Newberg's annual summer party only a week away

Sure, Newberg has its Memorial Day boat races, its Tunes on Tuesday, Farmers Market and a variety of other events occurring from May through September, but nothing is quintessentially summer like the Old Fashioned Festival. And we’re only a week short of its return for another year.July 16 editorial

As always, things will kick off on Thursday (July 24) with the kid’s parade, an event that winds through the streets of south Newberg that is a favorite of both the kids themselves and the grown-ups who will line the shady streets to catch a glimpse of the wild costumes and crazy contraptions the kids produce each year.

Soon after the Chehalem Park and Recreation District will stage its dog costume contest at the Renne tennis courts. If you haven’t attended before, this event is a hoot.

The queen’s coronation is the main attraction Thursday and never fails to inspire the hundreds that gather at the main stage to witness the crowning of new royalty.

Over the course of the four days Memorial Park and Renne Field will host the festival midway, a colorful carnival with heart-stopping rides, great food, interesting booths and a chance to catch up with friends.

The main event, the grand parade, winds through the streets Saturday morning and is a spectacle every Newbergian should witness at least once.

The Rotary Pancake Breakfast, staged in Memorial Park Saturday and Sunday, is a favorite for festival-goers looking to fuel up before they continue on.

Perhaps the best fireworks show in the Northwest is set for Saturday evening and never fails to draw oohs and aahs from the enormous crowd who assemble at Renne Field.

A growing car show is set for Sunday on Sixth Street and antique fire apparatus will be on hand at Renne Field as well.

The Old Fashioned Festival is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people passionate about Newberg’s annual summer party. Every summer they produce a spectacle that is better than the year before, so come out, show your support and have some fun. It’s all for you Newberg.

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