Bingo! Festival another winner
For months, many if not most of Sandy residents young and older have awaited the return of Kiwanian ice cream bars, collecting candy and mingling with friends at the parade and perusing the booths in Meinig Memorial Park.
Their patience was rewarded this past weekend, July 13-14, when the 47th annual Sandy Mountain Festival served up activities for all to enjoy.
The event kicked off with a pet show on Wednesday, followed by a kids' bike derby and parade. By Wednesday, chairs had popped up along Pioneer Boulevard ahead of the parade, and Thursday the street was full of excitement from both children and adults.
New for the city this year was a community-wide bingo game that commenced the week of festival. Keeping the fun alive and the business district busy, the game, in which players identify and visit downtown businesses based on clues from the bingo board, will continue through Friday, Aug. 9.
With help from a county grant, city of Sandy Events Coordinator Carol Cohen implemented the bingo game with the goal of expanding the festival's economic benefit.
"I came up with the idea because there's no longer First Friday," Cohen said. "This is a way to get the people back into the businesses."
"It's a game very similar to the Main Street games we used at First Fridays," noted Dave Snider, the city's economic development manager.
The games include opportunities to play a regular bingo game and only fill out five consecutive squares, a pattern game and a blackout version where players must fill every square. Having clues rather than business names make the game more challenging while getting people into different businesses.
Only 1,000 cards were to be distributed, with chances to win a variety of prizes still possible. Winning is not based on the time cards are turned in, but by a drawing on Monday, Aug. 12.
Cards can still be picked up at several downtown businesses or the Sandy Community Center, 38982 Pioneer Blvd.
Players can turn cards in at the following locations:Sandy Community/Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; or 1-5 p.m. Sunday Sandy City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
The game is sponsored by Clackamas County Bank, city of Sandy, Best Western Sandy Inn and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.
Judges found the following entries to stand out in this year's Sandy Mountain Festival Parade:
third place: Geren's Farm Supply
second place: Sandy Adventist Health
first place: Wippersnappers
third place: Rigert Elite
second place: US World Class Taekwondo
first place: Sandy School of Dance
third place: Clackamas Federal Credit Union
second place: Oregon Realty / Chelsea Quinn
first place: Student Transportation of America
third place: Adventist Church
second place: Sandy FFA
first place: Muttsketeers 4-H Dog Club
third place: Pack 248 Boy Scouts
second place: Sandy High School Cheer
first place: Sandy Youth Football & Cheer
third place: Sandy Lions Club
second place: Mt. Hood National Forest/Smokey Bear
first place: City of Sandy Transit Bus
first place: Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court
third place: Duane Kaiser
second place: Ryan Crutcher
first place: Gambler 500
third place: Jamie Burdick
second place: Mt. Hood Cigar
first place: Todd Kirnan (Mr. Gresham)
The Lynn Ellis Memorial Award for best civic community entry went to the Sandy Public Library. The Grand Marshal's Award for best equestrian (three or fewer) went to Charles Brown. The Joan Parker Memorial Queen's Trophy for best commercial entry went to Burns Feed Store. The Mayor's Trophy for best overall use of theme went to Harmony Orthodontics Dentistry.
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