This particular swim does not need a pool, or even water -- it involves watching and celebrating cartoons

DAVID F. ASHTON - Sellwood Riverfront was Portlands official stop on the Cartoon Networks Adult Swim On The Green Tour. More than 1,500 people came for an "Adult Swim" held at Sellwood Riverfront Park on Saturday evening, June 17 – but they weren't there to take a dip in the Willamette River.

The full name of the event was the "Adult Swim On The Green Tour", hosted by the producers of the evening programming block of the same name on the cable TV "Cartoon Network".

"Adult Swim" is derived from the phrase, used by public swimming pools, as the time when children are restricted from using the facilities – meaning, in the case of the TV network, they show animated series and movies with adult themes.

"'Adult Swim' is hitting the road, and wants to spend quality time with you in the great outdoors," stated the evening's promotional material. "Prepare to experience Mother Nature in all her glory, along with games, new friends, food trucks, and trivia for exclusive prizes."

Workers spent the better part of the day putting up a perimeter fence, the banners and signs, a substantial sound system, and a huge LED screen used to promote the network's programs. By early evening, local food trucks had made their way to the edge of the popular park, and prepared to serve the hungry visitors.

Once the gates opened, the guests played games such as croquet, corn hole, giant Jenga; spun the "Huge Eyeball of Fortune"; and participated in other activities. Others set up beach chairs and blankets on the lawn, and took in the setting sun amidst the buzz of activities.

When the evening was over at about 10:30 p.m., the crew packed up the traveling road show, and headed out for the next destination.

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