Event Recap: Budtender Appreciation Day | Oregon 2017

The 2017 Oregon B.A.D. Party Presented by Ionic Vape was held on July 23rd at the Castaway in NW Portland. In true DOPE fashion, we put on an evening of inspired and hilarious activities celebrating the people that work to educate and inform the consumers of cannabis – the budtenders! Weather was perfect, the Fremont Bridge backdrop was fitting, and the cannabis community showed up tough.

More than 300 people from all over the state came to represent for the first ever Cannabis Gladiator Games. Our big winners of the night, now the owners of an over five foot tall official DOPE B.A.D Party trophy, were Amazon Organics!

Congrats to all the Budtenders who competed, you guys represented Oregon in a big way. Competitors faced off in a series of games including a gladiator joust, sumo wrestling, archery hoverball, cannabis trivia and a sponsor booth scavenger hunt. Teams showed up in homemade uniforms with The Farmacy from Astoria going all out, using real cannabis leaves and puffy paint for their outfits!

The indoor industrial setting was home to presenting sponsor Ionic Vape as well as supporting sponsors Leafly, Green Bits and FlavRX, all with tables of unending swag for guests. DA Booth was also in the house allowing attendees to get their fun on by dressing up and having their candid photos taken and displayed instantly on the wall. Brunch Box treated guests to their infamous Grilled Cheese Sandwich Burgers and copious amounts of pizza was had by all.

Jousting was a sight to see as contenders tried to knock each other off platforms with air-inflated jousting poles. Sumo wrestling had players bouncing around the mat toppling each other which made for lots of laughs. Even watching players get in the costumes was comical! DJ Cide made the trip South from Seattle to make the music happen, bringing that DOPE vibe.

Supporting sponsors Lunchbox Alchemy, Marley Natural, TJ’s Gardens and Rebel Spirit Cannabis took up residency outside with games and merchandise galore. Rebel Spirit even brought a costume of their eagle mascot and required representatives of each dispensary to wear the costume and “fly” amongst the guests to get their freebies!

The outside area was lit up and fogged up with Oregon’s best smoke. Expect the B.A.D. Cannabis Gladiator Tournament to be back next year with a vengeance, thanks Oregon!

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