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Wilsonville celebrates incorporation anniversary with summer block party, including games, food trucks and entertainment

SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - The city block party is family-friendly and full of activities for all ages. For the second year in a row the City of Wilsonville is holding a community-wide "block party" to celebrate summer and everything that makes our town special.

Since 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Wilsonville, the Aug. 22 party also acknowledges the community's history.

"In thinking about 'history,' we each are making it every day," says Steve Van Wechel, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society president. "Our heritage is indeed our past.  New resident or old-time pioneer family — we are all here, so we are each a part of the fabric of Wilsonville, and will be a

part of Wilsonville history."

On hand in Town Center Park from 5-8 p.m. will be entertainment, old-fashioned lawn games, a kiddie train ride, no-host food trucks and opportunities for learning more about city functions.

Families are encouraged to bring their own food or games, if they wish, to enjoy an evening in the park. Musician Nate Botsford will perform and the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society will be offering an interactive display highlighting the area's history and its journey to incorporation.

According to Van Wechel, the society wants to start some conversations — and hopefully not arguments. There will be a display of the names of local streets, parks and landmarks around town, asking people 'How do you pronounce this?' and a game of Wilsonville trivia.

­— The Spokesman

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