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Pioneer fest puts history on display

by: PHOTO COURTESY: PIONEER FEST - BMX bikers will compete at the Pioneer Family Festival on Sunday, May 5, at the Oregon City Skate Park at Clackamette Park.This weekend Oregon City’s Clackamette Park will transform into the Pioneer Family Festival, one of Clackamas County’s largest events.

Organizers promise this year visitors will enjoy some festival favorites such as the 16th Annual Teddy Bear Parade and the huge Carnival and Midway presented by Davis Shows Northwest from May 3 to 5. After watching or participating in the parade, you can stroll many booths including commercial vendors, crafts and community information booths. Visitors will also be invited to enjoy many food vendors while listening to informative speakers, special guests and entertainment on the main stage all weekend long.

Pioneer Family Festival proceeds go to the Oregon City Optimist Club, a nonprofit organization that funds Oregon City High School’s Drug and Alcohol Free Grad Party and the Oregon City Library’s Summer Reading Program.

In 1999, current City Commissioner Rocky Smith Jr. created the festival that has grown thanks to added partners and events. One of the biggest changes came in 2001, when Rebekah Burton started the “Unveil Your Life-Protection Fair” to raise awareness of domestic violence after she had become a victim herself. Her ex-husband broke her neck, and doctors were only able to patch the damage by removing 3 inches of her hip and placing it into her neck.

After receiving support from Sheriff Craig Roberts and many others, organizers credit the partnership between Burton and Smith for the current success of the festival.

Other attractions

The Main Stage will offer music by Tribe of the Outcast, Mosby, Mark Elmer, Regina LaRocca and many more throughout the entire weekend. For the complete entertainment schedule go to pioneerfamilyfestival.com/mainstageschedule.html.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the intersection of 10th and Main streets and proceeds to Clackamette Park. The Teddy Bear Parade collects new teddy bears/stuffed animals that are given to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency rooms, children’s hospitals and women’s shelters in Clackamas County. Parade participants and spectators are encouraged to donate new stuffed animals that local emergency personnel and hospitals distribute by the thousands annually to children throughout the county facing a crisis. For more information go to octeddybearparade.com.

A BMX competition will take place on Sunday, May 5, at the Oregon City Skate Park at Clackamette Park. Skaters of all ages will compete in three events based on skill level, and prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third-place skater in each event.



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