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Summerfest and the livin's easy

Troutdale celebrates 44 years of music, food and family fun -


OUTLOOK PHOTO - Zoey, 7, shows off the high kick she learned at World Champion Tae Kwondo.The lack of sun couldn’t stop Troutdale from making a splash during Saturday’s Summerfest celebration. A full morning of activities kicked off early, featuring a pancake breakfast in Mayor’s Square, a short cruise-in of classic cars, the Get a Life Marching band and the community parade at 10:30 a.m.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Reynolds High School Theatre gave a sneak preview of the November musical, Big Fish, outside of Glen Otto Park. Afterward, the crowd gathered in Glenn Otto Park for games, food and other family fun. Wristbands were available for purchase for $5, which allowed visitors to take part in activities such as face painting, mad science experiments and pony rides. Boy Scouts Troop 174 grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the hungry parade-goers.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Troutdale gymnasts wave to the crowd in the morning's parade celebration.One highly anticipated event was the dunk tank, made possible by a partnership between the Reynolds High School Key Club and Mt. Hood Aquatic Staff.

Volunteers from the Aquatic Staff, as well as members of the Troutdale City Council, waited in the hot seat for the crowd to take their best shots.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Celeste, of Mystique Fancy Faces, painted flowers, superheroes and cats at the Summer Fest. “What good is it if they don’t get in the water?” joked Sylvia Maly, of the Troutdale Kiwanis and West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. Maly said the funds raised in Summerfest are returned to Key Club in the form of a scholarship.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Rob Jones, of Gresham, volunteered for the Dunk Tank, made possible by Reynolds High Key Club and Mt. Hood Community College aquatic staff. City Councilor Dave Ripma went first, and was dunked more than a dozen times in 15 minutes. Some of his fellow councilors and others took their turns dunking Ripma the old-fashioned way, with a soft ball.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Penelope V. Pendragon posed outside of the wishing wagon. Younger constituents were allowed to go up and push the button by hand. Councilors Corey Brooks, Rich Allen and Glenn White were also dunked.

Ripma said, if asked, he would do it again next year. “It was great fun. It could have been a warmer day, but perfect for the Summerfest.”

He later added that the experience was “very refreshing.”

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Al Kader Shriners have the most fun helping kids in Troutdale.Another popular booth was the wish wagon, supervised by real-life forest fairy Penelope V. Pendragon, who travels the state in her wagon, inviting fair-goers to whisper a wish into magical portals.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office visited Summerfest to meet members of the community, and raise awareness for the Citizen’s Police Academy. Officer Steve Alexander said the event is always a good time.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Nicole Brown, center, is Troutdale's youth of the month.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Fish were jumping and the mood was high at the Troutdale Summer Fest, where kids could find face paint, pony rides, three-legged races and food.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - The Summer Fest, at Glen Otto Park, was a dog-friendly event, much to the delight of this friendly dog.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Troutdale Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were out on the town during Saturday's Summer Fest parade.