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Big Weekend kicks off with Friday night street dance, followed Saturday with classic cars galore

The heart and soul of big weekend is the cruise-in, which attracts hundreds of classic cars and thousands of visitors to downtown Canby.

Canby's annual summer festival finale is this weekend in downtown Canby. Big Weekend has arrived and as is tradition, will kick off Friday night with the annual Big Night Out Street Dance. Come Saturday, hundreds classic cars will descend on the streets in and around Wait Park, while music fills the air and vendors offer their goodies.

The weather looks to be perfect for both events, which should lead to plenty of cars and good times.Kurt Van Meter will be the featured performer Friday night at the annual street dance in downtown Canby.

Big Night Out Street Dance

The Big Night Out Street Dance is back and the fourth incarnation should deliver what the previous three did - a bunch of fun on Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Canby.

Kurt Van Meter will headline the event with a musical performance begining at 8 p.m.

There will be beverage vendors, children's activities, and the classic cars will be featured on Second Avenue, between Grant and Fir streets.

The event will have free children's activities, including bouncy houses, face painting, a clown, balloon animals, kid's crafts and more. Local businesses will be back with hands-on kid's crafts and sidewalk chalk art. A Teen Zone, complete with seating and a game truck will help to round out the fun.

Several Canby businesses will set up booths to sell food, beverages, beer and wine.

Big Weekend Saturday

As always, the centerpiece of Saturday will be the annual Cutsforth's Marketplace Cruise-in by the Park, which begins with registration at 6:30 a.m. The cruise-in itself begins with a salute to the flag at 9 a.m., followed by the "show and shine" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Canby Rotary will have its barbecue stand running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and live music will be provided by The Bret Lucich Show beginning at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to a number of vendors on the ground, there's the annual Dahlia Run that begins at 7 a.m., as well as the Canby Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NW First Avenue.

And if the beauty of the cars isn't enough, the annual Dahlia Festival will run Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the next two weekends.

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