Silverton Pet Parade is Saturday

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by Michael Rollins

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Posted on May 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Updated Friday, May 14 at 12:38 PM

SILVERTON -- The sunny weather Saturday is reason enough to get out, and a drive to Silverton for its annual Pet Parade might be the perfect lure.

Expect all manner of animals, not just your average mutt.

If you want to march in it, show up at 9 a.m. at Coolidge and Apple streets.

The parade begins at 10 at Coolidge and Main streets and finishes at Eugene Field School.

"Kids and animals marching in the streets," says Mayor Stu Rasmussen, "What more could you ask for?"

Well that 'more,' the mayor says, is "Silverton's First Annual Rube Goldberg and Jonas Byberg Memorial Contraption Contest."

Head over to the Silver Creek Coffee House, 111 N Water St.,  to check out inventions and judging at 11 a.m.

The contest is named for Jonas Byber, a Silverton resident inventor from the 1940s through the 1960s, Rasmussen said.

Rube Golderg was real a real human. The inventor/tinkerer is best known for his whimiscal drawings of insanely complex machines that perform a simple task.

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