by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Members of the SALT/KAD Performing Arts Center took part in the SummerFest  parade on Saturday.

Summertime living sure is nice when the hardest choice of the weekend is how to divide time between a plethora of local festivities. 

Balloons, bagpipes and blown glass were common sights for those who bobbed between the Troutdale Summerfest, Portland Highland Games and Gresham Arts Festival. 

Troutdale Summerfest

Candy hit the chalk covered pavement, scattering at the feet of children as they pointed excitedly towards floats rolling through downtown Troutdale during the 42nd annual Summerfest.

The crowd cheered as old cars revved their engines and Rigert Elite Gymnastics came tumbling down the street performing cartwheels.

Amy Woodard, a Gresham resident attended the parade with her husband and four children.

“I grew up in Troutdale and I used to ride my bike in this parade,” she said. “So now it’s kind of a fun tradition coming out here.” 

Multnomah County Animal Services decided to go all out this year with their “Pitties in Pink” float that displayed pit bulls in pink tutus. 

“They’ve got a bad rep but we have real good ones here,” said Tammy Harvey, volunteer. 

The Beat Goes On, a Portland marching band complete with baton twirling blasted “My 5 O’clock World” as the parade progression looped down around towards Glenn Otto Park.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Members of the Love Bomb Go Go band take part in the SummerFest  parade on Saturday.

Bounce houses and freshly popped kettle corn awaited festival goers. Vendors, pony rides and Home Depot’s craft station attracted the little ones. 

Portland Highland Games

Got kilt? The Portland Highland Games do. Lots of them. And visitors weren’t shy about showing off their authentic woven tartan. 

Steven Black has been coming to the games for 12 years.

“I like the history and the culture of the entire event,” he said. 

Black, who was sporting his 14-year-old $850 kilt said, “It’s an expensive proposition to dress like the most frugal people in the world.” 

Immersing oneself in the culture was easy while snare drums beat, and live music laden with Scottish accents played. 

Whiskey, handmade leather quitters and swords were passed from vendor to curious customer. 

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Ian Tougher, center, sold swords at the Portland Highland Games at Mt. Hood Community College on Saturday.

Those at the competition field escaped to shade in the tree lines to watch participants toss a 22 pound wright in the heavy Scottish hammer throw. 

Competing in the games for the first time was John Enzenauer from Nevada City Calif.  Enzenauer who has been throwing for four years said, “The comradery is what we’re here for. It’s one big family.”  

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Cory Brizendine throws the heavy Scottish hammer  during Portland Highland Games competition on Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

 The Games, held at Mt. Hood Community College since 1988, aim to preserve memories of Scottish inheritance through music, athletics and dance.

Gresham Arts Festival

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Seventeen month-old Maddison Jeppe rocks out to the   performing a the Gresham Arts Festival in downtown Gresham on SaturdayThose feeling a little artsy were in for a treat upon arriving in downtown Gresham. 

Main Street intersections buzzed with people boogying to the beat of soul and blues performed by Get Down Jones. 

Colorful vendor tents complete with wood sculptures, paintings and wind chimes caught the eye of many visitors. 

Lawn and Garden art were also in large supply with Vendors like Edi Misner exhibiting colorful flowers made from arranging recycled plates and cups she finds at yard sales and thrift stores.

Magda Moor displayed nautical paintings constructed with layers on sea shells. 

“I embedded objects I think will emulate the texture,” she said. “Oregon is where I blossomed as an artist.”

The festival, formerly known as the Gresham Art Walk, is on its 13th year.

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