|Former OTD chairman resigns|
|June 14, 2012 Jerry Purvis|
Chuck Cowan, who served as general chairman for Oregon Trail Days from 2008 through 2011, has resigned from the board.
“The current board has a different direction they want to go and it’s different from what I’d want,” Cowan said in a telephone interview. “Other than that, I really don’t want to go into detail. All I know is that it’s time for me to go.”
A number of changes have been made for this year’s Oregon Trail Days celebration. The main concert, usually held the Saturday night of the event, has been moved up a week to July 7. The Casey Donahew Band is scheduled to play. The entertainment committee said that after several years of so-so attendance, they decided to schedule the band a week early, giving people an open date during Oregon Trail Days to do other things.
Also, the carnival and the chili cook-off, mainstays in Oregon Trail Park, are being moved to the Five Rocks Amphitheater to make room for a larger carnival and more chili cooks. A mud volleyball tournament is also scheduled during the celebration.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the board and I want to see it continue to grow,” Cowan said. “The whole idea is to have a celebration of the heritage brought here by our old settlers.”
Cowan has also been instrumental in organizing the main parade during Oregon Trail Days, the International Food Fair and the car show.
“I won’t be involved this year,” he said. “I just got burned out, so I’ll be a spectator.”