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Troutdale mayor to 'quick draw,' highlight arts fest

Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust will compete in a quick-draw event to highlight the Fall Festival of the Arts, which takes place in his city as well as Cascade Locks, Friday to Sunday, Oct. 2-4.

The mayor will appear at a press event, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, during which he will draw or paint in an artist's "quick draw" competition against three professional artists in Mayor's Square Park at the corner of Dora Street and Historic Columbia River Highway.

The mayor and the artists will have 15 minutes to create an original work of art, from start-to-finish. West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Claude Cruz will judge the competition.

The festival itself will feature a quick draw competition with some 25 professional artists competing, and also feature wines, food and music.

The Sept. 29 event will also feature a professional pumpkin-carving demonstration by artist Bert Adams as well as examples of paintings and sculpture that will be displayed at the festival this weekend.

For more information, visit fallfestivalofthearts.com.