World's only 'Great Salt Lick' contest set for Sept. 22 in Baker City

09/19/12  Portland, Ore.

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The 6th annual Great Salt Lick contest/benefit for the Oregon Health & Science University Parkinson Center of Oregon


Sept 22, 2012. Food, viewing and judging: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; auction begins at 7 p.m.


VAOI Event Center, 1901 Main Street, Baker City, Ore.


The world’s only salt lick contest, The Great Salt Lick, raises money for the Parkinson Center of Oregon. Participants submit “artful” salt blocks licked by cattle or other livestock. More than $1,000 in prize money will be awarded in various categories. Among others, there will be awards for “best poem” and “best song” to go with a submitted salt lick and for the salt lick that looks most like Michael J. Fox (the actor who has Parkinson’s disease).

The salt licks will be auctioned after the contest. In its five years of existence, the Great Salt Lick has raised more than $30,000 for Parkinson’s research and the OHSU Parkinson Center of Oregon. The event’s founder, Whit Deschner of Baker County, has Parkinson’s disease and is a patient of the Parkinson Center of Oregon.

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Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only academic health and research university. As Portland's largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.