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Community of Donald is about to go (hazel)nuts

The second annual Donald Hazelnut Festival to kick off Saturday with parade on Main Street


by: INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The second annual Donald Hazelnut Festival - celebrating rural life, agriculture and local businesses - will be held this Saturday along downtown Main Street. The festivities kick off the parade at 11 a.m., which will feature classic, restored and souped-up cars, like the one pictured.The second annual Donald Hazelnut Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday along Main Street in Donald.

The festival’s goals are to celebrate rural life in the Donald area, agriculture and local businesses.

Dan and JoAnn Keeley, of St. Paul, will head the parade, which starts off festivities at 11 a.m.

The Keeleys were named Growers of the Year by the Nut Growers Association and are both active volunteers in their community.

There will be a canned food drive, factory tours, live music, vendors and local artisans, food, children’s play area, dunk tank, coloring/art contest, barbecue competition and more.

This year’s barbecue contest this year is sponsored by Voget Meats of Hubbard, Holland Fabricators of Donald and GK Machine Inc.

To register for the competition, print, complete and mail in the entry form, which is available for free on the Hazelnut Festival’s website. by: INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The second annual Donald Hazelnut Festival - celebrating rural life, agriculture and local businesses - will be held this Saturday along downtown Main Street. The festivities kick off the parade at 11 a.m., which will feature entrants like Marcus and Osprey Gibbons, of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

There is a $10 entry fee for the competition this year. All competition meats will be provided by Voget Meats. Complete competition rules will be emailed to participants two weeks prior to the contest.

The coloring page and instructions for the art contest are also available online.

In addition, the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District is planning a special spinning wheel event. Details and instructions will be added to the website as the day of the festival draws near. If any entry forms are needed for this event, they will be provided at the festival.

The festival’s live music offerings will be headlined by Bobby Freeman’s Rockin Piano, performing from his flaming ’59 Cadillac (dubbed “The Spirit of America”) at the Classic Chrome Cruise-In.

On the GK Machine Main Stage, audiences will hear from Evolver, sponsored by Canby Music, the Oregon Trail Pitchpipers, The Gail Gage Band and the Rob Rainwater Band.

All concerts are free.

The canned food and 100 percent of the funds collected will benefit the food bank in Donald at the Nazarene Church, the AWARE Food Bank in Woodburn, F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service to Humanity) in Newberg and the Chemeketa Food Pantry at Chemeketa Community College.

Featured vendors include Whatz Poppin, Connie Bonn Jewelry, Glenda Creekmore — who is doing face painting for donations to the Liberty House child abuse assessment center in Salem — He Sells These Shells, Karen Knits and New Life Church.

For more information or for entry forms for the various competitions and events, check the website at donald hazelnutfestival.com or email info@donaldhazelnut festival.com.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, 99 percent of all U.S. hazelnut production comes from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Approximately 650 farms grow hazelnuts on more than 29,000 acres in the Beaver State.

Schedule of events

9 a.m.: Cruise-In Registration. Unless they are participating in the parade, all Cruise-In cars must be parked before the parade starts.

11 a.m.: Hazelnut Festival Parade

12-2 p.m.: Tours of GK Machine facilities

12:30-5 p.m.: Skateboard demonstrations at the Donald Skate Park (sponsored by Unheard Distributions)

1-4 p.m.: Jewelry making classes by Connie Bonn (registration required; see website for form and details)

4 p.m.: Hazelnut Festival Barbecue Contest (sponsored by GK Machine Inc.)

11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.: Ongoing activities: Classic Car Cruise-In, food court, local artisans and vendors, face painting, children’s games, hazelnut boat display, story time at the old Donald City Hall, Champoeg State Heritage Area actors and the canned food drive.




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