Mark your calendar: June 24 is the date for the Parkrose Rose Festival Cruise-in

Watch ’em blow up cars ‚Äì just for the fun of it! See RC race cars blast around the track at 100 mph! View hundreds of the best classic, special interest and hot rod vehicles assembled in one place.  Beeeee there ‚Ķ

Hundreds of all kinds of specialty vehicles are on display at the Parkrose Rose Festival Cruise-in on June 24.

Story and archive photos by David F. Ashton
What’s the ONLY officially-sanctioned Portland Rose Festival event located east of the 82nd Avenue of Roses?

It’s the 5th Annual Rose Festival Cruise-in, on June 24. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Parkrose High School Community Center, 12003 NE Shaver, just west of NE 122nd Avenue.

Gail Bash’s “Blow Up” car competition is always a gas! They run ’em without coolant until they ‚Ķ blow up!

Come see the Parkrose High grassy lawn filled with:
Hotrods – Classic Import Cars
Motorcycles – Special Interest Vehicles
Trucks – Low Riders
… And much more

Wait! There’s more ‚Ķ
In addition to the hundreds of cars on display, vying for trophies in over fifty categories, you’ll find food booths (including wonderful offerings from Chef Edgar of Steamers Restaurant), booths showcasing community services and PBA members’ wares and services.

You’ll find great food, like dishes served up by Chef Edgar of Steamers Restaurant.

Remote Control cars race at speeds of up to 100 mph throughout the day. And, you don’t need a Pit Pass to talk with the drivers and see their cars!

Back again this year is the high performance Remote Car Races. You’ll be amazed to see these cars tear around the track at actual speeds of over 100 mph. Also, there’s an area especially for kids, making this a great family event.

Event provides for scholarships
Each year, the Parkrose Business Association (PBA) uses the Rose Festival Cruise-in to help fund scholarships given by the Parkrose Business Foundation to help area students continue their education after high school.

The foundation grants several $1,000 scholarships each year to deserving Parkrose Area High School students, to help further their college education.

Rex Hollingsworth, Rex Heating and Air Conditioning, is the Event Sponsor. Beyond his financial assistance, he and his team help set up the Cruise-in, run it, and have given the association a trailer to store the event’s supplies!

The Cruise-in receives major financial and logistical support from many PBA members, including the Official Event Sponsor, Rex Heating and Air Conditioning, and major sponsors Bank of America, Parkrose True-Value Hardware, and West Coast Bank. And, Craig Mendenhall of American Sani-Can makes sure there are plenty of their spotless special blue booths, when duty calls.

For more information about the Rose Festival Cruise-in, contact Marsha Lee at (503) 257-3229.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News ~ with help from Jon Turino

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