Inner Southeast's 'Rose Festival event' was back this year -- in the water at Westmoreland Park's casting pond

DAVID F. ASHTON - Ramona Parker and Felix Montana from the Woodstock neighborhood paddled vigorously in the Westmoreland Casting Pond at this years Milk Carton Boat Races. In one of the last events of the Portland Rose Festival season, the Milk Carton Boat Races were held in the midst of the summer's first heat wave — on Sunday, June 26, in the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond.

Soaring temperatures encouraged adventurous boaters, paddling vessels made from milk cartons and milk jugs, to test both their craft, and their own sea skills.

26 boats had registered for the event; 23 of them had already checked in as the day got underway.

DAVID F. ASHTON - When paddling didnt work, crew member Edda Doler sat back and watched Calvin Gibson provide leg-powered propulsion.   Milk carton boats_006.jpg  David F. Ashton Archie and Kenny Otley made good time in their fully-formed boat which they called the Alpen-Rower. In fact, they took First Place in their category!   Milk carton boats_007.jpg  Courtesy of Connie Shipley These were the Peoples Choice winners this year - the boat rowers and support crew from D and D Bros. - here, showing their award. "Our organization took over this event as part of the Portland Rose Festival several years ago," remarked the Royal Rosarians' Royal Regent Korrie Hoeckendorf. The fun was sponsored by Alpenrose Dairy this year.

"But this is a big way to bring the community together, because it's very family-oriented," Hoeckendorf pointed out. "At the end of the day, everyone gets a medallion, and some people get prizes — we also have a 'People's Choice Award' and the winner of that gets the team's name on the official Milk Can trophy!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Archie and Kenny Otley made good time in their fully-formed boat which they called "the Alpen-Rower". In fact, they took First Place in their category!
"Because the Royal Rosarians are the official ambassadors and greeters for the City of Portland, we love events like these that bring the community together to participate in a fun way," Hoeckendorf commented.

When the races were over, the First Place winners were:

· Lincoln Graham, in the Class 1 single rider category in Juggernaut (age 7 to 12)

· Eli Mallow, Graysen Lopez, and August Noethe in the Class 2 multi-rider category, in the D&D Bros. boat (age 7-12)

· Cassandra Walters in the Class 4 adult single rider category in aka Hot Chocolate

· Jennie Smith and Ruth Dittrich in the Class 4 multi-rider category in Weinermobile

· Kenney and Archie Otley in the Class 7 mixed ages category in Alpen-Rows

· The D&D Bros. boat was elected for the Peoples Choice award this year

COURTESY OF CONNIE SHIPLEY - These were the "People's Choice" winners this year — the boat rowers and support crew from "D and D Bros." — here, showing their award.
Adam Baker, along with KATU-TV-2 weatherman Dave Salesky, served as the Masters of Ceremonies for the Milk Carton Boat Races this year. The high heat of that sunny day did keep a few spectators away, but the many who did come obviously had a good time, and are no doubt already looking forward to next year!

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