Members from both Molalla congregations spent June 4 painting, cleaning and sprucing up Buckeroo grounds

Members of two Molalla congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continued their long tradition of doing large-scale community projects each year. Recently, members of the church got a chance to spruce up one of Molalla's iconic sites — the Molalla Buckeroo grounds.

Brandon Roses was struggling to come up with a project for this year and "I reached out to the Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce and asked if there were any projects the city had for us."

COURTESY PHOTO: BRANDON ROSES - Work on cleaning the bleachers at the Molalla Buckeroo grounds was only part of the work done by mambers of both Molalla congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

With that query, Roses name was passed onto Grant Sharp at the Molalla Buckeroo Association, "who reached out to me to ask if we could help with preparing the grounds for the Buckeroo," Roses said.

After a quick meeting, projects ranging from painting bleacher seats and concession stands to cleaning garbage cans and more were dialed in for not only Roses LDS congregation, but he solicited help from Molalla's other LDS congregation, securing more helping hands.

And on June 4, the crew gathered at the Buckeroo grounds and got to work, refreshing and sprucing up many corners of the facility in preparation for the upcoming Molalla Buckeroo.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRANDON ROSES - Some young volunteers clean and paint at the Molalla Buckeroo grounds.

In all, more than 100-man hours were spent painting, pressure washing, greasing the chute gates and more. The grounds were in need of a cleaning after sitting vacant for nearly three years due to Covid-19 restrictions.

"I grew up here in Molalla and going to the Buckeroo has been a long-time Fourth of July tradition for my family, so I was excited when the association reached out to me for help," Roses said. "I love the 'Molalla proud' heritage that is being established in this community and want to do my part in keeping it going."

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