Families in the Park ends on a high note

The Families in the Park crowd, above, dances to Hit Machine during the final 2013 show last Thursday. The annual August events are made possible by a long list of community sponsors.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
The Families in the Park crowd, above, dances to Hit Machine during the final 2013 show last Thursday. The annual August events are made possible by a long list of community sponsors.

Hit Machine might have gone all night, but the concert, and the 2013 Families in the Park series, had to end sometime.

The Aug. 29 concert at Jackson Park was the last of the summer, and Director John Rust of sponsoring Community Education said the 2013 program was a success.

“The highlights for us during this year were great bands, all the fun knickknacks the stage sponsors had for the kids and families and seeing so many people dancing,” Rust said.

“We had two concerts with almost 500 people of all ages, sizes and abilities enjoying themselves on the grass dance floor.”

Rust said that on Aug. 29 Hit Machine singer Bart Hafeman called all the kids on stage and “a very spry 90-plus lady join the fun.”

He said, “It was inspiring for everyone and that is what makes the community of Hood River and the series so special.”

Rust said the series would not be possible without the support of Century Link, the major stage sponsors and the support all sponsors:


Bicoastal Media

Gorge Networks

Northwest Pediatrics

Providence Hood River

Memorial Hospital

Pacific Power

A Kidz Dental Zone

Griffith Motors

Hood River Lions Club

US Bank


Copper West

Hood River

Eye Opener Lions

Bruce Burton, DMD

Hood River Rotary

Tum-A-Lum Lumber

Doug’s Sports

Odell Lions Club

Anderson’s Tribute Center


Fruit Company

Hood River Public Storage

Hood River Taqueria

& Heights Ice Cream

Indian Creek

Family Eye Care

One Community Health

Secure Storage


Columbia River Insurance

Cascade Central

Credit Union

Columbia Gorge

Fruit Growers

E & L Auto Parts

Gorge Grown

Farmers Market

Heights Fuel Stop

Hood River News

Mount Hood Gardens

Rivers Edge

Automotive & Towing


Sorority Beta Sigma Phi

Windmaster Market

The UPS Store

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