New events slated for city celebration




INDEPENDENCE -- Think your pet deserves the spotlight? They'll get their chance during the Hop & Heritage Festival later this month.

The first Mayor's Critter Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 in front of the Independence Public Library and you and your furry loved ones are invited to participate.

The event is aimed at dogs, but all pets are welcome. Entry fee is $5. All proceeds go to the Independence Dog Park.

The procession will start at the library, head east to the intersection of Monmouth and Main streets, run south and eventually end up at C and Second Street.

Could your critter eat -- or be eaten by -- another critter? If so, take necessary precautions by using a leash or a cage. Muzzles may be required in some cases.

Entry forms are available at the Independence Civic Center, the Independence Library and at the Monmouth-Independence Network office.

For more information: Marilyn Morton, 503-837-0700; via email to You can also download entry forms at


Volunteers are still needed for the annual Ghost Walk at the Independence Hop & Heritage Festival on Sept. 28.

Those interested in being "Ghost Hosts" will lead groups to and from different haunted locales in downtown Independence and describe the sites before each stop.

Training days are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday and another on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Attendees will take the whole tour and hear the stories. Each training session will take about an hour.

The Ghost Walk starts at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28.

For more information or to become a Ghost Host: Marilyn Morton, 503-580-8525.


Community extroverts are needed to serve as ambassadors for Independence during the Hop & Heritage Festival Sept. 28-30.

Volunteers will staff a kiosk to provide information about festival events to attendees and participants, collect tickets for prize drawings, sell cookies from the cookie baking contest and direct guests to area businesses.

There will also be roving ambassadors who will perform the same tasks, but do so while wandering through crowds at the north and south ends of the festival area.

For more information: 503-837-0783 or fill out an application to be an ambassador at


Those with antique farm equipment they want to show off can do so on Sept. 30 as part of a new event at the Hop & Heritage Festival.

The first Heritage Farm and Ag Show will start at 11 a.m. on the field north of Riverview Park. Organizers are inviting any farmers in Polk County to bring their old tractors, plows, planters and other equipment out for display.

Local companies will put modern tractors and equipment on display during the event.

For more information or to learn how to participate in the Heritage Farm and Ag Show: Paul Pfnister, 503-949-8751.


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