As happens every year in the waning days of July, residents of Newberg are beginning to set aside their cares and differences, former residents are return to visit family and friends, and all of the major institutions of the city are coming together for a common cause.
The reason, of course, is for the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival — "Newberg's biggest party," said Kimberly Zoutendijk, an organizer for the event.
With the theme of "Small Town Saturday Night" this year, the event will likely bring droves of area residents to a variety of events beginning Thursday, concentrated around the public parks just south of downtown.
"It's the easiest way to see the heart of Newberg, because all the major players in town come together to make this festival work," Zoutendjik said. "Leave your cares 'till Monday and come have a good time at Old Fashioned Festival."
Although she said there won't be any notable new events or changes this year, one notable absence will be the Brews and BBQ event, which occurred last weekend.
While she said organizers are looking for a new host for some sort of beer garden, she recommended festival goers seek out one of downtown's many tasting rooms or Barley & Vine Tavern.
OId Fashioned Festival will kick off in earnest Thursday evening as the carnival and scout expo gets going at Renne Park at 4 p.m. and live music starts playing at Memorial Park at the same time.
Special events Thursday evening include the kids' parade at 6 p.m., followed by the dog costume contest at 6:30 p.m. at the Renne Park tennis courts and the coronation ceremony at 8 p.m. at Memorial Park.
Music and the carnival will keep going through afternoon and evening Friday while the Chehalem Cultural Center will have chalk art kits throughout the festival for artists of all ages to make their mark on designated sidewalks.
The main events start Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with the Grand Festival Parade.
While the day will have plenty to offer attendees with the daily events, adding to the fun Saturday will be the Rotary Breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon, the Colton Fettig Disc Golf Tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Geocaching Coin Challenge at 1:30 p.m.
The Grand Fireworks show – perhaps the most bombastic and beloved part of the festival – will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Hard-core festival goers will be back early Sunday morning for the regular 5K run/walk, which starts at 8 a.m. in Memorial Park.
In addition, Sunday will bring the popular Cruise In car show to Sixth Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the Antique Fire Truck Show in Renne Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The festival will end with the Hymn Sing at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Park.
More information about the festival is available at http://newbergoldfashionedfestival.com/.