a contender in the stock saw event.The day’s events concluded with the Big Bang Fireworks show’s pyrotechnic magic.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Cody Powell takes aim, hoping to throw his ax into the bullseye and bust open the beer can there.by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Not only did the non-profit animal rescue group A Walk on the Wild Side bring interesting critters such as a baby tiger, baby wallaby, a python and a skunk... they also brought bouncy houses!



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