Several decades prior, the city's Fourth of July festivities drew 2,000 residents

ARCHIVE PHOTO - During Estacada's Fourth of July festivities in 1988, Alan Hull triumphed in a wheelbarrow race at Timber Park.


Mrs. Ed Richards took first place in the Estacada Garden Club's Green Thumb Contest. Her winning design, which was displayed at the First State Bank of Oregon office in town, featured irises.

Fay Lyons wrote to the newspaper to "express my sincere thanks for all of the beautiful cards and flowers sent to me during my recent illness."


An advertisement for the Timbertown Cafe asked readers if they were "looking for something new and different." With their recently remodeled restaurant, the owners of the business said they offered just that. "You could treat yourself to our quick service cafeteria where you'll find a delicious meal you can afford," their ad read. "We also have Sunday smorgasbord and meeting and banquet facilities."


Approximately 2,000 residents attended Fourth of July Festivities at the Estacada Timber Park. The afternoon included wheelbarrow races, pony rides, face painting, a dog show and live music. The excitement culminated in a "spectacular" show featuring $3,000 worth of fireworks. "I think this was our best Family Fourth. There were four times as many people as last year," said Nancy Walls of Family Fourth, the group that organized the festivities.


Kristin Cotter was named The News' student of the week. Cotter, 15, was a rising sophomore at Estacada High School and held a 4.0 grade point average. For the upcoming school year, she would be vice president of her class. Her favorite subjects were honors English, algebra and computer applications. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, coached fifth- and sixth-grade volleyball camp and taught fourth- and fifth-grade Bible School at Estacada First Baptist Church.


A variety of cars gathered in downtown Estacada for the Family Fun Rods and Customs Cruise-in. The event was a benefit for both the Estacada Chamber of Commerce and the Family Fun Rods & Customs Car Club and was the only fundraising event either group held every year. The Chamber sold snow-cones, ice cream and raffle tickets. "Oldies songs blared from speakers while wide-eyed children followed their parents through the streets, slurping snow-cones," The News reported.


Reeva Wortel was the featured artist at the Spiral Gallery. Her show "Look Me In the Eye" included life-sized portraits of seven families and quotes from interviews with them. "A lot of times, you look at portraits and wonder what that person is thinking. Portraits often have a very captivating look," Wortel said. "Portraiture elevates people's stories to the level of art, so we pay attention to them in a way we might not ordinarily."

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