There's a culture that goes with music and music memorabilia that's hard to explain. Fortunately, each year in Canby no one has to explain it, they simply live it.
The 35th Annual Record Bonanza is back, but it's going to look a little different. The salute to music of all types, genres and eras is moving from its long-time home at the Clackamas County Event Center to Ackerman School (350 SE 13th Ave.) in Canby. The move, said event founder and organizer Don Rogers, will have some benefits.
"This will give us a little more room and we'll be able to have all the tables in one room now, so that's going to be really nice," Rogers said. "We're also going to have Ebner's Meats on hand for a food booth.
"It's a nice area for the show and for families," Rogers added. "And parking should be just fine there. I guess it was just time for a change."
This year's Record Bonanza will be held Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 and the parking is free.
"It is Oregon's oldest record show and one of the biggest on the West Coast," said Rogers, rightfully proud of the growth in this musical monster he created more than three decades ago.
"We've got 80 tables and dealers from four states coming this year. Each year there are new people who want to have a table."
And what are they looking to buy, sell and trade? Musical memories that come from all over the spectrum.
Record Bonanza offers more than 100 years of musical memorabilia, with plenty of 45s, 33s and 78s for those who simply miss the feel and smell of a good vinyl record. There are also posters, books, sheet music, photos and memorabilia of all types.
"The record album is making a comeback," Rogers said. "It's interesting, but the CD market is taking a plunge. And the people who are picking up on the vinyl are the young people. "
As always, there will be plenty to see, hear and remember at the event. It's a reminder that music has a long, rich and lively past and that listening to classic music hasn't disappeared, the records just want someone to take them for a spin on a classic turntable.
"It's kind of a chance to get together with people who have the same interests," said Rogers. "I just love the idea of someone coming in looking for something they liked when they were growing up – then finding it."
For more information about this year's show, call Rogers at 503-651-2780.