The long running Newberg Old Fashioned Festival will return at month's end, bringing back fan-favorites ranging from a talent show to a dog costume contest, from a 5K run to a car show, grand parade, fireworks and more.
Leslie Carsley, co-chairperson of the festival committee, said folks can expect much of the same from the events this year. The event runs July 25-28 and is a long-running tradition people from here and away can enjoy.
"It's just been something that's been looked forward to in the summer for years," she said. "It's a yearly event, something people look forward to every year."
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. July 25 with Street Chalk Art at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Chalk art kits are available at the CCC beginning July 23 and continuing through July 27. That Thursday will also include the opening of the carnival at Renne Field, live music on the main stage at Memorial Park, a children's parade, the dog costume contest and the festival court coronation at 8 p.m., also on the main stage.
The annual children's parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Newberg School District administration building and loops through southern Newberg before returning to the same spot.
The dog costume contest, which has a "Dancing in the Streets" theme this year, will kick off at 6:45 p.m. July 25. The event opens at 6 p.m. and will be at the Renne Field tennis court. Prizes will go to the best costume for a small, medium and large dogs, as well as best representation of the theme.
On July 27, the day kicks off again with Street Chalk Art work at the CCC. Exhibits, food and vendors will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the midway at Memorial Park, entertainment on the children's stage is set for 2 to 5 p.m. and carnival rides at Renne Field are sure to thrill from 2 to 11 p.m. From 5 to 8 p.m., there will be Old Fashioned Friday Night, where folks can sample food, wine, beer and other offerings from participating merchants.
Carsley said, like in past years, the festival will have passports for festival goers to use at participating businesses. You can get a passport signed at a participating business, and that passport can get you entered into a drawing for a grand prize.
Passports will be available at Jac's Hometown Deli beginning Friday, as well as at the festival at First and Howard Street. Old Fashioned Friday Night runs from 5-8 p.m.
A Boy Scout expo runs throughout the weekend adjacent to the carnival on Sixth Street for anyone interested in becoming a scout. The family-friendly activities include outdoor recreation, carnival and scout games, Dutch oven tastings, a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue safety house, and a lookout tower.
Saturday's events kick off with the Rotary pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park. The Street Art events reconvenes at the CCC from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Disc Golf Colton Fettig Tournament will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ewing Young Park. There is a $5 entry fee for the 18-hole event, which is in its sixth year.
The grand parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and typically runs through noon. The event, which Carsley said draws thousands, makes a circuitous route that begins and ends at the school district office.
Carnival rides games and food start at 4 to 10 p.m. July 25 at Renne Field and runs through the weekend. Wristbands are for sale in advance for $25 and includes two games or $35 at the door.
The International Stage will run from 4 to 10 p.m. on July 27, featuring folkloric dance performances, Mexican live music, prizes, dancing, Mexican street food and other events.
The sounds of powerful engines on East Sixth Street will permeate the air at the Cruise-In & Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28. Carsley said they are hoping to have around 175 cars on hand for the event.
Carsley said to honor the recent passing of Al Blodgett, the former Newberg Fire Department chief, the fire apparatus show at Renne Field will be dedicated in his honor.
Several groups will perform during the event. DJ Danny Dwyer will kick off the event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 25 in Memorial Park. From there, Lil' Queenie – a Detroit-based cover band – will take over. On July 26, Deacon Jones and the Dirty Rotten Sinners will perform southern rock from 5:30 to 8 p.m., followed by Newberg native and bluesman Ben Rice. On July 27, the Nu Wavers, who play hits from college radio, will take the stage from 1:30 to 4 p.m. From 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Exiles – a dance rock band specializing in classic hits – will take over. From 7 to 10 p.m. at the Renne Field stage, Time Machine, a cover band, will take the stage. Finally, Cool Change PDX, a rock band, will play from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park.
The Nebwerg Community Band will perform twice during the show as well, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. July 28 in Memorial Park
For a full list of events, visit https://bit.ly/2JAlLVi.
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