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Have fun at Lock Fest Saturday

Riverboat transportation was an important advancement in early days on the Willamette River.

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The annual Lock Fest celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and this year, the activities are spread among many locations.

The annual celebration, organized by the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, supports efforts to reopen the locks on the Willamette River at West Linn. The events will take place at Locks Park, at the bottom of West Linn’s Mill Street, adjacent to West Linn Paper Company on the Willamette River; at McLean House, 5350 River St. in West Linn; at Jon Storm Park just south of Clackamette Park on Clackamette Drive; and at the Blue Heron Mill site in Oregon City.

Activities include heritage, informational and advocate booths, a full day of musical entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities. The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is sponsoring heritage jetboat rides from Oregon City’s Jon Storm Park dock to Lake Oswego, where 12 heritage sites will be pointed out in the Lake Oswego area. Other jetboat tours will travel from the Jon Storm Park dock to the locks and Willamette Falls. There is a fee for the jetboat tours.

Attendees can also take free kayak tours of Willamette Falls, leaving from Westbridge Park in West Linn. Tours of the historic Blue Heron Mill site in Oregon City and the West Linn Paper Company across the river in West Linn are available throughout the day, with pre-registration available at willamettefalls.org.

A Heritage Geocaching Challenge will begin at 9 a.m. with a kickoff at Jon Storm Park. The first 300 geocachers who find at least seven of 10 hidden caches and submit their entries with specific word clues will receive a commemorative geo coin.

Guest speakers will celebrate 125 years of papermaking in West Linn at noon on Lock Fest’s main stage. After the ceremony, festival-goers can partake of a huge celebration cake and then walk or ride a shuttle to the McLean House, where art and gardening booths, children’s activities, raffles and food vendors will continue through 4 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events, go to willamettefalls.org.

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