One could say there is never a dull moment in Boring, but they'd be lying. The fourth-annual Boring & Dull Day will soon be upon us, and it's shaping up to very Boring and Dull — in the best ways possible.
Several Boring movers and shakers will be present at Boring Station Trailhead Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, and handing out some not-so-boring free ice cream — and Dull, Scotland, will be represented by a welcome from the lively Boring & Dull Pipes & Drum Ensemble.
The annual event celebrates the pairing of the unintentionally mundanely named villages of Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland, and was named an official state holiday in 2012 when then-Gov. John Kitzhaber recognized the link as "A Pair for the Ages."
Through musical performances and speeches, the social gathering showcases the cultures and best qualities of each place in a well-concerted effort to prove that life in Boring as well as Dull is actually quite vibrant.
For Boring, those qualities are most apparent in the generosity of its people.
Members of local nonprofit organizations, such as the Boring, Oregon Foundation, the Sandy VFW Post 4273, the Damascus Kiwanis and the Country Cut-ups Square Dancers will serve the ice cream, and many other government agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses will man information booths.
These are a new addition to the event, which Bates hopes will create a fun space for local people to connect with their county and community institutions, such as Metro regional government, the Clackamas County Fire District No. 1, the Boring-Damascus Community Connection and more.
There also will be a raffle for which all prizes, including the grand prize of $500, were donated by area businesses, along with live music by Ron Reudi and the Hurricanes and hot dogs for purchase from the Boring-Damascus Grange.
"It's a means of trying to keep things local," event coordinator Steve Bates said.
All of the money from the sale of raffle tickets and the much-sought-after Boring & Dull Day commemorative T-shirts also will be put back into the community via the Boring, Oregon Foundation.
The event is a primary fundraiser for the nonprofit group, which in turn supports many community projects, including the building of the Boring Station Trailhead Park and the ongoing project to erect a local Vietnam memorial in Boring.
"We're always looking for more volunteers," Bates noted. "The more volunteers we have, the more projects we can be involved with."
And although the money raised is of great benefit to the organization, the main purpose of the event is to bring community together.
"The most important thing is that people come and enjoy themselves," Bates said. "I want it to be the biggest and best so far. It's the community social in the park with 1,000 scoops of free ice cream. Come get yours!"