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Planning underway for Troutdale SummerFest

The gradually warming spring weather brings with it the scent of summer traditions. In Troutdale, this means SummerFest planning is well underway.

In its 43rd year, SummerFest Committee Parade Chairman Zach Hudson said the July 18 event is truly a time for community and fun.

“Every year, SummerFest has a different theme,” he said. “Last year is was ‘One Community, Many Cultures,’ and the year before that, it was ‘Celebrate Local History.’ This year’s theme is ‘A Community Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future.’ Parade participants are invited to reflect the theme in their parade entry, and the use of the theme is considered for the parade awards.”

While the parade is a large part of SummerFest, it’s certainly not the only event. Along with live music, food, vendors, petting zoos and bouncy castles, the festival celebrates the Troutdale Citizen of the Year and the Troutdale Youth of the Year.

“(They) are chosen based on their service to the community, leadership and character,” he said. “They have a spot in the parade, and they are honored during the entertainment in the park afterwards.”

With the festival two short months away, the SummerFest Committee is looking for nominations for those honors. Nominations, which are due Saturday, May 30, can be sent to the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, 107 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR 97060, or online at westcolumbiagorgechamber.com.

Hudson said applications for vendors and the parade are also available, with deadlines on July 10 and 11 respectively.


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