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Enjoy food, performances, dog races, more at Memorial Park on Friday and Saturday

COURTESY PHOTO: SUMMERFEST - There will be ample opportunities for children at this year's Summerfest, including facepainting.

Newberg's Summerfest is proof that fun for the whole family can still be affordable these days.

Salted for Friday and Saturday at Memorial Park, Summerfest will feature live music from six different bands, dancing, circus performers, food and drink, games and even Weiner dog races.

"Want to learn how to juggle?" Tim Tesmer, Summerfest's head organizer, said. "This is the place … This is a great venue for the family or groups of friends wanting to get together. We have everything you need for a great party."

Summerfest is a fundraiser for the Newberg Earlybird Rotary club, an organization that supports both local and international charity work. This year the goal is to raise $20,000.

The event originally started in 2014 under the name Oktoberfest and took place in September, but due to weather problems last year, organizers rebranded and moved it forward a month.COUTESY PHOTO: SUMMERFEST - Wiener dog races will be held Friday and Saturday at Summerfest.

Among the food vendors will be Mythical Mini Donuts, Soup Meets Soul, G&W Caribbean Smoked BBQ and Knights of Columbus. Craft beer vendors include Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant, Chehalem Valley Brewing, Boneyard Beer, Barn Door Brewing, Heater Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer and Bauman's Century Farm Cider. Catering to wine enthusiasts are Meraviglioso and Canned Oregon.

On both days, circus performers from Flamebouyant Productions in Portland will demonstrate fire hooping, juggling and stilt walking. Attendees can also get their faces painted.

On Friday, Summerfest opens at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Midnight & Moonshine will play from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the Ben Rice Band at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the fun starts at noon and finishes at 10 p.m. The band schedule is as follows: Corral Creek from noon to 1:45 p.m., Ronni Ky and the Wine Time Band from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., SureFire from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and PDX Transit Authority from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO: SUMMERFEST - Beers from myriad breweries will be on tap for the event.

Registration for the Wiener dog races is from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the qualifying rounds from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Finals and awards will be at 2:15 p.m. One race is strictly for Dachshunds and the other, called All Comers, is for dogs of any breed. Each participating dog must have two handlers, one to hold the dog at the start and the other to collect the dog at the end.

"You might see Ernie Banks, somewhat of a Terrier, in his superman cape racing a Great Dane and Cockapoo," Tesmer said. "You never know who's going to show up!"

Games and contests — including corn hole, basketball shooting, bocce ball, egg toss, team relays, root beer chugging and stein hoisting — will end at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Summerfest or to register for the Weiner Dog Races, visit newbergsummerfest.com. Admission is $5 for adults 21 and older and free for children.


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