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2021 marks 100 years since city was incorporated; committee planning summer celebration

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Men work on the train tracks in the Scappoose business district in 1920, the year before the city was incorporated. This year marks 100 years since Scappoose was officially incorporated, and city leaders are planning for an elaborate two-day celebration.

An ad hoc committee formed by the city to plan the event has tentatively scheduled the event for Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, but City Councilor Pete McHugh said the event could be pushed until September. McHugh told city council that holding off until September would avoid interfering with summer vacation plans and give more time for COVID-19 restrictions to lift.

McHugh said the committee agreed that by April 1, they would make a final decision about whether or not the centennial celebration will take place.

Events in the two-day celebration are planned at three of the city's parks: Heritage Park, Veterans Park, and Chief Concomly Park.

A cornhole tournament is planned for Chief Concomly Park; a beer garden and concerts at Veterans Park; a classic car show at Heritage Park.

The celebration will focus not just on the past 100 years in Scappoose, but the past, present and future of the city.

Volunteers with the ad hoc committee and historical society plan to conduct video interviews with old timers to show on screens at the event, offering first-hand accounts of the city's history.

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research & Design and Portland Community College's OMIC Training Center will be featured, representing part of the city's future.

Other planned events and features include tours of the historic Watts House, concerts, a rock climbing wall and bouncy house.

Former City Manager Michael J. Sykes and his wife, Gail, are assisting with the event planning, including a parade through the city.

Sykes and McHugh said many businesses are eager to sponsor the event, which will hopefully cover most of the expenses along with city funds. Attendees may be asked for donations at some events.

The event will be promoted through a website, Facebook pages, physical banners along Highway 30 or other roads.

The website already includes historical information about the city, and Columbia County Museum Association Curator Les Watters said he is adding more information and photos as he finds them. Those with information or old photos of Scappoose are encouraged to share them with the museum association and Scappoose Historical Society by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"A lot of this, we have to wait until we actually get our logo approved," McHugh added.

The city is currently holding a design contest for a logo, which will be printed on advertising materials, banners, shirts and more.

Logos designs will be accepted through March 1. The winner will receive $100. Submissions should be sent to Isaac Butman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information about submission guidelines can be found in the city's February newsletter.


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