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Find out why thousands COME TO BORING

Annual celebration includes games, vendors, car show and entertainment


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BRIAN PASKO PHOTOGRAPHY - The Pranksters Big Band, with singer Claudia Knauer at the microphone, plays a popular jazz tune during last years Boring Celebration.Come Sunday, Sept. 8, Boring again will celebrate the arrival of fall with an annual activity that aims to raise about $30,000 to pay for the installation of play equipment for the newest Clackamas County park in Boring.

Each year, the celebration is organized by the Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park, with a specific goal.

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

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 have their own game — it’s called water ball, a game started in the 1970s as a great spectator sport.

When celebration visitors become hungry, Gary Powell of Pub 212 in Damascus will serve a $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 carnival games, 32 community organizations and businesses will offer information. In addition, there are nearly two dozen food and craft vendors.

If this isn’t enough entertainment, listen to 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, a 17-piece jazz band, will begin performing, with singer Claudia Knauer belting out songs.

Anyone who becomes bored in Boring with all these activities could ride in a wagon pulled by the Eastwind Percheron draft horses or watch while their children ride 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 with their owners.

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