The Rip City Rally and Fair, which is free to the public, takes place at McCormick Park in St. Helens.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - St. Helens Mayor Rick Scholl alongside Blaze, the Blazer mascot and Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, from Moda Health, at the 2021 dedicatoin of playground equipment at McCormick Park. Portland Trail Blazers fans in Columbia County will soon be able to show their Blazer spirit.

The NBA team will be holding a Rip City Rally and Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at McCormick Park in St. Helens.

The Blazers and sponsor Moda Health are inviting the community to the free family event. Visitors can win prizes and play basketball on a temporary sports court.

The St. Helens Parks and Recreation Department will also have a booth set up with information about

recreational opportunities in the St. Helens area.

The Blazers are embarking on a weeklong tour through cities in Oregon and Washington. The hope is to bring Northwest communities together to showcase the team as more than just a Portland team.

The rally and fair will feature Blazers alumni and broadcasters, the 1977 championship trophy, prizes, and basketball games. A long-running tradition, the event has been held in a similar form in 33 cities over a seven-year period.

St. Helens has a special connection with the Blazers.

St. Helens was the winner of the annual Moda Assist Program, as determined by community voting, in 2020. Through that program, the Blazers and Moda Health awarded St. Helens a $37,000 grant to help build an all-abilities playground at McCormick Park in 2021.

The playground equipment was officially dedicated Aug. 7, during Citizens Day in St. Helens. Mayor Rick Scholl attended the ribbon cutting, with a special appearance by Blaze, the Blazers' mascot.

The first regular-season home contest for the Blazers will be Friday, Oct. 21, against the Phoenix Suns.

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