Educator, recent high school grad will be parade grand marshals on Saturday, Aug. 6
Gladstone Community Festival returns Aug. 5 and 6 for the first time since 2019, bringing five live bands to Max Patterson Park.
Celebrating the spirit of Gladstone, the festival has been a treasured tradition since the city’s first Chautauqua gathering in July 1894. The fun includes a beer garden, free viewing of “Encanto,” parade, free bounce houses, bingo, food vendors, a marketplace , watermelon eating and pie-baking contests.
“Live music is the heart of our event,” said festival chair Bryce Colson.
Friday performances include the bluegrass band Fadin’ by 9 and indie pop band The Casimir Effect. Saturday features The Beat Goes On, Bridgetown Morris Men, and classic rock bands Paradox and The Fabulous Badcats.
Other Gladstone events this weekend include the Kiwanis pancake breakfast, a three-day pickleball tournament, giant used book sale at John Wetten Elementary, Friday’s Gladstone High School’s multi-class reunion at Happy’s Bar & Grill, and a classic-car show Sunday on Portland Ave.
“Since its first Chautauqua in 1894, Gladstone has found fun ways to bring our community together,” Colson said. “After the isolation of the pandemic, this year we need that connection more than ever.”
parade grand marshals
The Gladstone Community Festival selected Lori Buchanan and Dy Sammis as grand marshals for the Gladstone Parade.
Lori Buchanan has been an educator in Gladstone Schools since 1989. She was both a teacher and vice principal at Kraxberger Middle School and served most recently as vice principal at John Wetten Elementary. Buchanan retired this year, loved by students, families and school staff.
Dy Sammis is a 2022 graduate of Gladstone High School and won a 2021 Amazing Kids Award from Pamplin Media Group. After the 2021 ice storm, Sammis volunteered countless hours to help neighbors with yard cleanup. Sammis has also been a strong supporter of classmates in the LGBTQ community.
“These community leaders represent the strengths of Gladstone,” said Rotary President Leslie Robinette. “Supporting kids and helping our neighbors is what we’re all about.”
Gladstone Community Festival
When: Friday-Saturday, Aug. 5-6
Where: The parade begins at 10 am Saturday, starting at Gladstone High School and ending at the festival site, Max Patterson Park, 450 E. Exeter St.
Major sponsors: Rotary Club of Gladstone/Oak Lodge, Water Environment Services, the Gladstone Seniors Foundation, Toyota of Gladstone, the Gladstone Education Foundation, Brian Sutton of Edward Jones and the city of Gladstone.
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