Sportsman’s Holiday proceeding with volunteers

Sean C. Morgan

Despite the difficulties it faces, the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce is moving full speed ahead with plans for the 2017 Sportsman’s Holiday.

“It’s kind of the same plan it’s been for 50 years,” said chamber board member Karla Hogan, who is coordinating activities with volunteers Michele Carter and Sandi Thompson.

Themed “All Around the World,” the annual community event is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Sportsman’s Holiday, which originated as Frontier Days, began in 1967, Thompson said. She has been researching the history of the event when the parade permit was requested under the name Sportsman’s Holiday. She plans to continue learning more about it.

The schedule is still being finalized, Hogan said, but it will follow the same pattern it has in recent years.

Coronation will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 6, at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge, 440 Osage St.

The Chips ’n’ Splinters variety show will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, July 7 at the Boys and Girls Club, 890 18th Ave. Food will be available on site. More details will be available later.

The Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 8.

The Grand Parade, held on Long and Main streets, will begin at 10 a.m. to allow more time between the parade and Logger Olympics. The entry fee for the parade is $10.

The Logger Olympics will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sweet Home Events Center, 4000 Long St.

A horse play day is planned for Sunday, July 9. Details will be available later. Hogan said local 4-H clubs will host that event.

Additional information about events and schedules will be available later as more planning is completed.

The chainsaw sculptures created during last year’s Sportsman’s Holiday may be auctioned, Hogan said, but that remains in the planning stages.

The various bazaars will also return.

“It’s been happening for 50 years, and we’re going to make sure that the tradition remains,” Hogan said. “It’s the same as every year.”

“It’s important for the local businesses and the community,” Carter said.

While the chamber has listed its current building and property for sale, “the chamber is not going away,” Hogan said. It may be at a new location, but both the chamber and Sportsman’s Holiday will continue.

“We are very much interested in any volunteers that want to help,” Hogan said. In the past, some people have reported being turned away as volunteers. That won’t be the case going forward, she said.

“We just all want to work together for sure,” Hogan said, and the chamber doesn’t want anyone to walk away feeling like their help wasn’t wanted.

For more information about events, to enter the parade or to volunteer, call the chamber at (541) 367-6186 or stop by the chamber, 1575 Main St.