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Wow! What a week

Sandy puts the busiest four days of the year in the rear view mirror


by: POST PHOTO: STEVEN BROWN - The Sandy Mountain Festival Dancing Bear shares a warm moment with three admirers during the festival Saturday in Meinig Park. Sandy’s most active week of the year was a big success, pleasing event organizers and participants alike.

Thousands of people jammed the city Thursday to walk or ride in the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade and then visit Family Night at the Music Fair and Feast, sponsored by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

For a complete list of parade winners and a photo, visit The Sandy Post website at sandypost.com.

by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - Kids of all ages loved the mini roller coaster at the carnival during Sandy Mountain Days.Even the kids got involved in Sandy Mountain Days, having their parade on Pleasant Street midday Friday and a bike derby on the Cedar Ridge Middle School track earlier Thursday.

While the music played on at Centennial Plaza, mainly in the evening, the festival filled Meinig Memorial Park Saturday and Sunday with thousands of people, who wandered throughout the park to see the creative work of nearly 150 artists.

One of the weekend’s final events was the junior talent show, organized by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. Winners in the age categories included age 6-10, Sidra Cohen-Mallon of Sandy, singing a capella about the Nifty 50 States; and age 11-14, Ammie Altamriano of Newberg, singing the Bruno Mars song “When I Was Your Man.”

A year’s worth of planning by the Sandy Mountain Festival board and the chamber board was fruitful along with the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and primary sponsors such as Clackamas County Bank, Adventist Health Medical Group Urgent Care Sandy, Avamere Retirement and Assisted Living and Gentle Dental.

The nonprofit organizations that operated the food booths in Meinig Park especially appreciated the overall effort of drawing thousands to downtown Sandy.

Now, get ready: There are only 51 weeks left until the next Music, Fair and Feast and the 42nd annual Sandy Mountain Festival.