What: Champoeg State Heritage Area's Founders Day and the Oregon Draft Horse Association's Plowing Competition
When: Founders Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; the plow competition will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exposition field preparation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Champoeg State Heritage Area, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul
Cost: Free, but there is a $5-per-car parking fee
Info: Call (503) 678-1649 or go to www.champoeg.org
The plow competition is part of the annual Champoeg Founders Day celebration, with the theme "Farming Then and Now."
Champoeg is key to Oregon's history: In 1843, it was the site of the vote to form the first provisional state government, thus putting us on the road to statehood.
It also was the site of many of the first farmers, the first gristmill and one of the first towns in Oregon.
The day also will include presentations from farmers and Sons and Daughters of the Oregon Pioneers, costumed historical interpreters, a tool display, musical performances and refreshments.