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Hop Fest: A day to celebrate heroes

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hops inspired the Hubbard Hop Festival, now in its 41st year.After 41 years, the Hubbard Hop Festival has experienced little change, but that’s simply because the Hubbard volunteer firefighters know a good thing when they see it.

This year, the event will again feature a fun run, parade, horseshoe tournament, kids play area, live music and a beer garden.

Fun Run/Walk

Preceding the parade will be the fifth annual fun run, sponsored by North Marion Parents, which can be 10K, 5K or 1K, depending on preference. Visit www.racenorthwest.com to register, or show up at Rivenes Park at 7 a.m. the day of the event, being prepared to take off at 8 a.m.

The children’s 1K event begins at 9 a.m., just before the parade, which has free registration beginning at 8 a.m.

Hubbard on parade

This year’s parade theme, which changes annually, is “Celebrate Your Favorite Superheroes.”

“We thought that would keep it simple,” Hubbard Fire Chief Bill Hansen explained. “It actually was the idea of a volunteer firefighter’s 8-year-old son.”

Awards will be given out to various entries in the parade, including whoever dislays the theme the best.

This year’s parade will be led by grand marshal Tom McCain, who provides the three classic cars that lead the parade.

Those who want to enter the parade must meet at the corner of Third Street and Moonbeam Court.

The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will wind its way through the streets of Hubbard, ending at Rivenes Park.

Rivenes Park activities

That’s when activities go into full swing: Vendors’ booths will open as will the beer garden, which will be open to minors until 6 p.m. That’s when a cover charge of $5 is required for guests 21 and over. The beer garden provides brews from various companies, from Widmer to Budweiser.

The beer garden allows minors during the day so they are encouraged to sign up for the popular horseshoe tournament, which begins at noon and lasts until about 3 p.m.

by: INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The horseshoe tournament is a competitive draw to the annual Hubbard Hop Festival. This year's tournament will be noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.Registration for the horseshoe tournament is $10 and begins at 11 a.m. But organizers said slots fill up fast, so get there early. Trophies are awarded to the top three competitors, and the winner receives a 2014 champion hat — and bragging rights.

While older gentlemen are often the main competitors, women and children are also encouraged to sign up.

If horseshoes don’t interest the kids, however, there are other exciting things going on in the park that will entertain them.

A kids corner will feature a bouncy castle and facepainting by Lotta the Clown. Children’s games officially begin at 1 p.m.

Additionally, as part of a Safety Village, Woodburn and Hubbard fire apparatus will be on hand for children to learn about and explore with helpers on hand.

Live music will entertain throughout the day, starting off with a local favorite: Marion County Citizens Band, based in Mount Angel, start things off from noon to 2 p.m.

The band will be followed by a new group to Hop Fest, Salem-based blues band Bluzotix, which will play from 5 to 7 p.m.

Abandon Stage, a rock cover band from Portland, will return this year to close out the event, taking the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.by: INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Children sample the fare at last year's Hubbard Hop Fest. All vendors support local nonprofits.

Food vendors will stay open until 11 p.m., representing various nonprofits in and around the community.

“It benefits the community as much as us,” Assistant Fire Chief Steven McDermott said. “It all goes back to the community. Whatever it is, it stays in the community for the most part, and if not, then it’s still going to a good cause. This event ensures the viability of our organization and what we do.”

Funds raised at Hop Fest cover the fire district’s scholarship fund, Boy Scout sponsorship and sometimes equipment purchases, among other things. It’s the volunteer firefighters’ only fundraiser of the year.

Raffle roundup

No Hop Fest would be complete without a raffle drawing.

For $1 per ticket, anyone is entered in a drawing to win a Green Mountain Grill (a $759 value), three to four nights at a beach house near Tillamook and an outdoors package. The outdoors package, which is new this year, features camping equipment like a tent, fishing equipment like a pole and shooting equipment like clay targets.

For more information about the raffle or Hop Fest in general, visit www.facebook.com/hubbardhopfest.

Schedule of events

All events from 11 a.m. to midnight are held at Rivenes Park, on the corner of Fourth and D streets.

  • 8 a.m. — Open registration begins for the parade at the corner of Third Street and Moonbeam Court
  • 8 a.m. — 10K Run and 5K Run and Walk
  • 9 a.m. — 1K Kids Run
  • 10-11 a.m. — Parade
  • 11 a.m.-midnight — Beer Garden open (21 and over only with a $5 entry)
  • 11 a.m.-11 p.m. — Food vendors open
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Safety Village open
  • Noon-2 p.m. — Live music by Marion County Citizens Band
  • Noon-3 p.m. — Horseshoe tournament
  • 5-7 p.m. — Live music by Bluzotix
  • 8 p.m.-midnight — Live music by Abandon Stage


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