St. Paul Rodeo, Yamhill Lavender Festival and Old Fashioned Festival on tap

For anyone looking to have some fun in the month of July, the Newberg area certainly is the place to be.

The nation’s largest Fourth of July rodeo, which actually kicked off Tuesday and continues through the fifth, is just seven miles south of Newberg and takes form as the St. Paul Rodeo.

The event began with the Pro Bull Riders competition last night under clear skies and features a plethora of fun that ranges from taking a chance on the rides of the midway to grabbing a cool one in the Tap Room, grabbing some grub at one of the midway’s food purveyors to perusing the creations at the Wild West Art Show.July 2 editorial

But the hottest action is within the confines of the arena, where men strap themselves to saddle broncs, bareback horses and legendary bulls and attempt to remain hidebound for eight seconds in order to grab a share of one of the richest purses in all of rodeo. Most won’t make it, their fate instead to be cast aside by a malicious beast indifferent to the rider’s quest for glory and cash.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit or take a gander at the pullout in last week’s Newberg Graphic.

The dust of the St. Paul Rodeo will have barely settled when a much more genteel event will unfold 12 miles west of Newberg as the Yamhill Lavender Festival gets underway. The event, now in its tenth year, features all things lavender, from traditional flower arrangements to the unusual, such as lavender beer, lavender coffee drinks, lavender soda and a still for creating lavender essential oils.

The festival is set for July 12-13 at Beulah Park in Yamhill. For more information and a schedule, visit www.

The same weekend the Special Olympics will take place July 12-13 across Newberg. For more ­information, visit

The month will close with the spectacle that is the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival. Set for July 24-27 and centered around Memorial Park, the festival features everything from great music to a grand parade, pancake breakfast, the best fireworks in the area and much, much more.

Look for more information on the Old Fashioned Festival in upcoming issues of this newspaper.

So get out there and enjoy the fruits of summer while you can.

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