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Bagpipes, food to help visitors through Boring and Dull Day

Aug. 9 means socializing, treats, at Boring park

Boring residents celebrate their state-honored partnership with Dull, Scotland, this Sunday, Aug. 9, with an ice-cream social at the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

The third-annual Boring and Dull Day Community Social in the Park is hosted by the Boring, Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit organization with hopes of funding a community center for Boring residents to share.

“It’s a means for the people in Boring to come together as a community,” said Steve Bates, secretary for the Boring, Oregon Foundation. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bagpiper Andrew Schleuter entertains visitors to the Boring Station Trailhead Park at the 2014 Boring and Dull Day celebration.

In 2012, Clackamas County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Aug. 9 as Boring and Dull Day, and in 2013, the state passed a law stating the “Pair for the Ages,” of Boring and Dull would be celebrated every year on that date.

This year the event is being passed to the Boring, Oregon Foundation and will become its annual fundraiser.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, food will be available for purchase at the Boring-Damascus Grange building adjacent to the south entrance of the park.

At 5 p.m., free Tillamook ice cream will be handed out by volunteers from the Boring Community Planning Organization, Hollyview Family Church and the Boring Oregon Foundation at the park’s north entrance.

The program, which will feature Scottish bagpipes and drums played by Rob McKendrick, Olivia Thoroughman and Rob Barrick, as well as entertainment by Ron Ruedi and The Hurricanes, will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Boring resident and Miss Oregon Teen USA Kenna Sloy is expected to make an appearance. Boy Scout Troop 212

will present the colors for a flag salute.

Chairs will be provided for seniors and handicapped visitors. All others should bring chairs or blankets to sit on the grass.

Parking is available on Dee Street, Wally Road or School Avenue and in the Boring Middle School or Naas Elementary parking lots.

The Boring Station Trailhead Park is located one block west of Highway 212 between Wally Road and Dee Street.

Merchandise such as Boring and Dull shirts and hats will be on sale and donations will be accepted.

Dan Bosserman, author of “Boring,” a part of the “Images of America” series, will be signing copies of his book. Book sales at the community social will benefit the Boring, Oregon Foundation, which formed as a nonprofit about a year and a half ago.

“So far, it’s a slow process,” Bates said, “but as we get things established with the infrastructure, we’ll be able to spend a little bit more time on gathering donations.”

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