Blender Dash to kick off major Tualatin festival events
After a two-year hiatus, the Blender Dash, one of Tualatin's major fun summertime events, returns to Tualatin Community Park June 4.
The annual event, which is a race that includes color-powder throwing, foam, mud, an obstacle course and even zombies, is open to young people ages 5 through 15.
The Blender Dash was first held in 2016, with some 454 participants, said Julie Ludemann, Tualatin's recreation manager.
"Participation increased each year, ending with 2019 when we (had) over 1,000 kids participate," Ludemann added.
The event opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. on June 4, with the first heat set for 10 a.m. Participants will determine the amount of time they want to take to complete that course.
The route includes the ever-popular foam machine, which spews out a continuous stream of foam, as well as a mud pit for those who don't mind getting messy.
"The course for this year is still under development but will likely be around 1 to 1.5 miles," said Ludemann. "We will also have the amazing 80-foot inflatable arena for kids to run through provided by our sponsor Impact Action Sports, as well as three 20-foot-long tubes for kids to crawl through, provided by our sponsor Perlo Construction."
Tualatin held its ¡Viva Tualatin! event last summer during the pandemic, although it was spread over three days at three separate locations in an effort to control crowd sizes and for better social distancing. Several Concerts in the Parks were held, too. But the Blender Dash will be one of the bigger events to return in Tualatin since the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out many popular events and festivals. Anyone who registers before May 2 will get a $5 discount from the $25 entry fee.
One event that will not be returning is the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. In March, city officials announced that the long-running festival, which included a crawfish-eating contest, had been discontinued. The event, whose 2020 and 2021 seasons were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was determined to no longer be viable. The festival started in 1951.
However, the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, is a go.
The pandemic had canceled the Pumpkin Regatta for the last two years as well. Regatta activities include a Saturday pumpkin weigh-off at Stickmen Brewing Co. The Sunday event includes the pumpkin races, where participants, most dressed in wacky costumes, race around Tualatin Lake of the Commons in giant carved-out pumpkins. The regatta draws thousands of spectators to the city over the two-day period.
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