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Oregon celebrates 160 years with history and more cake

The Oregon Capitol will host a celebration that will include a Native American education component for the first time.

SGT. PAUL RUSHING/OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT - Right to left, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond Rees, and Spc. Alex Amen of Oregon's 234 Army Bandtake use a saber to cut the Oregon's 150th birthday cake at the Oregon Ball at the Salem Convention CenterThe Oregon Capitol will host a belated birthday party for the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

Oregon's statehood turns 160 on Valentine's Day.

Costumed interpreters will lead party guests on a journey through history to explore life in Oregon in the 1800s.

Educational activities and entertainment for the first time include a component on Oregon's longest residents, Native Americans.

The party also includes free birthday cake and music by the Old Time Fiddlers.

Past birthday cakes have been elaborate and are often sliced by the governor.

In 2009, Gov. Ted Kulongoski cut the state's birthday cake with a saber.

More information is available at the event's Facebook page.


Cake also will be served on the state's actual birthday at noon Feb. 14 in the Galleria — a time when legislators are in session.