February 15, 2009

Oregon gets 400-pound cake for birthday

The state of Oregon has turned 150 years old and received a 400-pound cake for its sesquicentennial party, party attendees say.

While the seven-layer cake was meant to serve 3,000 people, 6,000 showed up for Saturday's festivities at the Capitol in Salem, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Sunday.

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You sure serve a crummy cake, 70-year-old Salem resident Merwyn Richert joked to cake servers at the event.

I just wanted to have a taste, Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council member Theonie Gilmore, who managed to grab a morsel, told The Oregonian. It was good.

In addition to free cake and ice cream, those who showed up got a helping of oratory from Gov. Ted Kulongoski and other state leaders.

More than anything else, Kulongoski told event attendees Saturday,

Oregon officially became the 33rd U.S. state Feb.14, 1859.