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 All-Oregon Newsletter August 2006


It’s so hard to believe it is already the middle of August!  For me that means harvesting from the garden and the fruit trees, freezing and canning.  It’s a lot of work, but nothing is better than those veggies right out of the garden.

Summer it in full bloom here.  Everyone is trying to cram in as many sunny weather activities before the rain starts again (on the west side of the state anyway.  It’s a great time for festivals, rodeos, car show and county fairs. 

This month:
Featured events – Summer activities galore.
Featured book – Oregon Golf: The Oregon Coast, Southern Oregon, Portland & Environs, Central Oregon

Featured attraction – Oregon Caves and Winery Tour
Featured recipe – Oregon Hazelnut Bell Pepper & Leek Sauté
What’s New – I’m looking for your great Oregon stories and photos.

Featured Events
There are a lot of fun things happening in August.  Here are some to get you started.  Be sure and check out more at where you will find hundreds of events every month.

Annual Oktoberfest
September 14-17, 2006 -- Mt. Angel
There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the "Old World" Oktoberfest than in Mount Angel, Oregon. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation.


Josephine County Fair
August 15-19, 2006 -- Grants Pass
Josephine County Fairgrounds 10am - 11pm. Contact: Jackie 541-476-3215


Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo
August 15-20, 2006 -- Canby
Exhibits, Livestock Displays, Judging Events, Junior Livestock Auction, 4-H and FFA Exhibits -- Rodeo Tuesday through Saturday -- Free Stage Entertainment -- Horseshoe Tournament -- Humphrey's Farmyard Fun -- Scarecrow Contest -- Plant Sale -- Pioneer Village -- Music -- Midway Entertainment -- Funtastic Shows Carnival -- Food Concessions -- Barbecue Dinner


Lane County Fair
August 15-20, 2006 -- Eugene
The Lane County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the Northwest attracting more than 180,000 visitors over a six-day period in mid-August. It is among the most successful county fairs in the Pacific Northwest, blending a unique combination of urban and rural appeal. Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W. 13th, phone: 541-682-4292, email:


Annual Bluegrass BBQ
August 16, 2006 -- Nehalem
Nehalem Bay Winery, 34965 Hwy 53, 503-368-9463, email: y 53, 503-368-9463, email:


Bay Area Fun Festival
September 16-17, 2006 -- Coos Bay
Festival attendance is free, however some events do have a fee. Mall Market with food and craft vendors; Live music; Prefontaine 10k Memorial Run; Parade; 2-day Quilt Show; 3-day Rock & Gem Show; Car Cruise; Bike Race; Show n' Shine; Window Decorating Contest. Something for everyone! Contact 541-267-3341 or 800-738-4849 x3 


Wasco County Fair and Rodeo
August 17-20, 2006 -- Tygh Valley
Wasco County Fairgrounds, 81849 Fairgrounds Road. Phone: 541-483-2288


13th Annual Harvest Run
August 18-19, 2006 -- Redmond
Drifter's Harvest Run 2006, 7th & Evergreen, Redmond Oregon. Customs, Imports, 70's and newer pick-up, 70's and newer car, Convertible, Stock vehicle, Muscle, 30's and older, 40's and older, '50's and older, '60's and older, 1949 & older Pickup/utility, 1950 & '60 pickup/utility, Street Rod. For more info call: days: 541-548-6329, Evenings: 541-923-0607, Drifter's Car Club, P.O. BOx 805, Redmond, Oregon 97756


Sutherlin Blackberry Festival
August 18-20, 2006 -- Sutherlin
Car show, blackberry cooking contest, lawn mower races, belly dancing demonstration, mud races, karaoke contest, mud volleyball, classic car cruise, BMX bike races, bingo, swap meet, street dance. Phone: 800-444-9584, 541-672-9731,


Klamath Tribe Restoration Celebration
August 18-20, 2006 -- Chiloquin
Marks the anniversary of the "restoration" of federal recognition for the Klamath Tribes.  There'll be a Pow Wow, Rodeo, Fun Run, Parade, softball tournament & BBQ at the Chiloquin Rodeo Grounds.  For more info call the Tribal Offices at 1-800-524-9787  X147.


Friends of the Library Book Sale
August 18-20, 2006 -- Milton-Freewater
Fri, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5. 6,000 books; 99% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; .50-$1. Milton-Freewater Public Library, Yantis Park, DeHaven St, 541-938-5531 x132


Northwest Antique Airplane Fly-In
August 18-20, 2006 -- McMinnville
For more information, call the MDA at 503-472-3605 or email: or


Willamette River Festival  
August 18-20, 2006 -- Albany
You won't want to miss the River Gone Wild Boat Races, held on the Willamette River from Albany to Corvallis and back. Look for water skiing and personal water craft exhibitions. Our unique and interesting shops will hold sidewalk sales and special events to draw people to the area and give them something to hold their attention between races. We will be partnering with Christmas Storybook Land to provide a Kiddy Carnival area for children. The festival stage will feature many local and state wide acts for the viewer’s entertainment. On Saturday night there will be a Battle of the Bands. BBQ Cooking and Judging classes will be offered by the Western BBQ Association.


Mt. Hood Bluegrass Festival
August 18-20, 2006 -- Odell
Held at Hood River County Fairgrounds, the festival features music every day, hot showers, water & electric hookups, workshops, kids music camp, fun, fun, fun! Krista Maerz, Phone: 541-354-2865 or 503-537-4906 Email Address:


Second Annual "Hot Dogust Day" Cruise-in
August 19, 2006 -- Oregon City
9:00AM-3:00PM. At Oregon City Haggen Food and Pharmacy, 19701 Highway 213, Oregon City, Oregon. Open to all makes and models. $10.00 registration fee. Free hot dog lunch to registered driver. Games, raffles and unique awards. Vicki Williams 503-266-4287


Sisters Antique Faire
August 19-20, 2006 -- Sisters
Antique dealers selling quality handcrafted antiques and collectibles. Clothing, jewelry, furniture, books, western memorabilia and more. Live music both days, food court and children's play area. Located one block from downtown Sisters. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sisters Village Green Park. Contact: 541-549-0251.


Wooden Boat Festival
August 19-20, 2006 – Toledo


Annual Nestucca Valley Artisans Festival
August 19-20, 2006 -- Pacific City
10:00am to 4:00pm, Kiwanda Senior Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Barbara Erwin, (541) 994-9981


Flapjacks & Fiddles Bluegrass Festival
August 20, 2006 -- McMinnville
US Bank Plaza, 10-2. Benefit for Head Start. For more information, call the MDA at 503-472-3605.


Kool Coastal Nights 
August 25-26, 2006 -- Winchester Bay
Friday 4pm to ? - Saturday 11am to 11:30pm. Free to the public. There is a registration fee to enter the car show or the contests/cruises. Handicapped accessible. The fun starts on Friday with the Burnout and Open Header Contest. Saturday is the Pancake Breakfast, Show 'n Shine & the Parade of Champions, a Harbor Cruise, Street Dance, Famous Seafood BBQ. For more information call Jamie Swafford at 541-271-4471  


Oregon State Fair
August 25-September 4, 2006 -- Salem Oregon
Oregon State Fairgrounds


Hildebrand Threshing Bee
August 26-27, 2006 -- Klamath Falls
Antique engines, steam traction engine, 1913 Russell Tractors, petting zoo and more. From Klamath Falls drive Hwy 140 east and turn left onto Hildebrand Rd. Call 541-545-6510 for times and other information.


Highland Games and Clan Gathering
August 26-27, 2006 -- Sweet Home
The annual Sweet Home Highland Games and Clan Gathering is a celebration of Celtic heritage. This two day event includes performances from the Highland dancers and pipe bands. A heavy athletic competition includes: The Caber toss, Weight toss for Height, Weight toss for Distance, The Stones Throws, Hammer, Farmers Walk, Ax Throw and Archery. In addition to the athletic competition the Society of Creative Anachronisms (SCA) is bringing sword, spear, battleaxe and archery exhibitions to the games this year. Come and join in the fun and enjoy music, dancing, food, clan, displays with things and activites related to the wonderful highlands of Scotland. The Events Center, 4001 Long Street, Sweet Home. Contact: Bob at (541) 367-4591or Email:


Whale Watching Week along the Oregon Coast
August 28-September 4, 2006 -- Oregon Coast
FMI contact 541-765-3304


Featured Book
Oregon Golf: The Oregon Coast, Southern Oregon, Portland & Environs, Central Oregon
 Author: Paul Linnman; Buy New: $18.87
 Oregon Golf captures the spirit of the game that attracts more than 225,000 golfers to more than 175 courses statewide. From the quirky to the triumphant, OREGON GOLF is a celebration of the emotion, challenge, and fulfillment of golf from the coast to the desert.


Featured Attraction
Oregon Caves / Winery Tour
This 44-mile tour begins in the heart of the Illinois Valley at Cave Junction. Route 46 through the Siskiyou National Forest takes you to Oregon Caves National Monument. Food and lodging are available in the lodge located steps from the caves. Upon leaving the Oregon Caves travel back on Highway 46 to Siskiyou Winery. Turn south on Holland Loop Road and continue to Foris Winery and Bridgeview Winery. Estimated travel time: 3 hours.

Featured Oregon Recipe
Oregon Hazelnut Bell Pepper & Leek Sauté

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup roasted & chopped Oregon hazelnuts
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cut the peppers into thin strips Slice the leeks on the diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces. Melt butter in a medium sauté pan. Add the peppers and the leeks; cook over medium heat for a minute or two. Add hazelnuts, and continue cooking for another five minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Recipe from Oregon Hazelnut Commission 

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What’s New at All-Oregon
I would like to start a new section in the All-Oregon Directory.  It will be a place for visitors to post their favorite memories of trips to Oregon or living in Oregon.  I’m looking for photos, stories, favorite restaurants, favorite city, anything that someone wanting to know more about Oregon would like to read about or see photos of.

If you have anything you would like to contribute, just drop me an email.

That’s it for this month.  
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Jackie Farris