I grew up in the middle of a city, with nary a county fair in sight; I guess you could say I was not even a little bit country and a lot of rock and roll. One of the first things I got to do for the job that brought me to Oregon was staff a booth at the Lincoln County Fair, which was in the path of the 4H kids. I spent the day just awed by these youngsters, who took the care of their animals so seriously and were so dapper in their sequins and crisp denim.
This classic county fair, which has free admission, will have more than 50 vendors and informational booths, a rodeo, the 4H animal area and carnival rides. And to truly make it a classic fair experience, make sure to visit the area where there will be judging of homemade pies, home-grown vegetables, home-sewn quilts and the like. The fair runs from Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, at the Lincoln County Commons in Newport.
With a kids zone featuring magicians, stilt walkers and animals, vendors, live music and a quintessential parade that starts at 1 p.m., the Gleneden Independence Parade is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The event celebrates the local community, and this year a 50/50 raffle is raising money for the first police dog in the Lincoln City Police Department. Gleneden Beach Loop Road, the event site, will be closed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., but shuttles are available leaving every 15 minutes from the Salishan Golf Pro Shop, the Gleneden Airport and the Gleneden Beach State Park.
The Lincoln County Police Department has used dogs very successfully
The quirky community that populates the town of Yachts shows itself in fine form during the annual La De Da Parade, where the only rule is that floats in the parade (which begins at noon) must be people-powered. Watch the parade from anywhere along Ocean View Dr. between 7th St. and Beach Ave., or see it from the oceanfront park lawn on 2nd St.
Make sure to secure a spot at the beach by the mouth of the Yachats River to watch the Duck Race at 5 p.m., then stick around for fireworks at sundown over the Yachats Bay.
Florence Old Fashioned Festival
Historic Old Town Florence and other sites around town will have family fun and games, pie and watermelon-eating contests, food, music and fireworks launched from a barge in the Siuslaw River with synchronized music.
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