There's going to be lots of things to do on the Fourth of July in Prineville and Crook County

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - The Band of Brothers Prineville Chapter organizes the Fourth of July Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on the corner of Fourth and Deer streets on Wednesday. Pictured, veterans ride on their float in the 2017 parade.

Prineville is the place to be on July 4, with a full slate of patriotic activities on the calendar.

From a pancake breakfast at City Plaza to fireworks at dark, the community can celebrate Independence Day from morning to night.

Following are several events planned for Wednesday, July 4 in Crook County.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

The Seventh Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Prineville City Plaza, 387 NE Third St., as a fundraiser for the local Kiwanis Club. The $7 all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Children younger than 6 eat for free.

Diesel locomotive rides

All aboard for an old-fashioned, all-American Fourth of July in Prineville. This Independence Day, the City of Prineville Railway is offering free diesel locomotive excursion rides beginning at 8 a.m. with hourly runs until 1 p.m. Tickets for the train rides are free but are required to ride.

Tickets are available online at For those without internet access, call the City of Prineville Railway to secure tickets, 541-447-6251.

Railway Operations Manager Matt Wiederholt said requiring tickets for the rides will make it a more positive experience.

"We had too many people showing up. We'd have 200 seats, and we'd have 500 or 600 people show up," Wiederholt said, adding that the traffic congestion also caused problems. "Sometimes, people would have to wait three, sometimes four hours to get on."

There are 200 tickets available for each of the six hour-long rides, but Wiederholt said early this week that 850 people have already gotten tickets.

Boarding will be at the Prineville Freight Depot, 3840 Bus Evans Road, each hour on the hour. Children are welcome to ride, but those 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Riders must bring printed tickets and water and should wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and a sunhat. No skirts or dresses allowed on the ride.

Happy Hoppers 4-H Club members will sell snow cones, water and soda.

The City of Prineville Railway, the longest-running, city-owned-and-operated railroad in the country, is turning 100 this year. The first freight train arrived in Prineville Aug. 24, 1918. A century later, the Prineville Railway continues to spur economic development and evoke community pride, Wiederholt said.

Annual Fourth of July Book Sale

The Friends of the Crook County Library Annual Fourth of July Book Sale includes thousands of library materials and opens with free admission at 8 a.m. July 4 and continues until 4 p.m. at the Crook County Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive.

The sale features fiction and nonfiction books, reference materials, magazines, CDs, DVDS and other library materials. Prices range from 25 cents to $1.

A bag sale will begin at 3:30 p.m. when a filled grocery bag is $5. There will be a silent auction throughout the day until 3:30 p.m.

All proceeds support the library and activity programs.

Firecracker 100K Group Road Ride

The 18th Annual Firecracker 100K Group Road Ride begins at Good Bike Co., 284 NE Third St., at 7:30 a.m.

The route follows the Crook River Canyon Scenic Bikeway south to the Prineville Reservoir before heading west toward Brasada Ranch, where participants will have snacks and beverages. The route then continues north past Highway 126 before heading back to Prineville and ending at Ochoco Creek Park for the Crook County Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. There will be two additional water/snack stops along the way.

Registration is $25 per rider. Proceeds will go to The Center Foundation to help support the Crook County High School athletic trainer.

Register online at or at Good Bike Co. Same-day registration is available from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on July 4 for $30 per rider.

For more information, call 541-903-0509.

Splash N Dash

The annual Splash N Dash, a fundraiser for the Crook County track and field program, happens Wednesday morning, July 4. The first heat of the multi-sport events starts at 8 a.m. at the Prineville Swimming Pool, 399 NE Garner St.

The event includes swimming, biking, kayaking and running for teams and individuals. It also includes a John Marsh Memorial 5K run, which begins at 9 a.m. at the pool. A portion of the proceeds will go to help support Shea Little and his family.

Cost for each of the events is $25 per team member or $30 per individual.

Registration forms are available at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and the Prineville Athletic Club. Mail or drop off registration forms and fees to Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, 185 NE 10th St., Prineville, OR 97754. Registration is also available online at and at the pool from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. race day.

For more information, contact Ernie Brooks at 541-350-3405.

Fourth of July Parade

The Prineville Chapter of the Band of Brothers presents the Fourth of July Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Deer streets, ending at Ochoco Creek Park. The parade grand marshal is local World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient Walt Orem. A short program will follow at the park with speaker Jack Collie, the Band of Brothers Honor Guard, and the singing of the National Anthem.

Registration and check-in will start at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Fourth and Harwood streets. For more information, contact Darla Byus, 541-420-7976 or Earlene Ervin, 541-447-5451.

Crook County Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Once the parade concludes on Fourth Street, the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and the Crook County Parks and Recreation District will host the 2018 Crook County Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Ochoco Creek Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Around 30 vendors will sell crafts, clothing, jewelry, furniture, soaps, food and more. There will be food, beer, yard games, kids activities and DJ music by Kraus House Entertainment.

Sports and Outdoor Equipment Sale

Crook County Parks and Recreation District and the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host a used recreation sale at Ochoco Creek Park during the Crook County Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bowman Museum

The Bowman Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday.

The Great Fish Race

Community members are invited to cast a line for youth by purchasing $5 fish tickets for The Great Fish Race to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Central Oregon-Crook County, Crook County Kids Club, and Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

Tickets are for sale at these organizations through July 4 and at Western Days June 29-30. Each rubber fish has a number that coordinates to the sold tickets. The fish will be dumped into the Ochoco Creek at 4 p.m. near the foot bridge at Ochoco Creek Park and will swim downstream, ending at the Elm Street bridge, where the first three that bump into the net will be the winners.

First prize gets $1,000. Second place wins a paddle board package worth $500. Third place gets an overnight resort package worth $250. Winners must be at least 18 years old.

Fireworks Viewing at Meadow Lakes

Meadow Lakes Golf Course and Restaurant hosts a Fireworks Viewing get-together Wednesday night. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can sit near the club house to watch the fireworks display, which begins at dark, around 10 p.m. The lounge will be open until 9 p.m. Personal fireworks will not be allowed.


Prineville Disposal and Septic Pros sponsor the grand finale of Independence Day in Prineville. The fireworks display begins at dark — around 10 p.m. Western Display will ignite the fireworks from Ochoco Viewpoint.

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