Celebrate Molalla set for Sept. 28
Plans for Molalla's second annual Celebrate Molalla are going great guns. The Sept. 28 event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., again coincides with the Heritage Apple Festival and will be even larger than last year expanding along Molalla Avenue from 3rd Street to the Dibble House complex. Vendors plan to stay open until 6 p.m.
The Car Show will be back at the north end of the celebration and larger this year. Also returning are kids' crafts, face painting by the Daughters of Job as well as the second annual Conrad Case Memorial Corn Hole Tournament.
Last year more than 70 vendors participated, and many noted they wanted to return this year so the committee can fill the streets with more than 100. The artists, artisans, those that make fine handcrafted products, antique dealers and service organizations are returning applications. The committee hopes to see even more, possibly more than 100. Vendor packets with information and an application are on the city's website under News; just scroll down to Celebrate Molalla.
At the start of the celebration, former Police Chief Rod Lucich will open the fun by singing the Star Spangled Banner and, possibly, another song about Molalla.
Ebner's Custom Meats will return with their fantastic smoked tri-tip, brisket and other goodies. Lupita's Restaurant again will offer delicious Mexican treats. The committee is seeking more food vendors to offer a good variety to those attending. All licensed food vendors are welcome. All food vendors need to satisfy state and county safety and license requirements as well as a copy of their food handler permit, insurance binder, menu and prices along with their vendor application. No Styrofoam serveware is allowed.
This year, Silver Falls Brewery will be serving beer. It's a small craft brewery from Silverton that brews "one small batch at a time," and crafts ales and lagers in traditional styles.
There will be music. Three different guitar soloists will bring some of their originals as well as songs we all recognize and enjoy. Then it will ramp up with a Mariachi Band followed by the Basinbillies singing Bluegrass, Country and Americana that some have dubbed "thrashgrass." Blue City Diesel, a rock and roll band, out of Silverton will wind up the day. Their music is influenced by Southern style honky-tonk and Americana music.
The event is funded in part by a grant. The city provides many hours of administrative work with the Public Works Department closing off streets and the Police Department providing safety. The remaining cost, about $5,000, is covered by donations from community members and businesses. Everyone can have a part in making this event an annual success by contributing even small amounts.
You can't have an event this big without volunteers. It is fun and the event needs as many as possible. It takes a lot of people to make the day run smoothly. Volunteers begin the day at about 6:30 a.m. by setting up tables and chairs as well as lightweight crowd-control barriers to enclose the food and beer courts.
By 8 a.m., the event needs volunteers to check-in vendors, help them find their places and possibly help them unload. Throughout the day, volunteers are needed to pick up trash, provide vendor relief and various other chores. At 6 p.m., volunteers will help tear down all the things that were set up that morning. Last year a group of four young men came together to help tear-down. People can volunteer as a group or by themselves and choose their hours.