The annual parade will temporarily close Highway 47 through town, about eight miles south of Gaston.

One of the region's most beloved events, Yamhill Derby Days, will be taking place next month from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22.

Derby Days is an annual summer celebration staged by the Yamhill Community Club at Beulah City Park, located at 410 E. Main St. in the small city of Yamhill, about eight miles south of Gaston. The event features old-fashioned family fun, with an auction Saturday, July 21, to raise money for club activities and improvements at Beulah Park.

Derby Days kicks off Friday evening with a court coronation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. talent show and activities like karaoke and bingo.

The centerpiece of the weekend festival, though, is the parade Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is shutting down roughly a mile-long stretch of Highway 47, signed through Yamhill as Maple Street, from 10 to 11 a.m. for the parade. A signed detour route for through traffic will be set up during the closure, according to ODOT.

The parade staging area is the parking lot of Yamhill Carlton High School, located at 275 N. Maple St. in Yamhill.

Parade entrants must register at the desk in front of the high school gymnasium between 8 and 9:15 a.m. Entrants will be judged in a number of categories, with ribbons awarded for winners.

As is customary, before the parade, at 7 a.m., the Carlton-Yamhill Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Yamhill Fire Protection District station, located at 275 S. Olive St. in Yamhill.

Following the parade, more events will be held throughout the day at Beulah Park, including karaoke, bingo, soap box races, tricycle races and a frog jumping contest.

The live auction will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday is a clean-up day at Beulah Park, with Derby Days attendees and other community members all encouraged to come out at 9 a.m. to volunteer. At 5 p.m., a free barbecue dinner sponsored by the Yamhill Christian Church will be held in the park.

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