Newbergs annual rite of summer packs a lot of fun into four days

The Old Fashioned Festival keeps getting bigger and better.

Newberg, and visitors from outside the city, were treated to four days of fun and spectacle last week as the town’s annual summer party was unveiled at venues cloistered around the civic corridor. Memorial Park was the center of it all, with bands gracing the main stage, a midway full of interesting booths and delectable food, the display of everyday science experiments and a place to meet with friends.

Journey just a few blocks south and one was struck by the color and sound of the carnival at Renne Field. The international stage featured some hot acts, there were elephant ears for those hungry and perilous rides for those with strong stomachs and a thirst for adventure. Nearby, on Saturday evening, the Ben Rice band entertained thousands of festival-goers at Renne Field as a precursor to one of the best fireworks shows in the whole region. It was truly a sight to behold.

Of course, there was the kids’ parade, grand parade, Rotary pancake breakfast, dog costume contest, a display of antique fire apparatus, the cruise-in, the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce’s new Brews & BBQ and much more on hand to delight and enthrall.

We can only hope that the Old Fashioned Festival will continue for many, many years — it is truly a great small town festival and one that makes Newberg a unique place.

Good work to all involved in putting on this annual gem.

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