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Jamboree: Eyes on the thermometer are optimistic this year


August 1, 2018

JAMBOREE VOLUNTEERS Bruce Dietz and his daughter Erin, 15, paint speed bumps in the high school parking lot Saturday afternoon, July 21, in preparation for this year's event.

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek sums up his excitement for the 2018 Jamboree in two words: "Good weather."

If forecasters have it right, the Jamboree country music festival may see the coolest temperatures since the event was moved, from mid-September to the beginning of August, in the 1990s.

"I've been doing this for 16 years," said Shamek, who volunteered for more than 10 years before heading up the festival.

He said it hasn't ever been as cool as the forecast shows, with temperatures in the low 80s through the weekend.

"Yeah, it's been a little warm for setup, but for...

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