Music and food will fill Sandy's Civic Plaza
- Jim Hart
- Sandy Post - News
Annual Music Fair and Feast brings a diversion from everyday life
One of Sandy's most varied activities will be found in the Civic Plaza in just over a week. This celebration of the onset of summer is an event that has something for every age and every interest.
Sponsored by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce for three decades, the 2009 Music Fair and Feast, presented by Les Schwab and Budweiser, is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12.
The Music Fair and Feast gives people a chance to relax, enjoy a beverage and listen to music during one of Sandy's signature weekends.
Among the activities at the chamber event is a junior talent show for youth ages 6-18, a Sunday morning breakfast, motorcycle run and six bands from different genres of music. During the evening Friday and Saturday, a beer and wine garden will serve anyone of legal age. New food vendors also will keep people well fed during the concerts.
Thursday, July 9, has been named 'Family Night,' with free admission for all ages from 5-11 p.m. The evening will be filled with good food and a concert by the Aspen Meadow Band, which offers folk, old-time country and classic rock music. Plaza visitors also will have chances at games, prizes and giveaways.
Friday, July 10, features the junior talent show from 2-4 p.m. Enjoy cake and ice cream and watch kids of all ages demonstrate their talent. The show's grand prize is a $500 savings bond.
There is a $5 application fee, and performers, grouped in age categories, will be judged on originality, technical ability, costumes and stage presence.
Between 6 p.m. and midnight Friday, adults will enjoy the beverage and food of their choice while watching country western and southern rock music as performed by the Dirt Farm Cowboys and the hot country and classic rock music of Rodeo Rose.
Saturday, July 11, from 3-5:30 p.m., all ages will be able to attend a concert performed by Nobody's Bizness, which plays blues, country and popular rock music. By 6 p.m., the beverage garden will open and food vendors will be busy in preparation for an encore from Rodeo Rose, 6-9 p.m. The last three hours of the evening (9 p.m.-midnight) will focus on the high-energy rock music of Secondhand Buzz.
Sunday, July 12, a pancake breakfast for the whole family will begin at 8 a.m., while a four-hour concert by the Rowdy James Band (blues, classic rock and hard rock music) will begin at 11 a.m.
By 9 a.m., the motorcycle riders will be revving to go on the traditional Poker Motorcycle Run, with prizes from local sponsors and the usual motorcycle show of at least 100 fancy bikes during the afternoon.
The run begins with a staggered start between 9 and 10 a.m. Sunday, July 12, in Boring at Paola's Corner Restaurant, with stops to pick up cards at the Dover Fire Station on Firwood Road, Roslyn Lake Fire Station on Ten Eyck Road, Hoodland Fire Station near Welches and KBR's Custom Cycle east of Sandy, and finish at Sandy's Civic Plaza for a bike show and presentation of prizes.
The run costs $20 per rider, $10 per passenger and $5 for an extra hand. The breakfast and Poker Motorcycle Run are fund-raisers for the benefit of Sandy Hospice.
The Sandy Civic Plaza is near Hoffman Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard.
For more information, visit www.sandyoregonchamber.org or call the chamber at 503-668-4006. Applications for the talent show are available on the Web site or in the chamber office, Wednesday through Saturday.