We made it through the madness. It was a lot of fun and very crowded. If you're into Oregon politics, you'd recognize a few of the faces among the thousands of people who came to celebrate at the state capitol. We bailed out before they cut the cake but enjoyed many of the free activities for the kids. What's planned for 151?
Sharing a birthday with a major holiday can be a real bummer. But don't feel sorry for the State of Oregon, which became the 33rd state on February 14th, 1859. The Valentine's day/birthday has worked out well for Oregon. It's an easy date to remember for a birthday that might be easily forgotten. This year is the 150th birthday for the state and if you're not aware of that fact, you don't watch tv, read the paper or log onto the internets. Obviously, you at least read the internets. "Sesquicentennial" is the word for 150th anniversary, and Oregon has been celebrating all year long with events around the state. Today at the capitol, they're going to cut the cake. A huge cake, large enough to feed over 3000 people who are expected to arrive at the capitol here in Salem. They'll also get a chance to take a rare look at the original handwritten Oregon Constitution on display in the capitol rotunda. This celebration has to be good for local restaurants. People are traveling here from all over the state, buying food and hotel rooms.We're headed down there if we can find reasonable parking. Always up for free cake.
Here is the schedule for "Family Day at the Capitol" (N)