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Celebration in Boring set for Sept. 7

Event a fundraiser for playground equipment


The annual Celebration in Boring will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, and promises fun for all ages. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boring Middle School, 27801 S.E. Dee St. in Boring, the event will be a fundraiser for playground equipment for Boring Station Trailhead Park, said park board chairman Dan O’Dell.

“In 2013 the Friends of Boring Station Trailhead park committee set a goal of raising $50,000 to purchase and install playground equipment,” O’Dell said. “The group is pursuing grants, donations and has again dedicated proceeds from this year’s festival toward this fundraising goal.”

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KARLA FARR - The Pranksters, an 18-piece big band plays music from the swing era and performs every year at Celebration in Boring, Sept. 7.The event itself is free and features live music, family games, carnival games, products for sale by local vendors, raffle prizes, a silent auction and a $5 lunch. Many local businesses, churches and nonprofit groups also will have booths.

Children’s activities include rides in a wagon pulled by Percheron draft horses, face painting by a clown, water balloon toss, egg toss, candy-in-the-hay and other games. Community groups will offer snow cones, cotton candy and other carnival-type snacks.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KARLA FARR - The Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, held in conjunction with Celebration in Boring Sept. 7, shows off vehicles built in 1980 and before.Visitors will also appreciate the Classic Car & Motorcycle Show at the Boring Grade School athletic fields from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will showcase cars and motorcycles from 1980 and older. Trophies will be awarded in 20 different classes, and for $15 entrants can register on the day of the show. Registration includes lunch.

Lunch will be served by Gary and Becky Powell, owners of Pub 212 in Damascus, with barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and other fare; all profits will go to the park.

Live music starts at 10 a.m. with the country and western sounds of Joe Shinkle and the 99 West Band followed from 1-4 p.m. by The Pranksters, an 18-piece big band playing music from the swing era as well as popular music from the past 40 years.

Another perennial favorite at the celebration, according to event spokeswoman Karla Farr, is Goat Poop Bingo, where people buy a square on a “board” drawn on the ground and the winner is determined by wherever the goat chooses to “go.”

Celebration in Boring has always been sponsored by Friends of Boring Trailhead Park, Farr said. The event began about 10 years ago at the end of the summer, before the park was built. But now that the park is finished, except for playground equipment, the event was moved to Boring Middle School because there’s more parking, Karr said.

“It’s really a fun family event, and there’s no entrance fee,” Farr said. “It’s very low-cost and makes a nice end of the summer and family event for people in the area.”

To learn more, visit www.celebrationinboring.com.



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