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Car show highlights 2012 Boring Celebration


by: BRIAN PASKO PHOTOGRAPHY - This 1934 Ford, owned by Ron Eby, a member of the Route 26 Cruisers, shone almost as bright as the sun during the classic car show, which was a part of last year's Boring Celebration. The 2012 version of the community's annual festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 8.The odds are pretty good for anyone entering a classic car or motorcycle in Boring’s classic car show, sponsored by the Boring-Damascus Grange.

Entrants to the show will drive home with 23 awards, including the coveted best car in each of the decades from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Only cars and motorcycles older than 1980 are allowed to enter, and they don’t need to look like they just left the showroom of their year of manufacture.

There are some awards that draw more laughs than oohs and aahs. For example, it doesn’t bring a lot of prestige to be awarded the “best barn find” trophy, and it doesn’t cause a lot of people to hover around your car if you are awarded the “best under restoration” trophy.

“This is not the “Boring Concours de Elegance,” said Chris Olson of Boring. “We want this to be a fun show, and everyone is welcome to enter. The entry fee is $10 for each vehicle, and it is easiest to register the day of the show.”

Registration begins at 10 a.m., Olson said. Vehicles will be displayed on the grass-covered athletic fields between the two Boring schools on Dee Street.

The car show is just one of the activities or games that will be found by the 3,000 expected guests at the annual event that started as a fundraiser to build the Boring Station Trailhead Park, which can be seen completed a short distance southeast of the schools.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Pranksters Big Band features 18 members who will jump, jive and wail at the Celebration in Boring on Sept. 8.Because of the county park’s completion and the community’s appreciation of that gift from the county to the Boring area, this year’s celebration has been dubbed “The Year of the Park.”

Ed Teachout will act as master of ceremonies for the event, which also includes farmers market vendors, carnival games, catered Mexican food and a barbecue, two bands (one plays country music and one is a big jazz band), carriage rides pulled by draft horses, pony rides for the kids, a dunk tank, Lotta the Clown and the ever-popular Goat Poop Bingo.

While there are many more attractions such as the bouncy house, rock climbing wall, egg-toss game and sno-cones, other attractions will be described in next week’s Outlook.