It's the moment Scappoose residents have been waiting 100 years for: the Scappoose Centennial anniversary of the city's incorporation in 1921.
Scappoose is celebrating a century of cityhood this Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, with free community celebrations and events. A pavilion at Heritage Park will showcase Scappoose's past, present and future, a fun run and parade will get residents moving, and live entertainment will be provided by popular bands like Hit Machine and Sweetwater.
Vendors and booths open at 10 a.m. in Heritage Park, and 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday in Veterans Park. The latter park will also feature a beer garden operated by the St. Helens Elks Lodge on both days.
At Heritage Park, a centennial opening ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Friday. The Scappoose High School choir will perform.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Heritage Park will also feature a costume and dance party themed around the classic 1978 film "Grease," starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, followed by an outdoor screening of the movie. Audience members are encouraged to sing along.
From Veterans Park at 8 a.m. Friday, a 6K and 10K run/walk will kick off, followed by a 1K "fun run" beginning at 10 a.m. "Run for Neil" honors the memory of Neil Hoffmann, a beloved student at Scappoose High School who died last year. Money raised from the run/walk will go toward track improvements at the school, where Hoffmann was an accomplished runner.
Staging for the big centennial parade begins at 9 a.m. in the field north of Veterans Park. The parade will begin at 11 a.m., led by longtime Scappoose residents Cliff and Wanda Bauer and Frank Weber. Cliff Bauer and Frank Weber are U.S. Navy veterans; Weber served in the Pacific theater during World War II. Local radio personality Melinda Bernert will announce the parade, which will feature a variety of vehicles, floats and more.
The parade will travel along First Street, then Maple Street and then Fourth Street, concluding at Scappoose Middle School.
And there's more. A cornhole tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Park. Classic cars will cruise down U.S. Highway 30 beginning at noon Saturday, followed by a Show & Shine Car Show at 1 p.m. in Veterans Park. For anyone who missed Friday's ceremony at Heritage Park, another will be held at 1 p.m. at Veterans Park as well.
Heritage Park is located at 52469 S.E. Second St. in Scappoose, near City Hall and the Scappoose Public Library.
Veterans Park is located at 52590 Captain Roger Kucera Way, on the west side of Scappoose.
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