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Boring Celebration is far from boring

Boring's awash with activities, and its annual event will build a park playground


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BRIAN PASKO PHOTOGRAPHY - In this water balloon toss game, participants risk taking a shower in public, but that risk is half of the fun at this Boring Celebration activity — one of many designed to bring smiles to all who celebrate the arrival of fall.There’s much to celebrate in Boring this year.

Last year, the Boring community celebrated The Year of the Park because that was the year the Boring Station Trailhead Park was completed.

This year, Boring residents, all of their friends and people who want to be their friends will celebrate The Year of the Trail to remember the paving of the final 2 miles of the Springwater Trail into the park in downtown Boring.

Time to celebrate, again

The annual Boring Celebration also will take notice of this past year, when the community was recognized worldwide in its successful quest to pair with Dull, Scotland.

Also noteworthy is the fact the Clackamas County Commissioners, the Oregon Legislature, Gov. John Kitzhaber and the U.S. House of Representatives all recognized Aug. 9 as Boring and Dull Day in perpetuity.

When Sunday, Sept. 8, rolls around, Boring again will begin to celebrate the arrival of fall with an activity that is expected to raise about $30,000 to pay for the installation of enough play equipment for the park to keep every local child happy.

The Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park organize the celebration each year with a specific goal to achieve.

This year, the Friends will host 2,500 to 3,000 people at the free-admission, free-parking event, held on the fields between the two Boring public schools, just north of Dee Street and east of School Avenue.

Activities galore

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BRIAN PASKO PHOTOGRAPHY - The Eastwind Percherons take an easy pace as they pull each wagonload of people around the many acres of the two Boring school campuses, where the Boring Celebration is held each year.There is a wide choice of games to play, including goat poop bingo, egg toss, dunk tank, water balloon toss, candy in the hay, bouncy house and rock climbing wall.

Firefighters will have their own game — it’s called water ball, a game started in the 1970s, when firefighters competed statewide in the game of water ball, a great spectator sport.

When celebration visitors become hungry, Gary Powell of Pub 212 in Damascus will serve a great $5 lunch. All proceeds from this lunch will be given to the Friends to help pay for park improvements. There will be lots of food vendors at the event.

Besides food and carnival games, there are 32 community organizations and businesses, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hoodview Academy, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and Clackamas County Parks. In addition, there should be 22 food and craft vendors.

If this isn’t enough for a Sunday afternoon, the air around Boring will carry the country sounds of Joe Shinkle and the 99 West Band from 10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

By 1 p.m., The Pranksters 17-piece jazz band will be ready to perform until 4 p.m., with singer Claudia Knauer belting out the songs with a passion to entertain.

Anyone who becomes bored in Boring with all these activities should ride around the community in a wagon pulled by the Eastwind Percheron draft horses. Their children will lose their boredom by riding a pony.

If more interesting activities are needed to round out an afternoon in a community full of friendly people, simply wander a few feet to the north and see the classic car and motorcycle show, where about 100 showroom-shiny vehicles of earlier decades are on display alongside their owners’ beaming smiles.

Anyone who wants to show their pride and joy on two or four wheels (1980 or older) can enter the classic car show for $15 and get a free lunch and a chance at one of 22 prizes, goodie bags and dash plaques along with raffle prizes every hour.

For information or to register for the car show, visit celebrationinboring.com.