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Saturday's Gervais festival offers fun for whole family


Sidewalk chalk art, 3-on-3 basketball tournament highlight annual event

The fifth annual Gervais Festival is less than a week away and organizers are feverishly preparing to entertain the scores people who will descend on downtown Gervais for the day’s activities.

Although the festival itself does not officially begin until noon, the action begins early, as the Latino Education and Recreation Network’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament kicks off the festivities at 9:30 a.m.

Soon after, artists who wish to participate in the festival’s sidewalk chalk contest can pick up their chalk trays from the Gervais Telephone/DataVision Communications Booth at the center of the event.

No pre-registration is required to purchase trays of 12 or 24 chalk pieces and be assigned a sidewalk square downtown.

Organizers recommend artists come prepared for a day of hard, artistic work, especially considering how unforgiving the ground can be on unguarded joints.

“Bring kneepads or something,” John Kazee, of Gervais Telephone, said. “That concrete can be awful.”

The temperature is expected to top out in the high-80s as well, so organizers recommend a wide-brim hat and several bottles of water.

At noon, the festival officially opens for patrons and vendors, while the basketball tournament expects to wrap up its competition with the championship game.

Entertainment will be available throughout the day, including salsa dancing at 12:30 p.m., a performance by the New History Minstrels Barbershop Quartet at 1 p.m. and a Mario Kart tournament at 1:30 p.m. for the young — or at least young-at-heart.

The Bubble Man provides a child-friendly show with — you guessed it — bubbles at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., while live music will be available at noon and 2 p.m.

Artists must put down their chalk at 2 p.m. to give volunteer judges from the Woodburn Art Center time to choose winners in three categories: Best Gervais Pride, Most Colorful and Most Original.

Each winner will receive a variety of gifts courtesy of businesses in downtown Woodburn. Judging begins at 3 p.m., followed by a traditional Mexican dance demonstration by Ballet Folklorico de los niños de Gervais.

The event concludes at 4 p.m. with a bingo competition at the old police department downtown.

The event is being sponsored by the Gervais Telephone Company, which partners with the French Prairie Community Progress Team, Latino Educational and Recreational Network (LEaRN) and the city of Gervais to put on the festival.

For more information, call Gervais Telephone at 503-792-3611.

Phil Hawkins covers sports and the city of Gervais. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1194.


Gervais Fesitval Schedule

Sept. 6 in downtown Gervais

- 9:30 a.m. – Basketball tournament begins

- 10 a.m. – Artists may begin chalking

- Noon – Festival officially opens, basketball championship game, live music

- 12:30 p.m. – Salsa dancing

- 1 p.m. – New History Minstrels barbershop quartet

- 1:30 p.m. – Mario Kart Tournament, Bubble Man

- 2 p.m. – Chalking is over; Live music

- 3 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico de los ninos de Gervais; Judging

- 3:30 p.m. Bubble Man

- 4 p.m. – Bingo at the old police department