Pamplin Media Group – Lumber Yard Food Cart Pod Hosts 4th of July Celebration

A collection of varied restaurants give back to the community with a summer vacation affair

Ivan Gongora is excited.

The 4th of July is approaching and he has been working on a celebration for the holiday at the Lumber Yard Food Cart Pod, 380 SW Zobrist St., Estacada, since September 2021. The celebration takes place Monday, July 4, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The event is hosted by the food trucks, but several other vendors will be providing services, such as a face painting booth, petting zoo, mechanical bull, bouncy house, and pie contest.

“We like to focus not just on our business, but on the businesses around us,” Gongora said. “It’s a community and we just want the best for the community.”

While planning the event, Gongora kept community members at the forefront of her mind.

“We are trying to make everything more affordable for families because there are a lot of people who have struggled during the pandemic,” Gongora said.

Gongora runs the Bobablast bubble tea cart and her mother owns the Mayan food cart in the same place. He grew up in Estacada and has always enjoyed giving back to the community.

“My brother and I grew up volunteering and giving back to the community,” he said. “The more you support the community, the more the community supports you.”

He plans to keep the celebration going long into the future.

“It wasn’t a tradition, but we can keep a tradition, and I don’t mind adding to the event,” Gongora said.

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