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Photo Credit: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The George Morland Plumbing float in the Saturday parade through downtown North Plains featured a large elephant figure -- symbolizing elephant garlic -- as well as the king and queen of the 17th annual festival.Organizers say more than 25,000 people headed to North Plains last weekend to celebrate one of the town’s summertime favorites: garlic.

In its 17th year, the three-day North Plains Garlic Festival appeared to be a hit. Aug. 8 was the busiest festival Friday the North Plains Events Association had ever seen, with vendors reporting a 30 percent sales increase, noted Patti Burns of the NPEA.

The Tigard Knights of Columbus sold out of their award-winning garlic green beans, mashed potatoes and chicken meal, going through 1,000 pounds of chicken. Photo Credit: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - North Plains Mayor David Hatcher braved the heat while dressed to the nines.

Just Shuck It won first place for its garlic oysters and shrimp dishes.

Mita’s Italian Ice won third place for its garlic ice cream and sold more than 80 gallons of the treat.

The Hillsboro American Legion sold 1,000 ears of corn and Loughridge Farms of Hillsboro sold 1,500 pounds of fresh garlic.

A few North Plains establishments took their expertise al fresco, including the Rogue Brew Pub & Eatery and the new guys in town, Hits the Spot Café.

The heat curbed the usual dancing crowd, Burns said, but musicians rocked the afternoon away. Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Mary Ellen and Melvin Van Domelen are all smiles as they pose beside their antique car before the Garlic Festival parade.

Patrick Lamb and Carrie Cunningham were especially popular.

It takes almost 300 volunteers to make the event happen, Burns said.

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