Thousands attend West Linn Summer Fun Day at Willamette Park
West Linn Recreation Coordinator Dawn Kolb couldn't put an exact figure on the turnout for the city's Summer Fun Day at Willamette Park Saturday, July 17, but the number of Lion Burgers sold gave her a rough idea.
"The Lions brought 700 burgers and they sold out at like 5 p.m.," Kolb said, adding that her best guess was around 2,000 people stopped by for the event that ran from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. "It was great; it was so much fun. We had a great turnout and everyone was so happy to be out and about."
The single-day event was meant to serve as a stand-in for the traditional Old Time Fair, and Kolb said it was put together in just about three weeks following Oregon's reopening in late June. Many of the usual fair staples were offered as part of Summer Fun Day, including a car show, a water ski performance, a beer garden and fireworks. And there were also some new offerings that proved to be massive hits, according to Kolb — particularly the rock climbing wall and foam pit.
Along with the burgers offered by the West Linn Lion Club, attendees enjoyed food from Spectator Pizza and Yoonique Tea Asian Fusion.
"People missed their pie vendor," Kolb said. "We asked them to return, but it was too fast (of a timeline). Some of our favorite vendors weren't able to make it."
The beer garden featured four musical performances throughout the day, and Kolb said the city decided to open the garden for families this year (typically entry is limited to those who are 21 or older)."(It) was a good move," Kolb said. "Lots of people stayed to watch the fireworks."
The question Kolb heard most throughout the day was "Will the Old Time Fair come back?" And her answer was a resounding "yes."
"It takes months to plan that," she said. "This was more of a nod to the fair … we tried to bring back some of the things that we could."
Some of the newer additions at Summer Fun Day, like the rock climbing and inflatable attractions, might be incorporated in the fair next year.
"There'll be some changes and updates," Kolb said. "We'll come back better next year, 2022."
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