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The annual Record Bonanza event was pushed to Oct. 24, but music memorabilia fans are ready to buy and sell

A year after COVID-19 turned the music off for 2020, Canby's musical memorabilia passion will be rekindled in 2021.

Record Bonanza is back, albeit at a later date than it usually is, but that's just fine with organizer Don Rogers and the hundreds of passionate music memorabilia buffs who descend on Canby for the event each year. There's been precious little music memorabilia events in the last two years, so Canby's event is a welcomed development.

FILE PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Canby's Record Bonanza returns Oct. 24 with plenty of records, posters, and musical nostalgia for music lovers of all types.

"We are really looking forward to this, it's something we haven't had in about 18 months," Rogers said. "I really enjoy putting it on. I'm chomping at the bit for this."

This year's show will be Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to get is in $3.

A year ago, Record Bonanza was scrubbed from its normal April time slot. To better guarantee that 2021 would have an event, Rogers decided to wait on the date and see how things were going with the pandemic. It has proven to be a good decision as this year's Record Bonanza, the 38th edition, is on schedule for the Ackerman building once again.

FILE PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - This year's Record Bonanza will have less vendors on hand and will be working with COVID-19 safety protocols, but there should be plenty of interesting items for music memorabilia enthusiasts to enjoy.

"One of the major things that won't happen is that we usually have buyers come in from the East Coast and Midwest, but because people don't want to get on a plane, they said they'll wait until next spring and come out then," Rogers said. "This one is going to be different. Everyone will have to wear a mask and we will have more spacing and hand sanitizer. We're probably going to have between 50-70 tables, not our normal 80-plus tables.

"It's going to be really interesting to see how many people come through the door," Rogers added. "Such a big gap between shows, people haven't been able to get out and search for records. The people that are coming are really, really excited."

Canby's Record Bonanza is Oregon's oldest record show and one of the biggest on the West Coast, according to Rogers. Each year thousands of music lovers flock to Ackerman School to pour over music memorabilia from a host of vendors.

FILE PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Music and music memorabilia are all part of the Record Bonanza in Canby.

And what are they looking to buy, sell and trade? A Beatles album, posters from a northwest concert, or that long-forgotten favorite movie soundtrack on vinyl? In the end, the musical memories cover the entire spectrum, which is exactly what this show offers.

Record Bonanza offers more than 100 years of musical memorabilia, with plenty of 45s, 33s and 78s for those who simply miss the feel and smell of a good vinyl record. There are also posters, books, sheet music, photos and memorabilia of all types.

"A lot of times, I'm not selling records, I'm selling memories," Rogers said. "It's kind of a cultural thing. The surprising thing to me is how many young people we get – under 30. And they are buying vinyl. Vinyl has gone from about 1 or 2 percent of the market 15 years ago to about 20 percent today."

For more information about this year's show, call Rogers at 503-651-2780.


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