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108th Lebanon Strawberry Festival

June 1st - June 4th, 2017 Wednesday, May 24th Queen’s Coronation May 24 – 7:00 p.m. Lebanon High School Auditorium, 1700 S 5th St Reception following thursday, June 1 Carnival – Davis Amusement, Cascadia 4:00 p.m. – Close Cheadle Lake Park Open-Air Country Fair 4:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Food and Craft Booths Photo Booth 4:00 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Entertainment – Bring your Camera Hollywood Studios 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #1 Entertainment – Dance – Youth Adult Karaoke (preliminary round) 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #2 Entertainment Ages 18 and older Friday, June 2 Junior Parade 2:30 p.m. Begins at 2nd and Maple St. then North on Main St. All Day Photo Fun All day till dark Cheadle Lake Park Entertainment Carnival – Davis Amusement, Cascadia 3:00 p.m. – Close Cheadle Lake Park

Flower, Quilt, and Art Display 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. IOOF Hall, corner of Ash and Main Presented by the Lebanon Garden Club

Worlds’s Largest Strawberry Short Cake Served at the festival site after the parade; Approximately 1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

Open-‐Air Country Fair 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Food and Craft Booths

Open – Air Country Fair 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Food and Craft Booths

Bush Pilots 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Entertainment – Band

Carnival – Davis Amusement, Cascadia 1:00 p.m. – Close Cheadle Lake Park

Lebanon High School Jazz Ensemble 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Entertainment – Band – Youth

Kids Karaoke Contest 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #2 Ages 17 and under

Men From S.U.R.F. 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park saturday June 3 (entek day at the Festival) All Day Photo Fun All day till dark Cheadle Lake Park Entertainment – Bring your Camera Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Linn Lanes parking lot Flower, Quilt, and Art Display 9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m. IOOF Hall, corner of Ash and Main Presented by the Lebanon Garden Club Strawberry Run/Walk 9:30 a.m. 5K run at 10:00 a.m. Starts and Main and Vine Street Grand Parade 11:00 a.m. Staging at Walmart parking lot Parade route on map

Open – Air Country Fair 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Food and Craft Booths Cascades Performing Arts 12:45 – 2 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #1 Entertainment – Dance – Youth Adult Karaoke Final 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #2 Entertainment Ages 18 and older Community Worship Service

6:00 p.m. The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy

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Adult Karaoke Semi – Finals 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #2 Ages 18 and older Ludicrous Speed 9:00 p.m. – 12 a.m. Cheadle Lake Park Festival Entertainment Stage #1 Entertainment - Band Fireworks Display At Dusk Cheadle Lake Park Entertainment sunday June 4 Carnival – Davis Amusement, Cascadia 12:00 p.m. – Close Cheadle Lake Park PRE-SALE CARNIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Oregon State Credit Union-Lebanon $25 pre-sale price $30 on site

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‌ elcome to the 108th anW nual Strawberry Festival. This year’s theme is Strawberry Campin’ and the Strawberry Festival is close to the unofficial kickoff of camping season after Memorial Day weekend. Feeling up for an adventurous treat we’ve stumbled upon for toasted marshmallow strawberries. That’s right! You dip a strawberry in marshmallow fluff, and roast it over the campfire. While we’re unsure about how well this will actually taste, if you decide to try it let us know how it went. But before you head off into the woods, enjoy the weekend as it’s a carefree time of fun and frolic, and of course there’s strawberry shortcake (it is the world’s largest). Traditions return such as the Grand and Junior parades, the open air fair and carnival. The strawberry princesses will grace us with their presence whether on a float or serving you shortcake. As you can see on this page, Strawberry Plaza will open this weekend. So check out the newly renovated small park, formerly mural park, or grab a cold beer (or root beer) from Conversion Brewing to celebrate. Enjoy the weekend and this wonderful time of year. We know we will! The section was written by Matt DeBow, of the Lebanon Express, and Alex Paul of the Albany Democrat Herald. The cover photo was designed by Daniel Morgan, and the cover photo was taken by David Patton of the Democrat Herald.

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emetrius Scott cleared a handful of rock with a claw hammer and then pounded a nail through a form support into a wooden two-by-four at the Strawberry Plaza under construction at 847 S. Main. The foreman for Briese Custom Concrete was working alone, prepping forms for an exposed concrete ribbon to be poured later. “It’s going to be very nice,” said Scott, who has lived 39 of his 42 years in Lebanon. Scott added that he hopes the plaza will entice more businesses to move to downtown Lebanon. A grand opening of Strawberry Plaza will follow the Strawberry Festival Junior Parade that starts at 2:30 p.m. on June 2. Amos True and the Easy Targets will provide live music, light refreshments will be served and the community totem pole renovated by City Manager Gary Marks will be unveiled. The $250,000 project to turn what had been a rundown pocket park into the center space of the Lebanon business district is being paid for from the city’s transient room tax, according to Marks. The project came out of the city’s extensive 2040 visioning process that solicited the opinions of community members from all areas of the community and walks of life. Marks said the former Mural Park has been renamed Strawberry Plaza, reflective of its new status and purpose. “It’s going to be a gathering place,” Marks said. “And, it’s going to be a fo-

rum for community art. There will be six four-byeight panels on the north and south walls that we hope local artists will keep filled. We plan to rotate one panel every two months.” The plaza features a mixture of concrete and steel, but also extensive woodwork, reflecting the community’s history as a timber town and when the area itself was home to blacksmith shops and livery stables. Marks has spent months refurbishing a Native American totem pole that stood for decades in the park. The process has been a true labor of love since the large wooden pole had been damaged by extensive rot. “I think this is going to be a fabulous addition to the downtown area and to the community as a whole,” Marks said. “Community members want to emphasize downtown and to make this plaza the heart of the community. I really believe the community is going to fall in love with this place.” Marks said the plaza includes a stage where “art of all kinds — literature, music — can be featured.” Marks said photos of the historic murals that hung in the park for many years will be included in a kiosk. The back wall of the plaza will include a large metalscape of the Cascade Mountains. The park will include a water feature shaped like a strawberry that has been handcrafted by Chris Kopp Metalworks, located a couple doors down from the plaza. Kopp spent about 200 hours crafting the 48-inch tall strawberry out of 14 pieces of aluminum. The park design was by

Stangeland & Associates. On-site work has been by J Fair Construction and Briese Custom Concrete. “Our community spoke loud and clear in the Lebanon 2040 Vision,” Mayor Paul Aziz said. “They wanted downtown to be revitalized and be the heart of the community, a gathering place. Strawberry Plaza is our first step towards that goal.” Aziz added, “Our downtown is in the process of a transformation and StrawberryPlaza is one of the first big steps. I have always wanted to see our downtown become vibrant and active again, and we are on our way to make that happen.”

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BLT named Grand Marshall BLT invites anyone to walk with them at the lead of the Grand Parade


Artist’s rendering of what the new Strawberry Plaza will look like.

CONVERSION BREWING to add outdoor seating in Strawberry Plaza


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‌ he Lebanon City counT cil passed two ordinances at its March 22 that are both designed to help Conversion Brewing have outdoor seating in Strawberry Plaza when the plaza opens. An ordinance was passed in 2005 created a permitting system for cafés and restaurants to use public sidewalks for outdoor seating areas, said city attorney Tre Kennedy. The purpose of the new amendment expands the location to other public places, such as parks. “Strawberry Plaza is being constructed in a fashion that provides for outdoor seating for Conversion Brewing, a business that is adjacent to the Plaza,” Kennedy said in a memo to city council. “This council has previously supported the inclusion of an outdoor seating area for Conversion Brewing. Ultimately, Conversion Brewing will need permission from the OLCC for alcohol to be consumed

in the outdoor seating area. OLCC will require certain measures, including fencing and security, as part of its approval process.” Kennedy said the amendment was needed because the city was running into the issue of allowing alcohol in city parks. The amendment changes so that businesses may apply for permits to allow alcohol in city parks as part of an outdoor seating area. The city council unanimously signed a lease agreement with conversion brewing to establish that seating area. At the meeting Kennedy explained that if the city considered it as leasing they would have charged too much. Since it is similar to applying for a outdoor seating area, the lease agreement will be $50 per year, which is what a permit costs for an outdoor seating area. Matt Cowart who was in the audience said he was in


uild Lebanon Trails was named the Grand Marshall of the Lebanon Strawberry Festival Grand Parade, and BLT is inviting anyone to join them for parade. BLT president Rod Sell said it was a surprise to be named as the Grand Marshall of the parade, and this year’s theme of “Strawberry Campin’” fits with the mission of Build Lebanon Trails. “Because we’re all about hiking, and hiking usually has to do with camping,” Sell said. “We walk in the parade every year, but this year is pretty special, but whoever joins them gets to walk at the front of the parade. How often do you get to do that?” Following behind BLT will be Lebanon Senior First Citizen Jim Mckinnon, who is a BLT board member as well. Thad and Joanne Nelson, BLT members sat down with the Lebanon Express to talk about the honor. “It’s a good way to get more information out about our trail system, and what we’re doing,” Joanne said. BLT members are working on constructing a connection from the north end of River Park on Grant St. to the South end of Cheadle Lake. BLT was founded with the goal of creating 50-miles of trails in Lebanon. “We’re starting to connect all the dots,” Sell said. This summer BLT will offer a bike tour through all the trails in Lebanon even if they’re not paved. “It’s going to be 12 to 14 miles, you start thinking how small Lebanon is, but once you start hitting where all the trails are proposed it

From left to right pictured are BLT president Rod Sell, board members Jim McKinnon, Joanne Nelson and Thad Nelson. turns out to be about a three hour ride,” Sell said. “It’s open to anyone who wants to be there. We encourage a wider tire bicycle.” The event will cover areas of proposed trails so the ride will create a picture of the en-

tire trail system, he said. “When you go from place to place you really get an idea of how it all fits together,” Sell said. While BLT has focused its efforts on creating wide paved trails to give more ac-

cess to as many people as possible, the trails plan also includes adding 13 miles of soft surface trails, which are dirt or bark dust trails. “I know people aren’t seeing that yet, because we haven’t been building those,” Sell said. BLT is planning to build soft surface trails at Ridgeway Butte, and by lakes on the east side of Santiam River. “So there’s a major soft surface trail system, and hard trail system that goes up on the butte,” Sell said. For more information about BLT, and a list of events, visit https://www. buildlebanontrails.com. The grand parade will be held at 11 a.m. on June 3 starting at the Walmart Parking lot and runs through Main Street. Strawberry Festival shortcake will be served at the festival site afterwards.

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Maddie Norris to lead Strawberry Festival


ueen Maddie Norris will reign over the 108th annual Strawberry Festival! Maddie was named queen during the Strawberry Festival Queen’s Coronation on May 24 at Lebanon High School. “I am honored,” she said. “I’ve grown up here (in Lebanon). It’s such an amazing experience.” Maddie added that she would advise young girls looking up to her to “be self-confident.” Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Garrett emceed the event. “Tonight is very special for the princesses,” she said to open the coronation. “Thanks for making this special for these young ladies.” Garrett added that naming a queen is a century-old tradition meant to help young girls achieve success in the community. Princesses Maddie, Amanda Raymond, Katie Frederic, Brooklyn Giles Griffin and Kendall Crawford all competed for the crown. Princess Raymond was named Ms. Congeniality. The five girls were given impromptu questions during the ceremony, with scripted ques-


From left, members of the 2017 Lebanon Strawberry Festival court: Kendall Crawford, Katie Frederic, Maddie Norris, queen, Brooklyn Giles, and Amanda Raymond during the coronation. tions read by Lebanon’s Woman of the Year, Lori Hill. Among her queries was asking Maddie how she remains positive with all the violence portrayed in the media. Maddie responded that she contends with it “by keeping everything positive to strengthen each other, and come together to make the world a better place.” Maddie was crowned by the 2016 Strawberry Festival queen, Haley Smith, in Smith’s final royal task. Smith said it was difficult to believe

it had been a year since she herself accepted the honor. “As soon as the festival was over,” Haley said, “the town had a sweeping sadness that we had to wait another year for festival season. Being on the Strawberry Court gave me confidence I never knew existed.” Haley told the princesses to be proud of their status, reminding them that they will always be an ambassador to the community of Lebanon. After finishing her final speech, she handed her robe to

Maddie Norris reacts to the news that she was selected as the 2017 queen of the Lebanon Strawberry Festival. her successor. As is customary, the new queen’s first task is to declare the start of the new Strawberry Festival. “I now proclaim the 108th Strawberry Festival open!” Mad- For a video and a gallery, see the online version of this story. die said.

Junior parade ‌A long standing Lebanon tradition, the Junior Parade makes for the ultimate excuse for an early release from school to rush down to Main St. with those decorated bikes and wagons, or small floats! With a much shorter parade route (around a half mile versus our Grand Parade’s 2.5 miles), the Junior Parade is a perfect fit for even the smallest tykes. And with a parade geared towards kids, our parade participants know that candy is the ticket

to pleasing spectators. The Strawberry Princesses will be passing out complimentary popsicles to all Junior Parade participants. Registration forms went out to the local schools, the Chamber of Commerce, and can be obtained through the “Entry Form” link as well. Make sure your registration form is signed so you can be a part of this great event! Staging begins at noon at Third and Grant streets (next to the Santiam Travel Station), and judging is from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Meet Princess Amanda: Future Nike marketer


rincess Amanda Raymond, 17, said she wanted to become a Strawberry Princess so she could visit with the elementary school students in the area. “It’s my favorite part (of being a Strawberry Princess),” Amanda said. “When I was young: having the princesses visit us was something you always looked forward to.” Amanda also wanted to be a princess to become more involved with the community. She reiterated that visiting the schools is her favorite part of her princess duties. “All the kids — they just love it,” Amanda said. “They’re so young and they love that there are princesses.” The kids ask funny questions, she added. “Like ‘Where’s your castle? Who’s your prince? Can I have your phone number?’” Amanda said while giggling. “They’re really funny, and I just love being around kids.” Amanda participates in international high school and college association club called DECA and through an experience in that club she decided to pursue marketing for a career. “Through DECA, we visited the NIKE world headquarters (in Beaverton) and that’s where I decided I wanted to work,” Amanda said. Amanda is planning to study marketing at Oregon State University, which she said will give her several options to for a career. “I don’t know what I want exactly, but I know I want to do something in marketing because it’s a very interactive fun job where you get to work with people,” Amanda said. “It’s very hand-on, and I’m very interested in that, and I love Nike. It’s a great environment and a great company.”

Princess Amanda Raymond holds a puppy at the state capitol on April 27. As for the Strawberry Festival weekend, Amanda’s favorite part is the Grand Parade because it brings the community together. “Everyone’s there; everyone looks forward to it,” Amanda said. “It’s so fun to just be together. It really brings everyone together.” If Amanda were a strawberry-based dessert, she would be strawberries dipped in chocolate because she loves chocolate and fresh strawberries. “So I think that they’re a good mix,” Amanda said. As for this year’s theme, Amanda loves camping. “My family and I go every year,” she said. “I love everything about it. I love being in the outdoors; I love being away from electronics, and just being outside; going on hikes and sleeping outside.” Amanda recalled the story of getting the call informing her she was selected a princess: “I was very nervous; I was at work,” Amanda said. Amanda works for her

GRAND PARADE Thousands of people ‌ from all around Lebanon will line the street or make their way down Main Street in cars and floats all to celebrate Lebanon. The Grand Parade is a showcase of the many organizations, groups, and people that make of the community. It is a traditional parade, that dates back to the festival’s start in 1909, and hosts around 130 entries each year. From start to finish, spectators can expect around 2 hours worth of a wide range of entries with everything from dance groups, walking groups, bands, large floats, motorcycles, and everything in between. The theme of groups going back to their roots to

celebrate what “Strawberry Festival” means to them remains the same. Being in the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade is a great way to showcase your business, organization, or cause. People make floats, decorate cas, or even horses, or just have a good time just walking. No experience is necessary. To participate in the Grand Parade, the Grand Parade team is always looking for passionate and organized volunteers to help coordinate the staging of all our entries, judging each category, and helping direct floats to the parade route. For more information about the Grand Parade, or to find out more about helping out with the

Parade route The parade will start at the intersection of Main St and Market St towards the South end of town and running North on Main St for 2.5 miles to the intersection of Main St and Rose St toward the North end of town. The parade route is limited to the West two lanes of Main St until the Parade reaches the “Y” with Park St, when it begins to take up the whole road. For best viewing, be on the West side of Main St from Market to the “Y” , or on either side of Main St from the ‘Y” until Rose St. event, contact the Grand Parade team at grandparade@lebanonstrawberryfestival.com.

About princess Amanda Princess Amanda Raymond is the daughter of Jon and Jennifer Raymond. She has two younger sisters: Ashley, 11, and Addison, 9. Her father is a deputy for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and her mother is a stay-athome mom. Amanda participates in track and field, DECA, National Honors Society and has coached a volleyball team.

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Meet Princess Brooklyn: Future social worker


rincess Brooklyn Giles Griffin, 18, wanted to become a Strawberry Princess to show young girls in the community anyone could become a Strawberry Princess. “I wanted to show the younger generation, especially the younger girls, that they could do anything they set their minds to,” Brooklyn said. “It’s not about how pretty they are, or how popular they are. They don’t have to be this beautiful popular girl to become a Strawberry Princess.” Brooklyn said this makes her a champion for young girls who don’t feel that they are the most popular. “It’s about loving Lebanon, and wanting to represent something that’s been so important to our community for over 100 years now,” Brooklyn said. As a princess, Brooklyn is enjoying interacting with the kids she visits at elementary schools in the area “They come up with the funniest things,” Brooklyn said. “Last week I had this one boy he came up to me (and


Princess Brooklyn Giles Griffin said): ‘are you China, ‘cause I’m China get your number.’ It was the funniest thing.” At 5 foot even, Brooklyn is the shortest member of the court, which has earned her

the nickname of “shorty” from a few of the Strawberrians. Brooklyn’s favorite part of Strawberry Festival weekend is spending time with her

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family as a few of her family members come to Lebanon to join the celebration for the weekend. Brooklyn’s dad will send each one of his kids to get a strawberry shortcake “for him so he doesn’t look like he’s going up multiple times.” That ruse may not work this year, as Brooklyn will be serving Strawberry Shortcake herself at the fair. Her family also watches the fireworks together on Saturday night. Outside of the Strawberry Festival duties, Brooklyn runs a photography business. She started it because she loves taking pictures. “I really wanted a nice camera, and my sophomore year of high school I was gifted one by my grandmother,” Brooklyn said. And last summer she was gifted an even nicer camera. If Brooklyn were a strawberry-based dessert, she would be a strawberry lemonade cupcake because “it reminds me of being in the sun on a picnic day on the beach with my family,” Brooklyn said.


Shortcake’ ‌Imagine going into your kitchen and baking a cake to serve more than 15,000 people. All you need is 514 cups of sugar, 224 cups of shortening, 192 cups of eggs, 992 cups of flour, 576 teaspoons of salt, 2048 teaspoons of baking powder, 448 cups of milk and 18 cups of vanilla. The shortcake was not part of the festival for its first 22 years, but was added

in 1931. The first several cakes were baked by Wesley Munyan, owner of Munyan Bakery. The recipe developed by Munyan is a cross between a sponge cake and a biscuit. When the bakery changed hands, later owners Clarence Shimanek and Claude Durlam continued the tradition. The “World’s Largest

Shortcake” label was applied early on, but has been disputed by other communities at times. In 1975, there was a “Battle of the Shortcakes” between Lebanon and Garden Grove, California.

Lebanon won easily. Our cake weighed 5,700 pounds and served about 16,000. Their cake weighed 1,200 pounds and served 3,000. In 1946, following three years with no festival, the short-

About Princess Brooklyn Brooklyn was raised by her grandparents Janis and Donald Eggert. Neva and Tom Giles. As a young girl, Brooklyn lived in Sweet Home for a couple of years before moving away from the mid-valley and came back to live in Lebanon in fourth grade. Brooklyn is a charter member of the Lebanon Mayor’s Youth Council and involved in Peer Court, Outdoor School; she coaches basketball; she has Princess Brooklyn reads at attended multiple leadership Cascades School during a Dr. camps; is a class senator; a Mr. Seuss night. LHS coordinator; PULSE leader; an AVID student and she runs a If Brooklyn were to select photography business. next year’s theme, it would be “Superhero Strawberries” Brooklyn has six siblings Sabecause that was a top theme vannah, Tori, Sierra, Brandon, voted on for this year, and “I Matthew and Mackenzie. think it would be really fun because you could have Spi- is Lebanon’s super hero, she derman Strawberries, Super- added. man Strawberries, then you “(The festival) is something could create you own little everyone looks forward to evSuper Jam, and he could be ery year,” Brooklyn said. “It’s the Super Jam hero, “ she said. one of the top things that sigThe Strawberry Festival nifies Lebanon.”

cake was “sacrificed as part of the community’s effort to conserve food for hungry countries which not only have no shortcake but no bread,” according to a news story at the time. Shortages occurred in Lebanon too. The same issue of the Lebanon Express told of an “acute shortage” of meat and bread in Lebanon. Once baked, in hundreds of smaller sheet cakes, the cake is assembled by the GFWC OFWC Lebanon Zenith Woman’s Club into a three tiered trailer, covered with powdered sugar and dotted with strawberries. It travels through the Grand Parade under a cover of clear plastic. When it arrives at the

festival grounds at Cheadle Lake Park, organizers expect that about 15,000 free servings complete with juicy strawberries and whipped cream, will be handed out by the Oregon Dairy Wives, who donate the whipped cream. Beta Sigma Phi sorority members of Lebanon deliver the 1,000 pieces of shortcake to people who are unable to get out to the parade, including residents of The Oaks and Willamette Manor, patients at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, and those on duty at the fire and police stations. The GFWC OFWC Lebanon Zenith Woman’s Club have been decorating the cake since 1964.

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Meet Princess Katie: Future physical therapist


trawberry Princess Katie Frederic wanted to be a Strawberry Princess because she wanted to be an inspiring role model for basically people of all ages. “To show them whatever you put your mind to you can do, and still be a role model,” she said. As a princess, Katie is enjoying all the interactions she’s having with a wide section of the community. “We’ve talked to so many variety of ages and backgrounds it’s really exciting to learn where different people come from,” Katie said. Katie is also enjoying visiting students at local elementary school. Katie retold the story of visiting Riverview School, and one of the kiddos asked “where’s your castle?” Katie’s favorite part of Strawberry Festival weekend is the parade because it is something that everyone likes. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, businesses can come forward and have a float and get their name out there,” Katie said. “The community just all comes together during that time.” The carnival is fun as well,

About princess Katie Katie’s parents are Angie and David Fredric, Katie has a brother Andrew Fredric, 20. Katie is a varsity track and field athlete. She works at Rainbow West, the Christian bookstore in Albany. She coaches middle school volleyball for the Boys & Girls Club.


Princess Katie Frederic she added. “But you don’t see a lot of older people riding the ‘Ring of Fire’ or anything,” Katie said. “So the parade is something for everyone.” Katie said she is a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and

if her dream were to come true, next year’s Strawberry Festival theme would be a Lord of the Rings theme. “You could get girls who are short to be hobbits, and girls who are really tall to be Gandalf or the elves,” Katie

Princess Katie tosses a javelin during the Rob Allen Twilight invitational. said. As for this year’s theme, Katie said she enjoys camping. “I love camping, my family has grown up on camping,” Katie said. “I spent more time probably camping

than I’ve done anything else in my life.” Her family would often take off for a camping trip without knowing where they were going, and would just pick a spot on the side of the road to camp.

Art Boards Program for Strawberry Plaza ‌The Lebanon Arts Commission and the city of Lebanon have announced the kickoff of its Art Boards Program for Strawberry Plaza. This program will provide a process for the creation, selection and display of art on six large-sized art panels (4’ x 8’) affixed to the north and south walls of

Lebanon’s new Strawberry Plaza, the City’s downtown art-themed pocket park. During the 12-month public display of each piece the public will be given the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for the eventual purchase of the piece (once it is retired from Strawberry Plaza). Proceeds from the sale of a piece will

be split, with 50 percent shares distributed to the Lebanon Arts Commission Art Fund and the artist. The Arts Commission shall act as a jury in selecting works for display. More information on the rules and guidelines can be found on the application or on the City’s website (www. ci.lebanon.or.us/ac). Inter-

ested artists may pick up an application at Lebanon City Hall – 925 S. Main Street, Lebanon Public Library – 55 Academy Street, or the Lebanon Senior Center – 80 Tangent Street. The deadline for the initial selection of art boards is 5 p.m. on July 11.

If Katie were a Strawberry-based dessert, she would be cheesecake because she likes cheesecake and she’s cheesy, she said. For college, Katie was accepted to OSU, and plans to dual enroll at LBCC to study kinesiology because she wants to go into physical therapy. Her interest in that began her junior year when she suffered a back injury and physical therapy was able to help her with that injury. During her treatments, she started asking questions about how the physical therapy was helping her. “I’ve always been interested in exercise science because I’ve done sports since I was in first grade,” Katie said.

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Meet Princess Kendall: Future doctor


rincess Kendall Crawford, 18, has her sights set on becoming a doctor. After Kendall graduates she will attend Willamette University to double major in biology and international affairs. “I want to be a doctor, but I also want to be a doctor who goes oversees and works in impoverished countries and help their health care system,” Kendall said. By studying international affairs it will help her understand the government of other countries. As for where she would like to attend med school, she wasn’t quite sure, but COMP-Northwest is certainly an option. “I intern there, and it’s a great place, so that’s somewhere I will definitely apply after college, but it’s a long time from now and a lot can change,” Kendall said. “I like taking care of people,” Kendall said. “It makes me happy to know that someone else is doing better because of something I did.” Kendall wanted to become a princess to give back to the community that raised her. “Influence it and make it better than when I came here,” Kendall said. Her favorite part of being a princess is meeting people, and that includes everyone in the community not just meeting with the kids at the


Princess Kendall Crawford elementary school. “It’s really nice to meet people who do a lot of interesting jobs, and we visited the capitol and I really liked that,” Kendall said. As for Strawberry Festival weekend, her favorite part is the rides. “They’re scary; it’s probably the scariest thing I do all year in my life,” Kendall said. If Kendall were a strawberry-based dessert, she would be chocolate cov-

ered strawberries because “what’s inside is the best part,” Kendall said. While Kendall was excited to get the phone call informing her she was selected as a princess, she was with a friend who had learned the news that she hadn’t been selected. “I was really excited, I couldn’t contain myself,” Kendall said. “I called my grandma afterwards, I called my aunt, and they got really

Princess Kendall poses for a picture with students at Green Acres School. excited when I told them and they sent me interview prep questions.” Kendall said if she were to choose next year’s them it would be space-aged strawberries. “I thought that was really cool because I really like Star Wars,” Kendall said. “I think that would be fun to have strawberries with little lightsabers. That or Darth Strawberry I think that’s cute too.”

Community wide service ‌A community-wide worship and prayer service will be held at the conclusion of the Strawberry Festival weekend at the at 6 p.m. at the River Center. Included in the service

will be worship led by the East Linn Christian Academy worship band, prayer for Lebanon-area youth leaders and a message on the challenges facing youth today. Be-

fore the service (from 5:30 to 6 p.m.) and after the service (from 7:30 to 8 p.m.), various Christian and community groups that serve local youth will have display tables.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event which is sponsored by Transform Lebanon, a network of pastors and leaders of Christian non-profit ministries.

About Princess Kendall Princess Kendall is the daughter of Jason and Michelle Crawford. Her father is a site manager at XPO Logistics in Corvallis and her mother is a teacher at Head Start preschool in Albany. Her sister Allison is 15 and also attends Lebanon High

School. Kendall played soccer for four years, she is the choir counsel treasurer and is ASB treasurer. Kendall has received a $23,000 scholarship to attend Willamette University where she plans to study biology and international affairs.



Meet Princess Maddie: Future nurse


rincess Maddie Norris, 18, wanted to become a Strawberry Princess because she’s involved in a variety of activities and wanted to influence those around her in a positive way. “I am pretty well rounded, I’m not just involved in athletics, not just into agriculture, so I want to influence those around me to be more open to trying new things, and not just sticking to one thing,” Maddie said. As a Strawberry Princess, Maddie is enjoying the interaction she’s having with people. “Especially the younger kids because they get so excited,” Maddie said. “I remember when I was little the Strawberry Court was so awesome. It was the best thing I could ever go to. It’s fun to have that interaction and bring a smile to people’s day.” As a four-year starter on Lebanon’s volleyball team, Maddie has competed in the state tournament for the past four years taking second at the tournament this year after losing in straight sets to the Bend Lava Bears. “It was so awesome,” Maddie said of her experience competing at the state tournaments. “ At first we were kind of underdeveloped my freshman year. We didn’t have that mentality of ‘hey let’s work really hard to get where we want to be. We didn’t have that work ethic yet.” Working with volleyball coach Jorden Swanson helped get the team to that level, Maddie said. “Jorden, she saw more and more people being serious about this, and she supported us through everything,” Maddie said. As for the festival, Maddie said her favorite part of Strawberry Festival weekend

Pictured here our a few arrangement from last year’s Flower and Quilt show during the Strawberry Festival.

Flower show The Lebanon Garden Club presents Strawberry Festival Flower, Quilt and Art Show from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on June 2; from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on June 3, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, 20 East MATT DEBOW, LEBANON EXPRESS

Maddie Norris sets the ball for Lauren Christie during the second set against the Corvallis Spartans on Sept. 8. Norris earned 29 assists during the match. is the carnival. “I’ve always loved the carnival because you see everyone,” Maddie said. “That place is crowded. The carnival and the parade bring our whole community together.” If Maddie were a Strawberry Based dessert, she would be a cross between strawberry shortcake and angel food cake. Maddie will study either animal science or nursing at Linn-Benton Community College. “I love animals, so whatever path I choose I’m going to have animals in my life,” Maddie said. “It’s going to be my career or it’s going to be my hobby.” If Maddie were to select next year’s theme, it would be Strawberry Dancing. “It doesn’t matter if you’re good or not, you can always dance,” Maddie said. As for this year’s theme, Maddie said she enjoys camp-

About Princess Maddie

Ash St. The public is encouraged to bring horticulture and floral designs, along with quilts and art. For details about the Flower Show, call 541207-8481, for Quilts call

541-259-1500, and for Art entries call 541-259-3039. For a Flower Show Schedule, which is a list of design categories and information on how to enter horticulture, visit Lebanongardenclub.com.


Princess Maddie is an only child, and she grew up in Lebanon. Her parents are Kim and Monty Norris. Maddie has been in FFA since her freshman year. She is a National Honors Society member and honor roll. Maddie has started on the varsity volleyball team for four year, and is on the varsity golf team. Maddie plans to continue to play volleyball as a Roadrunner for Linn-Benton Community College. ing because it’s a way for her to disengage from her electronic devices. “I could go camping right now if I wanted to,” Maddie said. “I don’t care if it’s rain or shine. I love camping.”

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST The Lebanon Optimist Club will ‌ host a pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. on June 3, at Linn Lanes parking lot. The cost is $6 per person and $3 for kids 12 and under or those in military uniform. The breakfast is a great way to fuel up before the Grand Parade.

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strawberry The Strawberry Princesses pose with 1941 Queen Ruth Shackman at Cascade Manor.

Princesses meet 1941 Strawberry Festival


Living inside the grand ‌ residence of Cascade Manor assisted living facility live the 1941 Strawberry Festival Queen: Ruth Shackman. The 2017 Strawberry Princesses graced her with their presence at the home on May 12 for a lunch. Queen Shackman’s sister Betty Adams, who was a Strawberry Prin-

cess in 1950 also attended. Willamette Manor Executive Director Jami Peterson was happy to see the former queen united with the current court. “We are so happy to have her living with us,” Peterson said. Princess Brooklyn Giles Griffin visited with Queen

Ruth during the lunch. Princess Brooklyn told Queen Ruth “I feel honored to sit with you. “She is quite a doll,” princess Brooklyn told the Lebanon Express. “It’s been fun visiting.” Queen Ruth said it was fun to see how the court has developed over the years.

Wishes TTo Thank The Following Sponsors: Coronation Sponsors Oregon State Credit Union Mr. Formal Nancy’s Floral Van Essen Nursery Vogts Nursery The Frame House of Albany Aubree Tocher Photography

Lebanon School District Hendrix Heating, Corvallis Teen Challenge

General Sponsors KGAL-KSHO Radio KWIL-KHPE Radio Run/Walk Sponsors KRKT-KLOO Radio OFD Foods, Inc. Comp-Northwest LeeNorthwestPrinting/LebanonExpress Premier Sponsor Pam Bush – Scentsy Family American Legion Santiam Post 51 EntEk International – Indpendent Director Primasing Motors, Inc. Green Thumb Garden Center Kevin’s Café Huston-Jost Funeral Home Sunbelt Rental Target City & Suburban Electric Linn County Posse The Lobby Best Pots of Albany Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Republic Services Fireworks Sponsor Lebanon Police Department Linn Gear of Lebanon VVA Chapter #585 Social Sponsors Entertainment Sponsor Amerititle Santiam Place Pennington Seed Linn Benton Community College Ray Jackman Repair Junior Parade Key Bank of Lebanon Lebanon School’s Central Offices Lebanon Mega Foods Gateway Imprints City of Lebanon Site Sponsors Linn-Co Credit Union McBeth Shearing Linn Benton Tractor City and Suburban Electric Linn County Arts Guild Shortcake Sponsor Lebanon Community Foundation Grand Parade Lebanon Mega Foods The Oak of Lebanon City of Lebanon Benton Dairy Wives & Dairy Princess Walmart of Lebanon Samantha Short Photography Zenith Club of Lebanon The Frame Shop Habitat for Humanity Santiam Place Complete Wireless Services Gateway Imprints, Inc. Lebanon Fire Department Bonnie Lee

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