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Let the music and dancing begin

Music Fair and Feast presented by Sandy Les Schwab Tire Center begins July 11


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Its summer, and that means its time for the Music Fair and Feast, beginning as soon as the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade ends, with entertainment and a wide variety of food for four days, July 11-14.Some July days might be called the lazy days of summer, but not between July 11 and 14, when there will be dancing in the streets.

Well, maybe only on Hoffman Avenue.

These are the days of the Sandy Music Fair and Feast, presented by the Sandy Les Schwab Tire Center.

Improvements this year include new food vendors such as the Smoky Bones food cart that brings barbecued pulled pork or tri-tip sandwiches and baked beans, and the Sweet Thangs booth that offers sausages and hot dogs as well as cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.

Also new is Mexican food from Lupita’s of Woodburn. Among returning food vendors is Sanjai’s Teriyaki.

Music Fair and Feast is a fundraising production of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, July 11, is Family Night, with the band Country Wide, and offers free admission. This evening is sponsored by a donation from Portland General Electric. While the venue at Centennial Plaza opens at 5 p.m., activities really get rolling by 8 p.m. after everyone returns from watching (and participating in) the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade.

Friday and Saturday nights, from 5 p.m. to closing, there is an admission charge, and visitors should be 21 or older because the beer and wine garden will be open for business.

Admission Friday and Saturday nights has been reduced to only $5. But coupons for $2 off admission are available at the Sandy Les Schwab Tire Center, 37895 Highway 26.

Music Friday, July 12, includes the rock band Abandon Stage and pop band Hit Machine, from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 13, is another opportunity for families to visit the Plaza and enjoy lunch beginning at noon. Those who stay will see live music at 3 p.m. from a couple of country crooners. But at 5 p.m., admission is collected and the Plaza turns into a dance hall, with the music of Return Flight and Dance Hall Days.

Sunday, July 14, is set aside for the annual junior talent show, sponsored by a donation from Clackamas County Bank. The activity that showcases the best local talent from young performers is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Performers will be divided in competition into age groups of 6-10, 11-14 and 15-18. There are awards for each age group as well as a grand prize of a $500 savings bond.

The cake-and-ice-cream event will be followed by music from the acoustic duo called Joyful Noyes. While admission is free, a suggested donation of $2 is requested.

Talent show applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 10, and are available at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call 503-688-4006 or visit Sandy Music Fair and Feast on Facebook.