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PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - The Scappoose Adventure Festival will be held on Sept. 10 — hopefully avoiding the high temps and poor air quality from the 2021 Scappoose Centennial. The first Scappoose Adventure Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 10.

City leaders decided to hold the event after the success of the city's 100-year celebration in 2021.

"We have a bunch of kids activities; we've got a rock wall, mechanical bull, we've got an obstacle course. I believe we're going to be having a mobile paintball pitch coming, and we're going to get some super soakers and Nerf guns," said Isaac Butman, assistant to Scappoose city manager Alexandra Rains and the city lead on the event planning.

There also will be ax throwing among the "adventure and outdoor-focused festivities." Most activities will go throughout the day until dusk, Butman said.

There will be live music, a beer garden and vendors.

The Wieners will headline, as they did at the Scappoose Centennial. The Wieners will play at 9 p.m. The Macey Gard Band will start the live music at 1 p.m. Full Zoo will play at 5 p.m.

Next Adventure, a sponsor of the event, also will be doing outreach at the event, Butman said.

The event is being organized by Treadway Events.

The day will start with a run organized by Run With Neil, a nonprofit supporting youth athletics and mental health, created in memory of Neil Hoffmann, a Scappoose High School student who died in 2020.

The run will offer 1K walk/run and 6K and 10K runs.

The 6K and 10K runs will start at 8 a.m and the 1K starts at 10 a.m. Registration costs between $10 and $45, depending on the course selected. Funds go toward Run With Neil's mission.

The Adventure Festival will be held at Veterans Park on Southwest JP West Road and Captain Roger Kucera Way. However, parking will be available at the city's recently purchased property just north of Veterans Park, which can be accessed from Northwest EJ Smith Road.

The Scappoose Centennial last year had events at both Veterans Park and Heritage Park. This year, "we decided that having one event space was better for everybody, so that everyone can be engaged with everything," Butman said.

Though the main event is on Saturday, the fun will start Friday night with a movie in the park. The 2021 film "Jungle Cruise" will start around dusk. Snacks will be available for purchase.

City leaders hope the event will become an annual occurrence.

"Ideally, that would be the goal, to make this be a recurring event. Obviously, we've got to see how this year goes and what the interest level is. But, so fa, things are looking pretty healthy and pretty good," Butman said.

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