Update: Carnival back on for Sandy Mountain Festival
The Sandy Mountain Festival carnival will go on this year.
Late last month, Nunpa from AntFarm met with festival chairman Martin Montgomery to discuss the land the carnival normally inhabits during the July event.
Because of the recent growth of the Mount Hood Farmers Market, AntFarm had predicted the use of the 38600 Proctor Blvd. lot for the carnival would be a no-go for this year.
In an earlier interview, Montgomery noted that he "knew it was a year-to-year thing" whether the festival could attain the lot or not.
But after a discussion between Nunpa, Montgomery, city officials and Oregon Trail School District Superintendent Aaron Bayer led to an agreement that allows for the carnival to take place in its usual location — at least for this year.
The city, as new owner of the Cedar Ridge property, has agreed to allow the carnival workers to park their vehicles in the parking lot at Cedar Ridge Middle School. For the farmers market the week of the festival, AntFarm's large tent will be moved into the neighboring parking area on the lot to make room for the rides.
Nunpa told the Post on Friday evening that, in the end, he saw the agreement as not only a way to continue the entertainment for the festival, but to come together as a community to troubleshoot a difficult situation.
"We decided we really wanted to use this as a platform to figure out how to connect and work together," Nunpa said. "And we did. To me, the real beauty of this thing is to teach people that we're here to support and help each other."