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Events Coordinator Carol Cohen creates city-wide bingo game to promote businesses

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - City-wide bingo game to kick off for all ages on July 10. For one weekend in July every year, thousands flock to Sandy, focusing most of their time on the long-running festival in Meinig Memorial Park. This year, starting July 10, city of Sandy Events Coordinator Carol Cohen hopes to expand the economic benefit of the Sandy Mountain Festival with a city-wide game of bingo.

Cohen received a $4,000 grant, double her asked amount, to implement a community bingo game from the county's Community Partnership Program.

"It's a game very similar to the Main Street games we used at First Fridays," noted city Economic Development Manager Dave Snider.

The idea is that there will be clues given on the board and players must identify and visit the downtown businesses based on the clues.

The games will 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.

"I came up with the idea because there's no longer First Friday," Cohen told The Post. "This is a way to get the people back into the businesses."

Cohen plans to start the game in conjunction with Sandy Mountain Festival, handing out 1,000 cards to visitors and locals alike.

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Squares of the city-wide bingo card will feature clues to businesses players must visit to fill in their board. She intends to make the squares on the cards clues rather than giving the business names to not only make the game more challenging, but because "it gets people into the different businesses."

Cards will be handed out at all Sandy Mountain Festival events, including:

  • The Pet Show at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Sandy Community Campus Track, 17225 Smith Ave.

  • The Bike Derby at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Sandy Community Campus Track, 17225 Smith Ave.

  • The Kids' Parade at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Sandy Grade School, 38955 Pleasant St.

    Cohen will also hand out cards behind City Hall, 17670 Meinig Ave., at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13.

    Only 1,000 cards will be distributed, with chances to win a variety of prizes. Winning is not based on the time cards are turned in, but by a drawing on Monday, Aug. 12. Players have until Friday, Aug. 9, to turn cards in at the following locations:

  • Sandy Community/Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

  • Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., between 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., between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

    The game is sponsored by Clackamas County Bank, the city of Sandy, Best Western Sandy Inn and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.

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