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Celebration in King City is one for the ages

BARBARA SHERMAN - Members of the Tualatin High School Drum Line turned the 50th anniversary parade Aug. 13 into a festive event and drew residents out of their houses to view the parade as it moved through the city streets from the King City Clubhouse parking lot to King City Community Park.If the King City Civic Association were a person, they still wouldn’t be old enough to live in the 55-plus community — but they would at least be getting close.

The KCCA and the city of King City both turned 50 years old this year. This month, they jointly held a nine-day celebration commemorating the occasion.

The celebration kicked off Saturday, Aug. 13, with a parade that started in the King City Clubhouse parking lot and ended up in King City Community Park, in the Edgewater on the Tualatin subdivision.

The parade route was definitely the safest place to be in town, with a King City police officer, two Washington County sheriff’s deputies on motorcycles, and two Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue engines leading the parade, followed by city officials in golf carts.

The parade even had a band, courtesy of some members of the Tualatin High School Drum Line, as well as a couple political candidates running for Oregon House District 26 — Democrat Ray Lister and Republican Rich Vial — with their entourages.

Some of the KCCA clubs held an open house in the Clubhouse on Sunday, Aug. 14, maybe picking up a few new members, and perhaps the most elegant event of the week was a high tea on Monday, Aug. 15, hosted by Avamere at Sherwood, held in the Clubhouse.

Probably the two biggest events of the week occurred Tuesday, starting with an emotional flag-raising ceremony held at Kaady Car Wash, home of a giant flag and pole, with Purple Heart veterans serving as the honor guard. Following the flag-raising, which drew dozens of people, city officials buried a time capsule in front of City Hall, with members of the community donating items for the capsule that will be opened in 25 years.

BARBARA SHERMAN - An old-fashioned ice cream social sponsored by the King City Lions Club held Aug. 18 was just one of more than a dozen events held to celebrate the city of King City and King City Civic Association's 50th anniversary.Wednesday brought a chili cook-off, with a TVF&R King City station crew acting as judges and handing out first-, second- and third-place ribbons. The crew requested that the second-place winner bring a big pot of her recipe to the fire station, and she said she would.

After the residents consumed all the chili, they joked that TVF&R would return later in the evening when heartburn set in and they started calling 9-1-1.

Residents returned to the Clubhouse on Thursday for more food: an ice cream social courtesy of the King City Lions Club.

Friday was another big day, with a golf tournament that drew people from outside the community followed by a barbecue in the Clubhouse hosted by the KCCA’s Hello Neighbors Committee, while simultaneously, a classic car show was held in the Clubhouse parking lot.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, one of the King City Red Hat Society clubs hosted a wine and cheese tasting in the Clubhouse, followed on Sunday by a Portland Dixieland Jazz Society concert, plus cake in the Clubhouse.

A common theme during the days of celebration in King City was food, which was provided at many of the events — along with the opportunity to celebrate 50 years and look forward to many more.