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Weather messes with annual events


Normally dry fundraisers got September surprise

The rainiest September on record didn’t just drive people inside and drench those who ventured out. It hit the pocketbooks of groups who planned outdoor events, including some big annual fundraisers.

n The Lions Run/Walk for Sight Saturday, Sept. 21, escaped serious damage, drawing about as many participants as last year, despite cloudy skies and a competing optometry conference that drew many students away, said organizer Belinda Petshow. The run at Pacific University raised about $8,000 for community health efforts.

n That same day, the Chalk Art Festival in Forest Grove got a few sun breaks, but still had enough rain to scare some participants away from the easily washed-off medium. Festival organizer Roylene Read said people reserved 360 sidewalk squares last year, but only 342 this year — some of which remained empty. The lower attendance and a little less grant funding might result in fewer or smaller scholarships for art students, Read said.

n Thanks to a chilly, wet Sunday, Sept. 22, the annual Corn Roast fundraiser for the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce raised only half as much money as last year, according to Executive Director Howard Sullivan. Much of the four tons of corn donated for this year’s roast was given away.

n High winds and rains set in hard Saturday, Sept. 28, which was a surprise to organizers of the 40th anniversary celebration for Murphy’s Furniture in Cornelius. Their outdoor celebration and concert moved inside, where Eyes of a Child performed its tribute to the Moody Blues in front of a smaller-than-expected crowd.

n Wind and rain Sunday, Sept. 29, probably dropped Historic Homes Tour attendance by about 100, estimated Linda Lewis of the Friends of Historic Forest Grove. Still, nearly 170 people braved the storm to check out the annual event. Tour-goers had the option of driving the route and stepping inside homes after taking off their shoes, Lewis said.