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Drinkwine: The Fourth must go on


Fourth of July, Timber Festival needs a new home

by:  ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The Fourth of July/Timber Festival is in need of a new home. Estacada Area Community Events members are still looking for a place to hold the 2014 Fourth and Timber Festival.

Event organizers estimate the 2013 Estacada Fourth of July festivities brought 15,000 people to town. Rooms in the area were booked, restaurants packed and big names such as Peterson CAT rallied to support the Timber Festival.

Developer Mike Park had donated use of the land for the celebration, but the land is no longer available.

“Mike Park has been dynamite,” Dan Skoog, EACE board member told the Estacada News in September. “We want to thank Mike for stepping up, and someone else can step up (now). Estacada’s always stepped up, and we’d like to keep the Fourth of July.”

Nearly everything is in place for the celebration to go on next year — except a new home.

“We’ve got all the sponsors waiting in the wings and ready to go,” Skoog said in September.

He said the equipment is “very portable” and will be easy to set up in a new area.

“We’re good to start up anywhere we have a place to,” Sean Drinkwine, EACE president said in September.

Drinkwine said anyone who donates the use of his or her land for the festival will be able to deduct the value of renting or leasing that land from his or her taxes.

Between 40 and 50 acres in the Estacada area would be ideal.

EACE members had wanted to have a place secured by now, but they are not giving up hope.

“No matter what, even if I get it a month before, I’m going to go with it,” Drinkwine said.

Especially as access will be restricted to Promontory Park this summer, Drinkwine said it’s extremely important to him to preserve the festival, one of the area’s largest tourism draws.

“It’s too big a thing to let go,” Drinkwine said.