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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015
Goonies: People were impressed with the new events
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and women rushed the stage,
where they all danced to the
iconic Lauper pop hit.
Willkie said people were
impressed with the new
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ago, including the trade con-
vention in the Astoria Armory.
The event brought in mostly
1980s and cinematic memo-
rabilia, with art, movies, toys,
accessories, 1980s-themed
pastries and a Lego diorama
depicting the Goon Docks and
One-Eyed Willy’s treasure
cave and pirate ship.
“Some of the vendors would
love to have a trade show like
this every year,” Willkie said.
She said the chamber’s
main goal in the event is to
break even, although she would
not share how much the event
cost to put on or how much the
chamber made in return.
The celebration was scat-
tered around the North Coast,
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5K race in Cannon Beach to
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Field and a block party and
1980s-themed dance party at
the Astoria Event Center, com-
plete with a display of DeLo-
reans on Ninth Street.
Another new event for
the 30th anniversary was the
20-stage geocache — the One-
Eyed Willy Treasure Hunt —
organized by Seattle company
Geocaching. Tom Phillips, a
vice president of marketing for
Geocaching, said 812 groups
took part, with three-quarters
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locations and businesses. The
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cache in about 90 minutes.
“The (public relations) val-
ue we had this year is great for
the region year-round,” Willkie
said, adding most of the hotels
she called this weekend were
full, along with Fort Stevens
State Park’s campgrounds and
most of KOA.
The weekend brought out
the Goonies cult following
from around the world.
Possibly the most peculiar
visitor was Brian Kidd, better
known in Portland as the Uni-
piper, a unicycling, kilt- and
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wins gold medal
By ERICK BENGEL
EO Media Group
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Fans of “The Goonies” filled the grass and stands of John Warren Field for an outdoor
screening of the film Saturday night. View more photos online at www.dailyastorian.com
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Sierra Hart, dressed as Mama Fratelli, dances along to ‘80s
music while her sister, Abbi Hart, right, watches. Jen Hart
(not pictured) said she spent six months custom-making
Goonies costumes for her and her kids.
‘The (public relations) value
we had this year is great for
the region year-round.’
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily
Astorian
Brian Kidd, also known
as the Unipiper, unicycles
around Exchange Street
while shooting flames from
his bagpipes Saturday.
Kidd dressed as Sloth for
“The Goonies” anniversary
celebration.
— Regina Willkie
“The Goonies,” adding he
moved from Virginia to Or-
egon years back in part be-
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things I did after moving to
“It’s like my favorite mov- Portland, is drove to Astoria,”
ie growing up,” Kidd said of he said.
marketing director for the Astoria-Warrenton
Area Chamber of Commerce
Darth Vader helmet-wearing
bagpiper.
In Astoria, Kidd donned his
Sloth mask and costume and
rolled around downtown play-
CANNON BEACH —
In an affront to the gods of
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Beach had never seen “The
Goonies.”
In fact, Esther Schrama,
who lives in Houston, Tex-
as, but hails from Holland,
had never even heard of the
1985 cult classic before last
week. She was simply visit-
ing her friend, Cari Schwerd,
in Portland and asked if there
were going to be any races in
the area. Schwerd, a Goonies
fan who came to the coast to
celebrate her birthday, men-
tioned the fun run — held
30 years to the day that “The
Goonies” hit theaters — and
actually heard Schrama ut-
ter the words: “What’s ‘The
Goonies’?”
How does Schwerd ex-
plain the cosmic injustice
that is Schrama’s victory?
“Goonies fans are (busy)
watching the movie instead
of training,” she said.
The nearly 500 runners
at the event, hosted by the
Cannon Beach Chamber of
Commerce, ran northward
along the shoreline from the
Tolovana Beach Wayside to
East Washington Street and
back. The runners’ times
weren’t recorded, but Schra-
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18 minutes, she estimated.
As a warm-up, a small cir-
cle of children and their par-
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where one lifts up one’s shirt
to expose one’s belly and
jiggles it for public amuse-
ment, a stunt made famous
by Chunk, the chunky kid in
“The Goonies” played by the
no-longer-chunky child-ac-
tor-turned-lawyer Jeff Cohen.
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The fan-status of the fun
run attendees — runners and
non-runners, young and old
— ranged from nonexistent,
as in Schrama’s case, to full-
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player).
Dave Freeman, an attor-
ney from Bellingham, Wash.,
showed up dressed as Sloth,
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Quasimodo lookalike, wear-
ing the character’s Superman
T-shirt, red suspenders and
pirate hat. His wife, Miranda,
came as Brand Walsh, the ath-
letic older brother of Mikey
Walsh, the main Goonie.
“I thought there’d be more
Brands (at the fun run),” Mi-
randa said, wearing a red
bandanna and a gray hooded
sweatshirt with the sleeves
cut off, Brand-style. “It’s the
obvious costume to wear at a
5K, right?”
The two 35-year-olds
celebrated “The Goonies”
on Saturday by dressing as
Chunk and Mama Fratelli,
respectively, Freeman said.
And on Friday, Freeman ap-
peared in court in Ferndale,
Wash., sporting a bow tie and
tweed jacket, à la Mr. Walsh,
father of Brand and Mikey.
“Now I’m sounding like
I’m crazy,” Freeman said,
laughing.
Crazy like a dedicated
Goonies fan. And, as the North
Coast’s Goonies extravaganza
proved, such fans are legion,
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— like “The Wizard of Oz,”
“Willy Wonka” and “E.T.” —
speaks to children’s inner adult
and to adults’ inner child.
“It’s like that catchy song
on the radio — you have to
sing along,” Miranda said.
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