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Free, family festival brings crafts, games, dancing, more to Wilsonville Aug. 3

PMG FILE PHOTO - Sahbin Hong gets a fancy face-painting at the 2018 Fun in the Park event.

For those looking for a family-friendly event this summer, where parents can socialize with neighbors and children can have a rollicking good time, Fun in the Park is designed precisely for you.

The event, which features dozens of activities for kids, live demonstrations, music and performances will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Town Center Park in Wilsonville. Admission is free.

"Most people would charge admission for (an event like this), and most people would be satisfied paying admission because of the high level of fun, but the whole purpose is to provide that fun without (them) paying money," said Brady Mordhorst, Fun in the Park president. "It's such a great time for people to come together and enjoy everyone's company. Nothing separates people at Fun in the Park."

Mordhorst said some key activities will include a host of carnival-style games put on by Grace Chapel, Next Level Chiropractic's game that involves both ping-pong and basketball, and inflatables such as a soccer shootout and a sea creature bounce house.

Mordhorst also said there will be performances by the Innovative Dance academy and Baile FolkLorico De Colores, a program that teaches Mexican dancing.

"It's consistent and people can count on what to expect, but we are also adding a couple of twists here and there to keep it lively and spice it up a bit," Mordhorst said.

And dozens more activities created by local community groups will be available.

"All of those tents are manned or operated by people in the community. It's up to them to create the activity and bring it to the kids," he said.

Additionally, Mordhorst said the T-shirt design contest returned this year. Local elementary school students created designs that represent the ethos of Fun in the Park. The designs that get the most likes on Facebook are printed on T-shirts that are distributed at the event. Boeckman Creek Primary School student Libby Hershman, 8, won this year's contest.

"It's (Hershman's design) very cool, so it will be fun to see that on the shirt," Mordhorst said.

Fun in the Park was created in 2001 to spark community solidarity during a time in Wilsonville when contentious issues such as the siting of a women's prison and the possibility of adding a water treatment plant were dividing the community. Since then, Mordhorst said the event has grown markedly and now attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees each year.

"People are coming from the surrounding communities," he said. "One year we had a family from London come. They visited their grandma just to come to Fun in the Park."

Fun in the Park organizers are looking for volunteers to help plan the event's 2020 iteration. For more information, visit www.funinthepark.com.


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