GRASSROOTS IN UNION

July 11, 2001 12:00 am
ROLLING OUT THE COUPE: Jesse Hale ran a feather duster over his 1937 Chevy Coupe Tuesday afternoon, prepping the gleaming machine for Saturday's Grassroots Festival in Union. Hale bought the car in 1969 and is still using the tires it came with. He's recently added an "oogga" horn. The coupe has a 216 stove bolt engine. (The Observer/T.L. PETERSEN).
ROLLING OUT THE COUPE: Jesse Hale ran a feather duster over his 1937 Chevy Coupe Tuesday afternoon, prepping the gleaming machine for Saturday's Grassroots Festival in Union. Hale bought the car in 1969 and is still using the tires it came with. He's recently added an "oogga" horn. The coupe has a 216 stove bolt engine. (The Observer/T.L. PETERSEN).

By The Observer

UNION Pick your passion and join in Unions Seventh Annual Grassroots Festival Saturday.

From toys for tots of years past to toys for big kids call them antique cars there will be a place to stop and enjoy for just about everyone.

A highlight of this years community festival promises to be the brand-new Childrens Festival at the Union Elementary School playground, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., featuring storytimes, arts and crafts, and special shows for all ages to enjoy.

Jesse Hale, who is helping organize the annual toy and collectible show, said it is going to be great this year. Some space remains available in the Union Elementary School gymnasium for more dealers and displayers, who can contact him at 562-1122.

The Remember When car show near the school will help raise money for the Bobcat Foundation through the entry fees and donations.

At the city park, the Union Show n Shine car show will host its selection of eye-grabbing antiques.

Both shows begin registering entries at 8 a.m. Saturday, with awards presented about 3 p.m.

Creativity will be on display during bed races at noon Saturday. All businesses, clubs and organizations have been invited to put together a decorated bed racer and a team of four people to compete for prizes and a trophy.

Call 562-1067 or 562-9408 to get your entry in.

Breakfast will be served at the Union VFW Hall from 6 to 10 a.m.

Craft booths will in downtown Union, and businesses are planning special sales. Maps of the city wide yard sales will be available downtown, there will be an ongoing auto swap meet (call 562-5391 for details) and much more.

The ducks will race on Catherine Creek at 2 p.m., with cash prizes for those who picked the top three fastest plastic ducks, The antique cars will cruise Main Street at 4 p.m., the Eastern Oregon Mining Association will have a display. There will be a Childrens Festival, which includes Eastern Oregon Universitys magic show, fiddle music, dance demonstrations, 4-H dog obedience demonstrations, and a K-9 police dog demonstration, along with craft centers for beadwork, basket weaving, tin punching and puppets.

Union plans to end the day of activity with a street dance from 6 to 10 p.m.

A full schedule of Saturdays events will be in Fridays Show and Tel.