North Portland history will be celebrated at the 10th annual Kenton Street Fair and Paul Bunyan's 60th birthday party, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the heart of the historic neighborhood.
The fair will feature the annual coaster car races, street vendors, kids activities, and 20 bands on three stages. Scheduled performers include Norman Sylvester, Larry Yes and the Stumptown Jug Thumpers.
The sixth decade of the iconic Paul Bunyan statue that stands at the entrance to the neighborhood at North Interstate and Denver avenues also will be marked. The 31-foot metal and concrete sculpture was built in 1959 to commemorate the centennial of Oregon's statehood during the Centennial Exposition and International Trade Fair, which was held in the Kenton area.
The fair is organized by the Kenton Business Association and sponsored by area businesses and organizations.
According to the association, Kenton was first known as a farming community and later transformed into a major business center when it became the company town for the Swift Meat Packing Co. in 1911.
It was connected to Portland by an early streetcar line and eventually annexed into the city. Today the neighborhood is experiencing a rebirth along the northern end of the Interstate MAX line.
For more information, go to facebook.com/kentonstreetfair.
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