SummerFest!: Volleyball, ‘Paint-a-Car’, more entertainment added to street fair

July, 2016 Posted in Community

Like dogs? There’s something for you.

Like food – plenty of it.

Whether you are a car buff, volleyball fan or like theater, or love shopping, there’s something for almost everyone’s taste at the 21st annual Santiam SummerFest.

SummerFest organizers are looking forward to another bustling day of events on Saturday, July 30 along Third Avenue in historic downtown Stayton.

“We’re excited to offer the 21st annual Santiam SummerFest that brings friends and neighbors together to enjoy the sights, smells and activities of an outdoor street fair,” said Kelly Schreiber, President/CEO of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, the organization coordinating the event.

“Fond memories are created at SummerFest as people connect with each other in a way that’s so important in building community spirit and pride,” Schreiber added. “In an age of disconnection with social media, community events such as this bring people together in an essential way.”

SummerFest offers a potpourri of activities, foods and entertainment, including the popular Family Fun Zone, Rotary Ducky Derby, bed races, and the street fair with artisans, craftsmen and groups displaying their products and services they provide for the community. Organizers expect more than 80 booths, including local businesses and organizations, to line Third Avenue.

The live entertainment tent, in its new location between Monte’s Coins and Upward Bound Camp’s office, will open at 10 a.m. with a theater presentation by the Aumsville Community Theater. Day-long performances by dancers and musicians and a lunchtime showcase by Reptile Man will follow, with music continuing until 5 p.m. A variety of food, as well as local brews provided by Santiam Brewery, will be available near the tent.

“Open all day is the Family Fun Zone, an area dedicated to games, rides, activities, and additional food and treat offerings,” Schreiber said. “The alpacas from Marquam Hill Ranch will join us this year, and MADJEK will be back with the rock wall, bouncy house, and more, delivering hours of family entertainment.”

Additional offerings at the Fun Zone this year include a Paint-a-Car project, thanks to Willamette Collision Center and Santiam Towing & Recovery, with proceeds benefiting North Santiam School District art programs.

New this year, thanks to the help of Knife River, Emery & Sons, and the City of Stayton, the Santiam Canyon Volleyball Club will be organizing games throughout the day, and there will open court times available for festival attendees to enjoy a pick up game of volleyball in the sand.

Car buffs will find plenty of interest at the car show, where more than 200 cars line up on the grass at Pioneer Park, just a short distance from downtown. People can take Mill Creek Carriages’ horse-drawn wagon or Mid-Columbia Bus Company’s small-bus shuttle to and from the street fair, the historic Brown House open house and the car show. The shuttles are free, but donations are appreciated.

“At the chamber, we strive to promote local economic vitality and community livability,” Schreiber said. “Stayton, Sublimity, this event is for you!”

Santiam SummerFest’s title sponsor is NW Preferred Federal Credit Union. Major sponsors are: the City of Stayton, Our Town, Pacific Power, Santiam Hospital, Sublimity Insurance, and Boldt, Carlisle and Smith. Supporting sponsors are: Judy Skinner, Lucky Dog Designs, Republic Services, Roth’s Fresh Markets, Stayton Mini Storage, Stayton Builders Mart, and White Water Signs.

“You’re sure to see many friends from the surrounding area as well as out-of-town visitors at this popular festival,” Schreiber said. “There are enjoyable activities available for people of all ages and interests. See you July 30.”

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