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Second annual celebration set for Sept. 28 expected to be bigger and better than the first

This coming Saturday, Celebrate Molalla reappears for a second annual celebration that's planned to be bigger and better than the first. This year will offer more vendors, more food and more fun than last year.

Don't forget that the Apple Fest will also welcome all with its homemade pies and samples of apples that have been around for ages and now are being grown at the Temperate Orchard Conservancy, on the outer edge of Molalla.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Face-painting at Celebrate Molalla last year.

Celebrate Molalla has grown from last year when there were a lot of vendors, but this year's total is about 100 and encompasses everything from food to those with art, metal and wood workings, chain saw carvings, quilts, jewelry and handmade soaps and lotions.

Bob Oblack from the Gem Society will be showing off rocks with UV lights and talking about other amazing things about rocks.

Performers will play and sing throughout the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. day. These folks include Van Zinder, the soloist back again this year, Joe Gibson, singer-songwriter Adrienne Gilley from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rondalla Sentimiento a Latino group, The Basinbillies and Blue City Diesel.

And those of you with strong appetites can choose from Ebner's Custom Meats, Lupita's Mexican Food and Wop'n Meat Balls. Wooden Shoe Vineyards is offering wine for sale and Sparky's will provide beer. Garage Coffee will offer their brew along with pastries.

There's also a bigger and better car show, a corn hole tournament and activities for the kids from face painting to free kids crafts. The latter will let children make and paint a canvas and take that home along with a small easel. Another activity is hair braiding and children's paper hat making.

There are people hoping to get a piano in Sally Fox Park for the celebration, but the instrument needs to be painted with outdoor paints so it may not make it. It will be placed in the Pavilion for anyone to play. Currently, those behind the idea are raising money to buy the paint for the upright pianos.

The Molalla City Council plans a booth for people to come and find out about various things the city is doing and considering including the Visioning Process, ODOT information among other ideas like food cart/truck regulations within the city limits. There also will be some Clackamas County organizations.

Apple Fest

Molalla's traditional Apple Festival is 44 years old this year and again is being held by the Historical Society in conjunction with Celebrate Molalla.

The festival can take you back in history. Located at the Dibble House Museum, people will find living historic craft demonstrations. Last year the historical society people were turning sheep wool into thread and straw into hats. This year there will be a cider press and butter churning demonstrations as well as frontiersmen. Tours of the house will be available.

Most important are the apples representing the orchards from the past. These will be represented with apple treats, pie and ice cream as well as whole pies for sale. This year there will be more pies, because last year they were sold out by 12:30.

The Temperate Orchard Conservancy will be there with older apple varieties to taste and wish you could buy them today. There will be apple pies for sale, by the slice and whole, as well as blackberry, marionberry, blueberry, peach and even strawberry rhubarb. There will be cider from Bauman's to drink and to take home, puppies, books and their authors.

The Historical Society has been sprucing up the grounds of the museum with the financial help of Knife River and labor from Titan Contractors. The paths have been cleaned up and are much safer than in the past.

Carol Rosen
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