Damascus Challenge: Day in Damascus is Cancelled — but Damascus is Open for Business

Day in Damascus has become a welcome annual event, providing a fun and affordable family-oriented day for our community. Local businesses have made this possible by volunteering to coordinate, staff, and sponsor activities.

Sadly, Day in Damascus 2019 was cancelled, but in February, many community members came together to begin planning for Day in Damascus 2020. A theme was developed – Country Carnival – and many people started signing up as sponsors and volunteers. Deposits were made on attractions, special activities were lined up, and the excitement started growing. Then Covid-19 put a halt to everything. While Day in Damascus 2020 has been cancelled, all the plans and another year to build upon them will make Day in Damascus 2021 the BEST one ever!

This event cannot happen without the support of our local businesses, and right now they are hurting. They need YOU and your support if they are to recover and thrive following the national shut down we have all endured.

The Day in Damascus Planning Committee, Damascus Civic Club, and Kiwanis Club of Damascus-Happy Valley are asking that you participate in “Damascus is Open for Business” – a challenge to visit and support local businesses over the next six weeks. Here are the rules:

1. Visit 12 of the participating local businesses and pick up a challenge booklet. Participating businesses are listed in the booklets and may be found on the Damascus Challenge Facebook page. You may also request a list by calling Jeanne at 971-200-0516.

2. Have those businesses indicate with their business card, receipt, stamp, or signature in the booklet that you participated by making a small purchase or requesting a quote.

3. When your booklet is full, drop it off in the yellow receptacle on the kiosk at the Damascus Centennial Park entrance.

On July 25, 2020, the date when Day in Damascus 2020 would have happened, a drawing of the booklets will take place at Damascus Centennial Park at noon.

  • 3rd Prize: Basket of Business Gifts
  • 2nd Prize: Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise for Two
  • 1st Prize: Salishan Resort Weekend Getaway for Two

Damascus is Open for Business booklets are available at most participating businesses. Please consider visiting as many as possible in the coming weeks, thanking those that have been there for us throughout and welcoming back those finally allowed to reopen. We have the opportunity to give back to our local businesses in gratitude for the many years they have supported Day in Damascus.

Click below for list of Damascus Challenge Participating Businesses:


 Congratulations to all the Graduates who live in Damascus

Congratulations to all those graduating seniors who live in Damascus and attend various high schools including Clackamas, Estacada, Barlow, Centennial, Oregon City, and Damascus Christian School. You have achieved a significant milestone by perseverance and hard work. You’ve made friendships and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Your families have much to be thankful for.

Congratulations, too, to all those from Damascus who have graduated from various colleges and graduate schools.

I wish you the best in your pursuit of those values and accomplishments that have made our Country good and great. “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator” (Ecclesiastes 12:1; NLT).

James De Young — Mayor, City of Damascus

R.I.P. Kathy Ruthruff

We learned today of the passing of Kathy Ruthruff, longtime Damascus citizen and friend to our city.

“She devoted a lot of time trying to advance Damascus with a comprehensive plan. I was present at a number of meetings with her. I had a lot of respect for her work ethic and she was always pleasant to speak with.” — Bill Wehr, City Council President

“(I) also highly respected her service to the City of Damascus. She worked hard to help the City succeed.” — James De Young, Mayor

Click on the link to read more about Kathy and for funeral and memorial information.