Festival schedules some online events to lessen the blow
In normal years, people would flock to Memorial Park and Renne Field over the next four days to participate in Newberg's annual rite — the Old Fashioned Festival. But this year is anything but normal.
The festival was canceled in May in recognition of the pandemic, but organizers are hoping some online events will partially satisfy people who are missing the fun.
"We know canceling this year's festival is the right decision," said committee chairman Brian Love, "but we didn't want the weekend to just come and go without some acknowledgement of the fun time the community is usually involved in at this time."
To that end, festival organizers have created a "virtual version" of the festival that takes form in four events. A Festival Rocks Scavenger Hunt began on July 17 and will continue through Saturday. In it, aspiring artists joined a talented group called Newberg Rocks in painting festival-themed rocks and then hid them in their neighborhoods. Those who find the rocks then photograph them and post them to the festival's Facebook page (NewbergOldFashionedFestival). The rocks can be kept or hidden once again for others to find.
A festival food drive is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the plaza before the Chehalem Cultural Center on Sheridan Street. A drive-thru area will be set up to collect food donations, which will be delivered to Newberg FISH. Committee members and the festival princesses will be on hand to accept the donations.
The festival's most visible and popular event, the parade, will appear virtually as well.
Beginning Saturday and continuing through the follow day, "Send a photo of yourself, your kids with decorated bikes, trikes and wagons, your animals, your old car or parade float — anything that might go in this year's virtual parade. We will put all of the photos together to form the parade." A link will be posted on the festival Facebook page and its website.
For more information go to newbergoldfashionedfestival.org
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