Division Street Bazaar helps needy

If you missed their July event in outer East Portland, learn more about their Labor Day Weekend Bazaar coming up …

Here in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, vendors greet visitors during the Paying It Forward Store Division Street Festival.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

With a desire to provide a fun community event, as well as to support the Paying It Forward Store an outer East Portland-based 501c3 non-profit organization – volunteers turned out to put on the first “Division Street Festival” in a field at SE 115th Avenue on July 14 and 15.

“We live nearby, and have noticed this lot, typically used by people selling Christmas trees during the holidays, and it looked like a good place for a community event,” explained Paying It Forward Store founder Jim Anderson.

Staying cool in the shade at the festival is Paying It Forward Store founder Jim Anderson.

“We got in touch with the owners of the property, and they rented it to us for two days. No one ever has done anything here in this field like this before,” Anderson told East Portland News.

The event included live music provided by a dozen bands or artists, a bounce house, and food trucks, in addition to 34 vendors – some of them local craftspeople.

Showing one of her original works for sale is Carrie Kish of Picking Up the Pieces Mosaics.

“Considering the record heat wave, we’ve been doing pretty good, with a steady stream of people coming,” observed Anderson.

“The fundraising aspect is important to help support our organization that’s been helping people right here, in outer East Portland, for about the last three years,” Anderson pointed out.

>> Read about one of their first Paying It Forward Store events: CLICK HERE.

This rockin’ band – Rod Fast and Friends – entertains during the street festival.

Labor Day Bazaar scheduled
On September 1 and 2, come to the Paying It Forward Store Labor Day Bazaar from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Again they’ll have live music, face-painting, vendors, and food trucks with food available for purchase. You’ll find them in the lot at SE 115th Avenue along Division Street; 97266.

To participate, or for more information, email jim@payingitforwardstore.org.

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