NORTH POWDER, OREGON: The Seventh Annual North Powder Huckleberry Festival takes place Saturday, July 27. The festival is a lively celebration of the tasty wild berry that grows in the surrounding Blue and Wallowa Mountains and a salute to community heritage. The festival is held in the heart of North Powder, located at exit 285 from Interstate 84, between Baker City and La Grande, in beautiful northeast Oregon.
Popular activities at the event include the parade, craft and food vendors, entertainment, games, a silent auction, free “World’s Longest Huckleberry Sundae” and the Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine. Sponsored by Legacy Ford, the show-n-Shine awards prizes in 12 categories. And of course, there are lots of opportunities to savor the flavor of our favorite berry!
Those who love to be a part of the action can participate in the Huckleberry Dessert Contest, hit the road for the 5 & 10K Fun Run/Walk, or line up and join the parade. This year’s theme is “Huckleberries – Bounty of the Blues.”
New this year, is a mud volleyball tournament. Contact Jeff Grende, email@example.com or 541.786.1806, for information or to register a team for mud volleyball. A Powder Club street dance is also in the works; band to be announced.
Two popular additions to last year’s event will be repeated this year: the Huckleberry Hustle 5 & 10 K Fun Run/Walk and an organized bike ride on the state-designated Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Contact Chris, 541.910.4397 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
The Powder Valley All-School & Community Reunion Breakfast brings people home from near and far for a chance to reconnect with old friends. The breakfast takes place on the school grounds from 7 to 10 a.m., with everyone welcome.
The evening Fire Station Barbecue is a great way to enjoy good food and a chance to get to know and thank the people who provide expert fire and emergency service for our community, travelers and the surrounding area. Save room for dessert! Entries from the huckleberry dessert contest will be auctioned during the barbecue.
The committee is still welcoming craft and food vendors for the event. Please contact Bev Bigler, vendor coordinator, email@example.com or 541.898.2320, for information. The committee looks for new vendors each year, to add to the regulars, including some who have come all six years. For a full event schedule, information about the huckleberry dessert contest and general event information, please contact Janet, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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