Canby ready for return of events
A spring and summer events season we haven't seen in a couple years is dawning in and around Canby.
And Canby Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator Tyler Nizer is excited to see it develop.
Due to pandemic restrictions the past two years, many of the events put on by the city, as well as other organizers, have been shut down or modified. As May dawns, it looks more and more like a return to the past is in the cards.
Nizer said that's a positive development.
"I am super excited for everything to come back," Nizer said. "We are already seeing some things come back and how well they have been received. Canby Farmers Market has returned in full force and the Spring Garden Fair had a crazy amount of people support it. I'm looking forward to seeing these events come back and the community out and enjoying them."
From a city perspective, there are some events that will be key throughout the summer, including the Independence Day Celebration, Canby Big Night Out, Canby Big Weekend and more. Nizer also noted the First Thursday program has started to thrive.
Originally a First Friday event, there was just too much competition for people's time and attention on Fridays, so the decision to move it to the first Thursday of each month was made. Turns out, it was a good decision.
"It's another night where people can come out, and local businesses do something special to help them enjoy downtown," Nizer said. "There are a lot of great things businesses are offering.
"Our First Thursday has really been picking up," Nizer added. "I'm excited to see that. We have some things coming up like music and a mini cruise-in beginning in June. There are a lot of things picking up as we head toward summer. We saw a lot of people come out for it in April, so I'm looking forward to seeing what's coming in May."
Add events like the Oregon Renaissance Faire, Harefest, the Clackamas County Fair and many other Canby events throughout the spring, summer and fall, and it should be a busy 2022.
"We are definitely in full force toward planning and supporting events to make sure they take place," Nizer said. "I think there are a lot of things coming to Canby, and I'm excited to see what's in store for the summer.
"I think Canby is definitely ready to come out and experience what these events offer," he added. "We've seen it with the farmers market and garden fair. Canby is ready to come out and enjoy some time with each other. "
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