YAQUINA BAY BRIDGE CELEBRATION
MAIN EVENT IS SUNDAY, OCT. 2
Provided by Lincoln County Historical Society
A walk across the Yaquina Bay Bridge and a family-style community gathering with a 1930s theme Sunday, Oct. 2 are the culminating events for the 75th anniversary celebration of the bridge. The event goes from noon to 4 p.m. All events are open to the public.
“Get out your bike, put on your walking shoes and vintage clothes, and join us in this historic event,” Michelle Harris Geltner, chair of the bridge committee, said.
Walkers and bikers should meet starting at 11 a.m. on the south side of the bridge by the Rogue Ales parking lot. Walkers and bikers are encouraged to use the shuttle to go to the south end of the bridge and to the event location. Shuttle service begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall. Routes for the shuttle and more information are included in this magazine. North-going traffic will be delayed during the walk.
The Newport High School band and Color Guard will lead the walkers and bikers across the bridge. Other participants in the walk include the Bengal Khan Kenpo Karate Kids, Newport Roller Derby Girls, Bike Newport, and the National Guard. 1930s era vintage cars will follow them at 12 noon. The vintage cars will be on display at Yaquina Bay State Park after the walk. And by the way, if you or someone you know has a vintage car, motorcycle or truck 1936 or OLDER, drive it down to the Rogue Brewery at 10am, and line up to join the procession across the bridge at 12 noon. (Contact tom Chandler at 541-867-4605 for more information.)
People are invited to bring their own picnic lunch to the community gathering which will be held at Yaquina Bay State Park under the bridge. Vendors will be selling food including hot dogs, hamburgers, Pepsi, and other items. Rogue Ales is sponsoring a beer garden, which will serve the commemorative Rogue Ales brew.
Information booths include City Center Newport Assn. (Deco District) and Oregon Coast Community College, bridge authors, and craft and art vendors as well as the Lincoln County Historical Society, which will have copies of the winners of the bridge photo contest and a DVD playing of people recounting their memories of the bridge. The photo contest and the memories project were both part of the anniversary events.
People are encouraged to wear vintage clothing, and a prize will be given for the best costume.
Newport Mayor Mark McConnell will open the event with a proclamation, introduction of dignitaries, announcement of winners of the photo contest and best costume, and introduction of the entertainment.
“This will be fun and festive,” Harris Geltner said. “Become a part of history. We look forward to seeing you and your family.”