Port’s Ice Cream Social

Lots of people enjoyed the Port's Ice Cream Social!

Lots of people enjoyed the Port’s Ice Cream Social!

Sunny skies, comfortable temperatures and the prospect of free root beer floats, raffle prizes, and words from the Port about Ridgefield’s readiness for growth drew hundreds of Ridgefield citizens, elected officials, and other well-wishers to Ridgefield’s Overlook Park recently.

In addition to ice cream, party-goers were treated to music by the Hometown Harmony Quartet, Stir Crazy and Scott(Howard)Richardson, a local bagpiper. Ridgefield High School cheerleaders also entertained the crowd with their rendition of the event slogan, “We’re Ridgefield. We’re Ready. Bring it On!” by performing a cheer to those words.

About 20 lucky raffle ticket holders won gift certificates or goods and services from area businesses and organizations. Items included free dinners, massage therapy and even a ride in a limo with Ridgefield’s mayor Ron Onslow and his wife.

Port commissioners and CEO Brent Grening focused their messages on the investment made by the Port and others in the community that ready Ridgefield for inevitable population growth, pointing to improvements made by the port’s effort on the waterfront, sewer system upgrades, the highway interchange and the investment made in Ridgefield’s schools.

“We’re in the path of progress as Portland grows. Because our community has had the patience to see these projects through that make this a great place to live and conduct business, we are growing, and we will continue to grow, but with quality growth in mind,” said Grening.

At his turn at the microphone, Commissioner Scott Hughes emphasized the port’s economic development efforts.“The port is working to bring good, living wage jobs to this community. That’s what we’re doing now, and we’re going to keep doing that,” Hughes said.

The event wound down with music and mingling as the sun edged toward the horizon, showcasing a picturesque landscape view from the park.

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