On July 16 the Trolley Trail Festival will return to Historic Downtown Oak Grove with something for everyone: hot dogs, cotton candy, live entertainment, vendors, arts and crafts and children's activities.
"The Oak Grove community has endured two years of a global pandemic that has affected every aspect of their lives, and especially our ability to gather together," said Mark Elliott, chair of the Trolley Trail Festival Organizing Committee.
The event, he added, will "give the community its first opportunity to gather and celebrate."
The Festival will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. along Oak Grove Boulevard, which will be lined with fabric flags.
"HDOG is thrilled to host this fun summer event in our historic downtown district and, provide this opportunity for our community to come together," said Suzanne Wolf, the president of the HDOG Organizing Committee.
Live music, vendors
Four food carts serving beer and wine will be located behind Awakening Coffee, 2144 S.E. Oak Grove Blvd., from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wolf noted.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and Asian food will also be available she said; cotton candy, shave ice and kettle corn, will be served on the grounds of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 14700 S.E. Rupert Drive.
The church, which has been involved with the festival in the past, will also host children's entertainment, Wolf said.
"We are looking for past and new vendors. So far, for-profit vendors such as art/craft, food and clothing and nonprofit vendors, such as county departments and local organizations, have signed up," Wolf said, adding that vendors are welcome to keep applying.
Visit hdog.org and click on "Events" to keep up to date about the deadline to apply, she added.
Live music will be located at the corner of Oak Grove Boulevard and Southeast Arista under the oak tree. Featured groups include Pie Fight, Rose Villa Ukulele Band, Memphis Shorty, Rich Gritty Band and Arthur Moore.
Even though this event will take place outdoors several months from now, festival organizers will continue to monitor state health authority guidelines for large gatherings and will "amend our strategies to maintain social distancing during the festival as required by the Oregon Health Authority," Elliott said.
The organizing committee "was brought back together this year with the purpose of continuing the goal of the Trolley Trail Fest; bringing our friends, family and neighbors together as a community, to enjoy a summer's day together, to celebrate who we are and reconnect with each other again," he said.
"The soul of the community lies in its ability to connect with one another, to recognize and celebrate who we are, to hear each other out and to listen to each other," Elliott said.
He added that the Trolley Trail Festival is the perfect place to do all that, while having fun and "just saying hi to those neighbors and friends we haven't seen in what feels like forever."
"We are heartened by the donations of past and new sponsors," Wolf said, adding that she is grateful for support from the Oak Grove Community Council, Oak Lodge Water Services District, Washman Car Wash, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Brightstar Insurance, Milwaukie House Pizza, North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District, Five Guys and Four Seasons Screenprinting.
"Their support shows how much they value the people in our community," she said.
Wolf noted that Five Guys, the hamburger franchise in Oak Grove, is donating 15% of its revenue on the third Thursday of each month, so people can eat at Five Guys and support the festival at the same time.
"Be sure to mention the word, Fundraiser when you order," she said.
Wolf added that people should attend and support the festival, since "it is an opportunity for the community to learn about their neighbors, the businesses and services available in Oak Grove and to have just plain fun."
Hit the trail!
What: The Historic Downtown Oak Grove Organizing Committee presents the fourth annual Trolley Trail Festival
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 16; food will be served from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Locations on or near Oak Grove Boulevard
Vendors: Vendors can still apply; visit hdog.org and click on "Events"
More: Historic Downtown Oak Grove is currently an affiliate of Oregon Main Street, a Heritage Program of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department that assists with the revitalization of traditional downtowns, promotes economic development and encourages historic preservation.
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