Lents fest celebrates 107 years of community

See how a softball game, parade, festival and a music concert all provide good family fun for folks in the outer East Portland neighborhood …

Celebrating their 12 year of providing lemonade at Lents Founder’s Day in Lents Park – and six decades of serving the community with quality flooring – is the Lansing Linoleum family and crew.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Platted as the Town of Lent in 1899, it was annexed into the city in 1912 – making it one of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods.

Every August, area businesses and neighbors gather to celebrate Lents Founder’s Day. Here’s our photo album of the 2007 activities:

Annual softball game

The City of Portland City Stickers (left side) lead on the scoreboard from the first inning playing against the Lents Neighborhood Rebels. The City Stickers won the game, 24, to 9.

Parade and Festival

During the Founder’s Day Parade, Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams greets people along the SE 92nd Avenue leg of the parade route.

In the Lents Lutheran Community tent, Jose Gomez and Erica Ferguson are slicing up lots of watermelon at Lents Founder’s Day.

Learning about old-time camp cooking skills are Kristine Keller and Kayden.

John and Judy Welch serve up some of the 300 free hot dogs, provided to the event by the New Copper Penny restaurant.

Rubi Gastelum climbs the Portland Parks & Recreation “rock wall” like a champ.

Larry Morrell leads the Providence Stage Band.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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