Champoeg State Park will hold a Fourth of July event that harkens back to the way early Oregonians celebrated the holiday.

The Sixth Annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration will feature the live re-enactment of Revolutionary War patriot George Robert Twelves Hewes. It will also include the fiddle playing of Truman Price and an afternoon of fun and educational celebration.

This interactive event allows participants to join in reading the Declaration of Independence; listen and dance to live fiddle music of the period and sing the patriotic songs of American freedom.

Take a blanket or folding chair and a picnic supper, or help support Newell House by purchasing strawberry shortcake and hot dogs.

For those who those who enjoy baking pies, a pie contest will offer a chance to gain bragging rights in French Prairie. The pies will be tasted and judged by a panel of historical and local characters. The pies will be auctioned off after the judging, with proceeds going to support the Newell House Museum and the Butteville School.

The 2014 Old Fashioned Patriotic Fourth of July picnic will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the west lawn at the historic Newell House at Champoeg. Picnic attendance and Newell House Museum parking are free

For more information, check the website at or call 503-678-5537.

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