Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer's Grand Finale

This weekend, the last weekend before Labor Day, the official end of the summer season, is overflowing with festivals and fairs here in the WV.  Although this really isn't the end of summer, it is certainly the beginning of the end and then we're back into the humdrum of work a day world for a while.  The kids will be back in school soon, so go out there and enjoy the remaining glory days. There will be no lack of family fun things to do and places to go this weekend.

Check out these festivities or find out what's happening in your neighborhood.  

Oregon State Fair opens at the State Fair Grounds in Salem starts Friday, August 24 and runs through September 3. This perennial favorite is everything a state fair should be from first class entertainment to farm animals.

Northwest Air and Art Festival, at the Timber Linn Park in Albany starts Friday, August 24 and goes through the weekend. Hot air ballons, Styx concert, arts and crafts, wine and micro beer Garden and car show.  This annual gathering celebrates both local art and the regional tradition of aeronautics. Enjoy an art fair, a stellar concert line-up, and exhibits of exceptional aircraft.

SakéOne's Third Annual Pacific Rim Festival, Saturday, August 25th, 820 Elm Street, Forest Grove. Bring the whole family and picnic! Hawaiian specialties including plate lunch, authentic Island shaved ice, Poké, Japanese bento and amazing Filipino fare. There will be live performances from over half a dozen local troupes lending music and dance of the Pacific Rim to the sounds of Summer laughter. Flights of America's premier saké and the ever-popular Lemon Pomegranate Saketini will be available, as will wines from Abbey Creek Vineyard and local brews from the Old Market Pub and Brewery.

Sunday, August 26, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Historic downtown Oregon City.  This family-friendly event is free to the public and hosted by the Oregon City Chamber. 100 booths between 7th and 10th Streets offer antiques and collectibles of all kinds. Come find a special treasure or add to a collection. An appraiser will be available during select hours to provide a “for fun” evaluation of your treasures for $5 per item. There is a limit of 3 items per person. Enjoy live music and food from one of the restaurants and make a day of it.

Stillpoint Farms Mother Earth Festival, 86915 Territorial Rd., Venita, lSaturday, August 25, 10 am to 8  pm.  Come together to open your hearts and connect with all the diversity that abounds. This will be a day of celebration through music, healing arts, creative arts, ceremony, workshops, food and produce.

The 30th annual Eugene Celebration will be downtown Eugene 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday August 24, 25, & 26.  Everything is going on here from music, wing eating contest, beard and mustache competition, bed races, car show and much more.

REMEMBER:  Buy local when you can!

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