Awards totaling $20,000 meted to four local projects funded by the city's transient lodging tax

GARY ALLEN - Eighteen-year-old Eli Lindquist works on his cycle cart at Anvil Academy in Newberg. He began the project in August.

At its meeting Monday, the Newberg City Council reviewed Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) recommendations for the small grant fund that totaled $20,000. The awardees are the Anvil Academy for a kart rally, Hoover-Minthorn House Museum to create an exhibit titled Boyhood of Herbert Hoover, the Truffle Festival in Newberg and the Camellia Festival Run/Walk 5K and 10K kick-off.

Anvil Academy was awarded $2,500 with the vision to bring in open air, Gatsby-era karts from around the western states to run a rally and display at the Old Fashioned Festival in July. Students at Anvil Academy are building a cycle kart that will be used in the Portland Rose Festival parade in the mini float category.

There are now two rallies for the karts in the region, one in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tieton, Wash. Anvil Academy would like Newberg to be the third rally in the region.

The cycle kart is a type of go-kart, a single-seat car styled to resemble race cars from the 1920s and 1930s.

The vehicles are small, lightweight, nimble machines constructed by builders in styles ranging from mini Model-T's to pre-war racers.

"Kart building is industrial in a competitive way, without it being high tech. You just show up to the rally with a car that you are proud of. We would like for it to be an annual thing for Newberg," Anvil Academy owner Rob Lewis said. "It allows the kids to work with their hands with bending metal and measuring things. They have to come up with designs and make it work."

The Hoover-Minthorn Museum was awarded $2,500 for an exhibit titled "Boyhood of Herbert Hoover" in collaboration with the Chehalem Cultural Center to be on exhibition at its facility. The archives at George Fox University will support the project with research materials and scanned images.

Hoover arrived to Newberg as an 11-year-old orphan and stayed with Dr. Henry John Minthorn at a house located on 115 S. River St. The exhibit will cover the three years that Hoover lived in Newberg.

The project called Newberg Run/Walk was allotted $8,000 and is an annual community event that kicks-off the Newberg Camellia Festival. The festival begins with a 5K and 10K run/walk coordinated in collaboration with Chehalem Park and Recreation District. The walk/run has been gaining in popularity and grew from 200 to 650 participants over the past three years. The 5K run/walk routes throughout downtown Newberg, while the 10K route runs through downtown Newberg and wraps around the outside of the downtown area.

The Chehalem Cultural Center has hosted the Newberg component of the Oregon Truffle Festival with a Friday night event, luncheons and the Truffle Marketplace. The $7,000 award will go toward the cost of the event through destination marketing and advertising.

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