SummerFest, Highland Games, Arts Festival take place

East County will be festival central this weekend. SummerFest in Troutdale, the Portland Highland Games and the Gresham Arts Festival all feature a lively mix of vendors, performers, activities and events.

Here’s a summary:

Troutdale SummerFestby: FILE PHOTO - Children play amidst the chalk drawings they made at last years Troutdale SummerFest, which takes place again this Saturday.

The festival kicks off at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, July 19, when children are invited to use colored chalk and “Chalk It Up” at Mayor’s Square, on the corner of East Historic Columbia River Highway and Southeast Dora Street.

Vendors in Glenn Otto Park open for business at 10 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m. the all-adult Beat Goes On Marching Band plays, followed by a parade along the Historic Columbia River Highway to Glenn Otto Park.

After the parade, the following events take place in Glenn Otto:

Noon: Love Bomb Go Go Marching Band

12:45 p.m.: Awards: Troutdale Citizen of the Year and Youth of the Year, Lions Club Humanitarian of the Year

1 p.m.: Passin’ Notes

1:40 p.m.: U.S. World Class Taekwando

2:10 p.m.: A Sudden Tradition, Americana music

2:50 p.m.: Celebration Cake

3 p.m.: Fred Riedel

3:40 p.m.: Passin’ Notes

The park also will feature a Kids’ Fun Zone, face painting by Mystique’s Fancy Faces, pony rides by Wish Upon a Pony, a climbing wall sponsored by the Army, birdhouse building sponsored by The Home Depot, clowning by Hannah Banana and Friends, and cake walks at regular intervals.

Tickets for rides and activities will be sold in the park. Ten tickets will cost $5. Rides and games will take one ticket, and face painting will take two tickets.

For more information on SummerFest, visit

Portland Highland Gamesby: FILE PHOTO - The sound of bagpipes will fill the air on the grounds of Mt. Hood Community College for the always popular Portland Highland Games.

Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, July 18

Location: Upper athletic soccer field

Events include a sheaf toss challenge, a caber toss, broadsword demonstrations, children’s games and activities, music workshops and tents highlighting Scottish clans.

From 7-10 p.m., the Piobaireachd Piping Competitions take place in the college theater. The entrance is on Northeast 257th Avenue. Cost is $5.

Performers and judges require silence from the audience; hence, this event is not appropriate for children under age 5.

8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19

Location: Football stadium, gym and soccer field

Events include competitions in Scottish dance, solo piping, drumming and fiddling, as well as a British motorcycle display, sheepdog demonstrations and kids’ games and activities. Other events include whisky tasting, a Harpers’ Circle, a Fiddlers’ Rally and a Ceilidh Dance Social.

At 5 p.m. the Mac MacTarnahan’s Memorial Challenge Caber Toss takes place, as well as a tug of war and a parade of massed bands.

The New Shilling Celtic band plays at 6 p.m. The Northwest group features Dublin native Peter Yeates on vocals and guitar, eclectic fiddler Eddie Parente, bassist Rob Barrick, and bodhran (Celtic drum) player Ken Larson. Getting the chance to see this stellar band is worth the price of admission to the games alone.

Speaking of which, ticket prices for the games vary widely, so visit for information.

Gresham Arts Festivalby: FILE PHOTO - The Gresham Arts Festival draws crowds each year to downtown, where artisans display their works and musicians perform on various streets.

Dozens of artisans and artists will be on to display and sell their handcrafted pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography and more.

The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

Gresham Ford will collect peanut butter and other food items for SnowCap Community Charities as well as Zarephath Pantry, both of which provide food to low-income folks in East County. The booth will be at Third Avenue and Miller Street.

Performances by jazz, rock, folk, soul, Cajun and zydeco bands will take place on various streets, which also will feature face painters, balloon “transformers,” and children’s arts and crafts. Best of all, it’s all free.

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