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Family Day a hit with dozens of children participating in second year of Kids Bake-Off competition

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Five people competed to see who cooked the best chili in Sandy on Sunday, July 9. The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Music, Fair and Feast had the city hopping last weekend. Those who attended enjoyed local and Oregon-native brews, including a few from Sandy's own Bunsenbrewer and Fearless Brewing Co. in Estacada.

New to this year's event was a Family Day sponsored by Leathers Fuels. Sunday, July 9, was dedicated to family fun events, and the first 100 children to enter received goody bags provided by Leathers. The bags went fast, proving a success for the first-time endeavor.

Family Day also saw some friendly competition and showcased some of Sandy's finest bakers and chili makers. Around 30 children came out to battle in the second year of the Kids Bake-Off, with Bella Bennett taking home the title of Best Dessert in Sandy with a gluten-free French berry cake.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Awards were given out for Judge's Choice, Best Dessert in Sandy and Best Presentation at the second ever Kids Bake-off."That was phenomenal how many kids (participated) in the bake-off," Chamber Director Khrys Jones said. "Last year we had seven kids for the bake-off, and this year we had just under 30."

Cassiday Cook also won over the judges for Judge's Choice with some scrumptious pie bars and Makenna Welch blew her fellow bakers out of the water for Best Presentation with some vanilla bean cakes topped with intricate buttercream cacti.

City of Sandy Economic Development Manager David Snider gave a tasty effort, but ended up handing his title of Best Chili in Sandy over to 80 20 Fine Foods owner Joe Silliman, who competed in the Chili Cook-Off this year for his first time. Silliman also beat out the competition for Judge's Choice with his Five Meat Chili, and City Manager Kim Yamashita swooped in to take the Chef's Choice award.

"I think the family day was my favorite (part)," Jones added. "It was nice to do that."

She explained earlier that the chamber has wanted to a family day at the Music, Fair and Feast for years, and funding from Leathers Fuels this year made it possible.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The Rae Gordon Band, a blues group from Oregon, closed out the show at the 2017 Sandy Music, Fair and Feast. 
Throughout the weekend, multiple bands played the Centennial Plaza stage, such as Hit Machine, NW Sugar Shakers and the blues group Rae Gordon Band finished off the event and even helped announce raffle winners.

This year's raffle was in honor of former chamber director Kristy Wheeler, who died last year after battling cancer. Though the original intention was to use the proceeds from the raffle to donate to a larger cancer-related charity, Jones said the chamber has decided to keep the funds local and donate them to a Sandy family with a loved one fighting stage-four cancer.

The raffle raised about $125 for what has been dubbed the Chamber Cares Fund.

"It isn't a lot, but if it helps put meals on the table for someone who's going through something rough in town (it's worth it)," Jones said. "Next year (when) we do it we'll hopefully grow bigger and we can do more."

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