The annual Donald Hazelnut Festival transforms the city of under 1,000 into a bustling party of live music, a car show, a parade and kids games.
The volunteer-driven celebration lands on Saturday, July 8, starting off with a soft opening at 10:30 a.m. of vendor booths and kids activities, but really picking up with the 11 a.m. parade.
This year's parade celebrates the theme "God Bless Small Town America!" Those who want to enter the parade need to arrive at the corner of Rees and Huckleberry streets starting at 9 a.m. (no later than 10) to allow for staging. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade, and forms should be completed at www.donaldhazelnutfestival.com and turned in by July 5. There may be room for late registrants, but it's not guaranteed.
Another much-anticipated part of the Hazelnut Festival is the popular Classic Chrome Car Cruise-in show, sponsored by GK Machine and Donald Industrial Park, which hosted nearly 150 cars last year. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 25 custom-made trophies awarded at 4 p.m. Car owners can still register at www.donaldhazelnutfestival.com.
From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., kids can enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, classic games and a meet-and-greet with Disney character Belle and Spider-Man, who will both be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m.
Visitors can peruse the car show, the Pape agricultural equipment show at Bear Electric (from noon to 6 p.m.) as well as the many vendors while listening to tunes of live entertainers. Start the morning off from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with the Oregon Trail Pitchpipers on the Main Street stage. Following the parade, blues entertainer Norman Sylvester will perform in two blocks, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:45 to 3 p.m. Sandwiched between his performances is The Beat Goes On Marching Band, which will perform in the food court area. Pallet Junkies, a Portland-based acoustic duo, will close out the day by taking to the stage from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Looking to volunteer? The website has a place for that kind of registration too! And even if you're not volunteering for Hazelnut Festival, there's still a way you can give back: There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Donald Community Center. The collection goal is to have 87 donors. Reserve a donation time at www.donaldhazelnutfestival.com or call 1-866-236-3276 for eligibility requirements.
The festival also has a prize-filled raffle with $7,000 worth of prizes for anyone wishing to participate. Prizes include a guided salmon or sturgeon fishing tour for up to five people, a two-night stay at Bear Lodge at Neskowin Creek Resort (four drawings) and a $1,000 gift card to Rich's Gun Shop. Tickets are $10 for one or three for $20. To purchase raffle tickets, visit www.donaldhazelnutfestival.com or call 503-902-5047. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. at the festival.