Elected officials from the Tualatin River Basin and beyond will soon face tough competition in the race to be No. 1.

On Aug. 23 at 8 a.m., politicians will gather at Cook Park in Tigard for the annual Tualatin River Political Paddle Race.

State Sen. Mark Hass, a Raleigh Hills Democrat, won last year’s race, which was followed by a dignity-be-darned Super-Soaker water fight. Hass will be back to defend his title.Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Washington County politicians take to the Tualatin River last summer during the 2013 version of the Political Paddle Race. This years event is set for Aug. 23.

The public is invited to watch the one-mile race from Cook Park or the turnaround at Ki-A-Kuts pedestrian bridge. Afterward, spectators can rent their own kayaks or canoes to explore the river themselves.

Politicians who have signed up so far include state Rep. Joe Gallegos (D-Hillsboro); Hass; Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers; Marilyn McWilliams of the Tualatin Valley Water District; Tigard City Council members Marc Woodard, Marland Henderson and Jason Snider; Tualatin City Council member Frank Bubenik; Beaverton City Council member Lacey Beaty; Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen; Sherwood City Council member Krisanna Clark; Newberg City Council members Ryan Howard and Bart Rierson; Clackamas County Commissioners Martha Schrader and Tootie Smith; and legislative candidate Eric Squires of Aloha.

Fair fortunes heading up

Washington County Commissioners has received good news from Leah Perkins-Hagele, manager of the Washington County Fair.

“We were up 10 percent in attendance over last year; we were up 11 percent in carnival attendance; and up 30 percent in food and beverage,” she said of the annual fair, which closed a four-day run July 27.

Unusually hot weather during the fair, held at the county fairgrounds in Hillsboro, likely contributed to the jump in beverage sales, Perkins-Hagele noted.

The fair contracted with country music radio station 98.7 “The Bull” to provide two days of country music.

“It was a win-win,” said Perkins-Hagele, with the station collecting ticket sales and the fair collecting money for parking.

“That’s usually a loss-leader,” said Commission Chairman Andy Duyck, who is also a member of the Fair Board.

Boards need new members

Washington County’s administrative office is soliciting applications for several advisory board vacancies:

n Fairgrounds Advisory Committee, one vacancy, two-year term. Provides input on the priorities and development of the Fairgrounds Master Plan, as well as capital projects, maintenance, non-fair marketing and other strategic initiatives.

n Solid Waste & Recycling Advisory Committee, two vacancies, five-year terms. The committee advises and makes recommendations on solid waste and recycling policy and programs.

Application deadline is Sept. 16, at

Go to top
Template by JoomlaShine