Community Fair on SE 82nd previews a summer of fun

See why we believe the Community Fair at Eastport Plaza was simply first of the many great outdoor events Portlanders love to attend in the summertime. Wow! There’s a lot of great photos in this story you’ll enjoy …

Members of the “Get-a-Life Band” majorettes squad entertains, while their mobile band plays rock-and-roll favorites.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
After the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade concluded, many of those who watched it came to the Community Fair at Eastport Plaza, looking for even more fun.

They weren’t disappointed! The Community Fair on April 24 featured live music, martial arts demonstrations, belly dancers, comedic strolling characters, balloon twisters and pony rides – all free of charge.

Dianne Gill, General Manager of Eastport Plaza – which was host to the Community Fair – says that families need some good, old-fashioned, free family fun these days. She stands in front of the Cruise-in as the cars assembled.

“We love hosting the Community Fair,” explained Eastport Plaza’s Manager, Dianne Gill, “because it helps reinvigorate the community. We know that times are tough these days. This event allows neighbors to ‘take a breath’ and have some family-oriented fun.”

The fair also featured 45 community and business information booths. And, Ted’s Classic Cars worked with Cinema Classics Car Club to put on a cruise-in, featuring more than 70 unique vehicles.

Take a look at all the fun folks had at this spring festival!

2010 Eastport Community Fair Photo Album

In addition to this, the Get-A-Life Band, the River City Band, and the Robert Gray Middle School also serenaded fairgoers.

Booths provided information about neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, and commercial enterprises.

SUBWAY “sandwich artist” Charity Hefner greeted us, as Gracie Stine offered fairgoers free, fresh, hot cookies.

Brandon Ha, martial arts dojo US West Tae Kwondo, smashed one board after another in this demonstration.

Carolyn Heassler appeared to enjoy the silly fun provided by roving entertainer “Clem” (who, in a parallel universe is known physical comedian, Albert Alter).

George Knudson polished up his yellow 1930 Model A ford at the Ted’s Classics Car Cruise-in.

Folks had the opportunity to look over more than 70 classic and specialty interest vehicles at the Community Fair’s cruise-in.

Portland Police Bureau officers welcomed guests to inspect the “Mobile Precinct” – and hand out “honorary cop” stickers.

Demonstrating dance Orientale, “Jaleilah” stopped fairgoers with her colorful performance.

BJ the Clown attracted a crowd with his comic quips – and deft balloon twists.

Everyone loved the pony rides!

Cindy Drajowski nimbly climbs this wall – like a John Deere tractor going uphill in low first gear.

FunTastic Rides provided great carnival attractions that thrilled the little ones.

Since being constructed in its original configuration in 1960, Eastport Plaza has had a long history in this area. Look for more fun events this summer, as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary. To visit their website, CLICK HERE.

© 2010 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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