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A smaller version of the city's 2021 centennial celebration may be in the future.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Kids participate in a watermelon eating contest at the Scappoose Centennial in August 2021.Following Scappoose's two-day centennial celebration last summer, city leaders are looking into options for a smaller annual event.

Treadway Events, which assisted city leaders and community members organizing the centennial, presented options for an annual event to the Scappoose City Council last month.

The council voted to pursue a one-day "adventure festival" this coming September, with Treadway and city staff bringing back a more detailed proposal this month.

The festival would be similar to the centennial, but with more daytime activities like a rock climbing wall, mobile zipline, mechanical bull or others.

Though the centennial had daytime events like a cornhole tournament, dog obstacle course, yard games, and more, Treadway project manager Charles Grant said one of the biggest complaints they received about the centennial "was just a lack of things for families to do at the park."PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - The Scappoose Centennial included a cornhole tournament

"We really kept it oriented around the beer ground and the music," Grant said. "That's great, but that's for adults."

High temperatures and poor air quality from wildfires also put a damper on some activity at the mid-August 2021 event.

Beyond the daytime activities, the stage and sound system for an evening concert would drive up the cost.

The estimated price tag for the event is between $84,000 and $90,000, with an anticipated $17,500 in revenue from vendor fees and running a beer garden. That would leave the city on the hook for upwards of $66,000, but sponsors could cover a significant portion.

The Scappoose Centennial cost roughly $99,000, but sponsorships and grants covered just over $53,000.

Mayor Scott Burge said the adventure festival proposal "highlights the opportunities of things people can come to Scappoose and greater Columbia County to do."

Even with the larger price tag, the adventure proposal seemed like a "bigger bang for our buck for the bigger event that we put on," City Councilor Peter McHugh said.

Burge said a larger event focused on a theme like adventure and recreation would encourage more sponsorships.

"We'd probably have to seed it for the first year, but we'd want to be in a situation where the city is not putting money in every year, that it becomes self-generating," Burge said.

Councilor Brandon Lesowske said his vision for the event is that "we're celebrating the people of Scappoose, with the hope of being such an attractive event that people from the outside areas would want to come and join us."

The centennial also included a run to raise funds for track improvements and programs in memory of Neil Hoffmann, a Scappoose High School student and runner who died in 2020.

The run will take place on Sept. 10.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Punishing heat didn't deter Ronan Edgerton and others celebrating the Scappoose centennial in August 2021.

Scappoose city officials haven't committed to hosting the city event on Sept. 10, but Sarah Waud-Elrod, Hoffmann's aunt, said Run With Neil organizers had to settle on a date because the few companies that time runs were getting booked up quickly.

Run With Neil officially incorporated as a nonprofit last fall.

The run and city celebration could end up happening on separate dates, but city councilors said the municipal government will support the run regardless.

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