Fabulous 4th: Pancakes, parades, fun runs and fireworks planned

July, 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink, Nature, News, Other

By Mary Owen

Wave those sparklers and get ready to celebrate!

Fourth of July events will be held up and down the Santiam Canyon, including Stayton, whose theme this year is “Still the Greatest Generation.”

Kicking off the celebrations is the Stayton Eagles Fun Run Pancake Breakfast, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Stayton Community Center. Stayton Fire Department volunteers will help with the cooking, organizers said. Bottled water and Stayton High Eagle shirts will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the Stayton High School graduation class of 2019 to help fund senior events. Cost is $7. Pay in advance and skip the line at www.staytonfunrun.com.

A Race Day Scout Flag Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the check-in site will start the Fourth off right, organizers said.

The Old Time Fourth of July Fun Run & Walk, organized by Stayton Boy Scout Troop 50 with help from the Stayton Roadrunners, will have a 3K walk/run,
5K trail run and 10K run.

“Both the runs and walk of this event will take place on both asphalt and cross-country surfaces,” said Dave Phelps. “The miles are marked, and the courses are excellent for the competitive runner. There will be a prize for the most patriotically dressed runner!”

Registration and check-in begins at
8 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Stayton Community Center. Participants not pre-registered by July 1 will pay a $15 entry fee at registration. Ribbons will be given to the top male and female finishers, and included in the entry fee are Gallagher Fitness Resources drawings. Chip timing provided by Athletic Timing.

The Grand Parade, presented by the Stayton Loyal Order of Moose, begins at 4 p.m. starting at and returning to Regis Street. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m. in front of Regis High School. The entry fee is $15, and entry forms are available at the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, staytonevents.com, Stayton City Hall, or e-mail stayton4thparade.com. Entries that are lined up by 2:30 p.m. will be judged and ribbons will be awarded before the parade.

Evening events will take place on the Stayton High School football practice field, starting at 6 p.m. with live music and kid’s games. Treats will be sold from 6 to 10 p.m., including dinner fare and snacks.

At 10 p.m., the 30- minute Stayton Lions Club fireworks display will dazzle the crowd. Donations can be made at the registration desk for the parade, or mailed to Stayton Lions Club, 4th of July,
P.O. Box 98, Stayton, OR 97383.

No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets will be allowed on the school grounds. Viewers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets

For more information or to get involved, send an e-mail to stayton4thparade@

Mill City celebrates “Come Home for the Fourth” on July 3-4 at Kimmel Park.

“The community is celebrating 62 years of festivities,” said Melinda Flatman, president of the Mill City Fourth of July Committee. “We hope people near and far will come participate in the celebration!”

The festival grounds open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. each day. North Santiam Eagles #3384 hosts this year’s Beer Gardens, which runs 5-10 p.m. Food provided by Poppa Al’s Famous Hamburgers.

A community dance will close the day’s festivities 7-10 p.m. July 3 with live music by Thunder Road. On the Fourth, High Deductibles will play at 1:30-3:30 p.m. followed by CottonFoot at 7 p.m. to dusk.

Festivities on the Fourth kick off with the Lions Club Breakfast at 7-11 a.m. at the North Santiam Eagles, 640 SW Broadway St. On the menu are pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. Adults are $6, children 12 and under, $4, and children 2 and under, free.

Activities, booths, crafts, food and displays open at 9 a.m. A horseshoe tournament starts at 10 a.m. with check-in at 9:30. Bring your own horseshoes. Old Fashioned Games start at 3:30 p.m., including sack and three-legged races.

The Rick Posekany Memorial 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk takes place at 9 a.m., with check in at 8 a.m. at Santiam High School. Adults are $25 and youth under 18, $25. A T-shirt is included with advance registration.

The Grand Parade begins at noon, with a line up equestrians, floats, cars, emergency vehicles and big rigs. The theme this year is “Come Home for the Fourth.” This year’s Grand Marshal is Ted Johnson.

The parade starts at the intersection of SW Linn Place and SW 8th Avenue and ends at Kimmel Park. Check in and late registration are at 9 a.m., judging at 11 a.m.

Presented by the Mill City Volunteer Fire Department, the fireworks will shoot off at dusk, around 10 p.m.

For more information, call 503-897-4943 or 503-871-4886, or visit the Mill City 4th Celebration Facebook page.

Detroit Lake will host Fireworks Over the Lake festivities on Saturday, July 7, with a fireworks display at dusk over the lake.

“People fill the day with boating, hiking, sunning, socializing and getting ready for an exciting evening,” said Dean O’Donnell, with the Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association. “We expect thousands to come to watch the fireworks.”

July 6, people can enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs at the annual pre-fireworks extravaganza and fundraiser, 5-11 p.m. at Forest Street and Detroit Avenue, at the old KC’s four-way stop. Never 2 Late, will perform. The barbecue is children and family-friendly. Donations accepted. Questions can be directed to Sandi Elwood at 503-881-5226.

Organizers encourage viewers to dress warmly and carry a high-power flashlight to get around.

Following Fireworks Over the Lake will be the Detroit Lake Water Ski Show with a team from Portland Water Spectacular, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that regularly performs in Oregon and California. The show will take place on July 28 and 29 at the lake.

For more information, e-mail dlraba@hotmail.com or visit http://detroitlakeoregon.org.

Sublimity First Tuesdays in the Park: July 3 and Aug. 7

Sublimity will host its 7th annual First Tuesday at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 and Aug. 7 at Church Park by St. Boniface, across from Sublimity School.

Vendors will offer items from home-based businesses, food and more. Live music will be presented at 6-8 p.m. at each event, with Tony Graham performing on the 3rd  and Rock-N-Toll Cowboys on the 7th. Bring blankets and lawn chairs!

The August First Tuesday will be combined with National Night Out, which is hosted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the city, according to city officials.

Sublimity is also showing movies in the park on July 14 and Aug. 18 in the Church Park at dusk.

Vendors can still participate by picking up a vendor application at the Sublimity City Hall. For more information, call 503-769-5475.

Aumsville Saturday Market: Second Saturdays through September

For the eighth year, Aumsville will hold Second Saturday Market events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8 in the City Hall parking lot and Tower Park under the water tower.

“We have had some amazing vendors take part in our Saturday Market events over the years, and without them, there would be no event,” said Colleen Rogers, city clerk and Saturday Market coordinator. “We want them to know that we appreciate how much time, effort and money that it takes to participate. These entrepreneurs are out there doing what they love to do. That is what America is all about!”

Visitors will find a variety of fresh produce and garden products, yard art, photography, crafts and artisans, and food vendors.

Rogers invites people to stop by the Aumsville Corn Festival booth to find out all the fun things in the works for this year’s 50th anniversary festival.

“You will also have the opportunity to visit our history museum during Saturday Market events,” she said. “Great time to soak up some local history!”

A list of vendors can be found on the city’s Facebook page. Vendor applications are available on the city’s website at www.aumsville.us under Saturday Market or by calling Rogers at 503-749-2030.

Summer Saturday Movies are: Sand Lot, July 7; Nut Job 2, July 14; Brother Bear, July 21; and Peter Rabbit, July 28. Movies start at dusk, around 8:45 p.m., at Porter Boone Park.

Also coming 4-6:30 p.m. on July 21 is Family Saturday with Backyard Camping in the Park. The “campout” will be held in Porter Boone Park, with such fun as “walking tacos,” the gourmet S-mores bar, and a teepee tent contest. All the fun is free, including the free drawing at the end of the day (must be present to win). 


The ninth annual Historic Silver Falls Day is back with two days of festivities, July 14 and 15.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday in the South Falls Historic District with demonstrations and displays, including Model T and Model A antique cars, antique logging tools, flint knapping, horse-shoe making, yarn spinning and weaving demonstrations. Antique car display is Saturday only, with all others on Sunday as well as Saturday. No farrier this year, and Mill Creek Carriages will bring draft horses on Sunday for logging demonstrations and wagon rides.

“Families will have fun participating in old-fashioned games,” said Lou Nelson, with Friends of Silver Falls, the presenters of the event. “There will also be story telling of historic days in the area, and the Nature Store will have gifts for sale.”

New this year is the Silver Falls Lumberjack Breakfast, 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the South Falls Lodge Theater and Courtyard. On the menu are hotcakes, bacon, coffee or orange juice. A $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds support educational programs at Silver Falls State Park.

“Visitors can have breakfast in a logging camp setting, and will be served by real life loggers!” said Kim Maley, interpretive park ranger. “This is a pilot year for this, so we have limited it to 100 visitors, and hope to expand next year depending on this year’s success. We are all very excited about this and anticipate it being fun for all!”

A miniature canoe race on both days will celebrate Al Faussett’s 1928 canoe trip over the South Falls. First-, second- and third-place finishes will receive prizes, Nelson added.

“And the Friends of Silver Falls will have a booth at the event,” she said. “Come and see what we’re all about.”

Silver Falls State Park is located on Highway 214 between Stayton and Silverton.

Admission to event activities is free, but a day-use parking permit is required to park at Silver Falls. Visitors can purchase a one-day permit for $5 or an annual permit for $30.

For a detailed event schedule, visit Silver Falls’ Blog under “Historic Silver Falls Day” in the events tab at www.SilverFallsStatePark.wordpress.com.

For more information, call Nelson at 503-581-4155 or e-mail louise69@toast.net or call Ranger Matt Palmquist or Ranger Kim Maley at 503-874-0201.

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