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Summer heat broils Summer Fest

Second annual event still brings in $3,000 for St. Anthony's food bank

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTOS: DIANA WUERTZ - Anela Gaumond (right) prepares for a pie-eating contest at Summer Fest last Sunday while Maggie Schlag looks on.The heat may have kept some people away, but organizers are estimating the second annual Summer Fest celebration at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Forest Grove Aug. 10 still raised about $3,000 (nwet total) for the parish’s food bank program.

That’s about $800 less than last year, matching the dip in attendance from 800 visitors last year to about 600 this year.

“The event got bigger and better but the attendance was much less than expected,” said organizer Becky Pettit, who blames the smaller crowd on the weather, which peaked at 97 degrees around 3 p.m.The 4-H Wagon Train set up an interactive display including this saddle where people could perch and practice roping a dummy cows head (not pictured), with advice from a staff member.

“Attendees did not eat as much and only stayed if they could find shade,” she said, noting that the beverage-stocked hospitality tents set up by St. Bede’s Episcopal Church were constantly full.

“We had to start shutting down about 4 p.m. due to safety of the volunteers, attendees and vendors,” she said.

Young dancers twirled their colorful costumes on this Summer Fest stage last Sunday as St. Anthonys Catholic Church raised about $3,000 for its food bank.In addition to food, music and sports, Summer Fest included an interactive 4-H Wagon Train display, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, a bounce castle, games, wine-tasting, dancing, reptiles and a Forest Grove Police booth where people could chat with officers, climb inside a patrol car or have their photos taken behind fake jail bars.

“The good news is that the people who braved the heat had a great time,” Pettit said.

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