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Organizers cancel Sand in the City event for 2016

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The Sand in the City event would turn Pioneer Square into a sandbox every July for the last 20 years. (KPTV File) The Sand in the City event would turn Pioneer Square into a sandbox every July for the last 20 years. (KPTV File)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Saying it was time to “refocus the positive energy” created by the event, the organizers of Sand in the City said the tradition will not return to Portland this summer.

The event would turn Pioneer Square into a sandbox, and feature competitions like a speed sand carving contest.

The fundraiser, which was held each July for the last 20 years, was started to benefit the Kids on the Block Awareness Program. It donated $100,000 for five children’s charities in 2015, according to organizers.

The team behind Sand in the City noted that over the two decades of the event, volunteers have raised more than $3.5 million for Portland children’s groups.

Organizers also thanked the Yoshida Group and Hoffman Construction Company for their sponsorship of the event since its inception, including Hoffman’s moving in and out of more than 150 tons of sand for the event each year.

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