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The 2013 Old Fashioned Festival will commence Thursday with queens coronation and kids parade

Adding a sense of adventure to and helping to spread tokens from Newberg’s annual summer celebration, the Old Fashioned Festival’s inaugural geocaching event proved to be a hit last year. by: GARY ALLEN - Carnival rides are just one draw of the Old Fashioned Festival, which begins tonight with the kids' parade, dog costume contest and queen's coronation.

After drawing more than 250 people to the festival grounds in its first go around, organizers will once again send festival goers and geocaching enthusiasts to retrieve clues at new hidden locations around town. Those who complete the challenge will receive a unique Old Fashioned Festival item or “trackable” that can be traced online as geocachers spread them to caches across the country and even the world.

“We had been to several events because it’s something we really enjoy as a family and wanted to start one here,” event chairwoman Kim Zoutendijk said. “We went to different events and posted on Portland Geocaching’s Facebook page and just spread the word.”

A year ago, participants found locations around the festival grounds that revealed the coordinates of caches across Newberg and the prize was a commemorative coin with the festival logo on one side and a tracking number for www.geocaching.com on the other.

This year, contestants will visit several downtown area businesses to learn the coordinates of five new caches and the prize will be a traceable dog tag that can be attached to small items.

Cascade Laser Corp. in Newberg made and inscribed the dog tags, 10 downtown businesses pitched in to pay for the tracking codes.

Zoutendijk said about 80 percent of contestants came from out of town to last year’s event, but that the geocaching community in Newberg and Dundee is growing.

Participants will need to bring a GPS device or a GPS-enabled smart phone, but Zoutendijk said experienced treasure hunters are known for being especially helpful with people new to the sport.

“Come with a little bit of geo sense and look up some postings,” Zoutendijk said. “There’s lots of stuff on YouTube. There’s over one million geocaches hidden around the world and a couple million geocachers. It’s a great growing sport.”

Of course, festival goers will also have the opportunity to participate in their favorite traditional events as well, like the Kids’ Parade, which will start near the corner of Sixth and School streets at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Also on Thursday will be the dog costume contest, which will open at 6 p.m. and go on stage at the Renne Field tennis courts at 7 p.m. That will be followed by the queen’s coronation ceremony at 8 p.m. at Memorial Park.

The Grand Festival Parade, which will be lead by Grand Marshals Jill Dorrell, Becky Green and Stacy McGinnis, will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday on Meridian Street before proceeding north to Second Street, then west to Main Street, back east on Third Street and finishing at Memorial Park on Blaine Street.

The carnival and Haworth Family Shows will take place at Renne Field from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Scout Expo will also run the first three days of the festival, from noon to 9 p.m. at the children’s corner in Memorial Park.

The children’s stage will include entertainment from 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, including the fourth annual Newberg’s Got Talent Show, as well as acts from the Chehalem Park and Recreation District camp, the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, the Newberg High School Tiger Riot dance team and the Dragonfly Tae Kwon Do studio.

Musical acts will be on Memorial Park stage each day of the festival, beginning with Lace & Lead from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. Tango Alpha Tango will play from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Chris Loid from 7:30 to 9 p.m.. The 45’s will perform from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with Ben Rice going from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Renne Field stage. The Newberg Community Orchestra will give the final performance from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday on the Memorial Park stage.

Newberg Rotary will get things started early over the weekend by hosting a breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at Memorial Park. As usual, Saturday will be capped off by a fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Renne Field.

There will still be plenty to see and do Sunday, including the 5K run, which will register runners at 7:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. race. A car show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sixth Street, with the antique fire truck show and swap meet set to run from noon to 4 p.m. at the corner at Renne Field.

The traditional Hymn Sing will close out this year’s festival at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Park.