Summerfest and the livin's easy
Troutdale celebrates 44 years of music, food and family fun -
The lack of sun couldnt stop Troutdale from making a splash during Saturdays Summerfest celebration. A full morning of activities kicked off early, featuring a pancake breakfast in Mayors Square, a short cruise-in of classic cars, the Get a Life Marching band and the community parade at 10:30 a.m.
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.
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.
What good is it if they dont 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.
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.
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.
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 Sheriffs Office visited Summerfest to meet members of the community, and raise awareness for the Citizens Police Academy. Officer Steve Alexander said the event is always a good time.