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Woodburn to celebrate its 125th


City event will include games, free food and remarks by local historian

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The city of Woodburn turns 125 this year and is celebrating with a free event for the community Sunday.The city of Woodburn turned 125 this year, and the community is gathering Sunday to celebrate.

The event will feature games, music and free food and is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in front of the Woodburn Public Library.

Though a small community had been flourishing at the railroad stop for at least a couple decades earlier, the city of Woodburn was officially incorporated by the Oregon Legislature in 1889.

City Recreation Services Manager Kristin Wierenga said several departments, as well as residents, had expressed interest in some event being put on to commemorate the anniversary.

“We were aware of it, but weren’t sure we should do anything,” she said. “But then, some community members came to us and said, ‘It is our 125th year. Why don’t we have a celebration?’”

She said the town’s history is important to many people in Woodburn, and preserving that history is one of the city’s key values.

“History is what you are, “ she said. “It’s where we came from as a community, and it’s important to reflect on that and celebrate that.”

Wierenga described the planned celebration as an informal, family friendly event with a relaxed atmosphere — a great way to fiddle away the afternoon. Games, will include table tennis, tug of war and ladder ball.

Free hot dogs, cupcakes and music will add to the festive atmosphere. In addition, Mayor Kathy Figley will be on hand to offer introductory remarks, followed by a historical overview of the city by Woodburn Historical Museum Coordinator Donna Gramse.

Wierenga said Gramse will discuss the city’s incorporation as well as some of the highlights of the past 125 years.

The library is located at 280 Garfield St. For more information, contact Wierenga at 503-982-5266.

Tyler Francke covers all things Woodburn. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1195.