Cloudy skies with a chance of showers is forecast for the first day or two of the 73rd Azalea Festival scheduled from today through Monday in the Brookings area, but sunshine is expected to prevail come the weekend.
Hundreds of volunteers have been preparing for the festival for weeks, said event organizer Les Cohen, of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
He was still waiting to hear from the Oregon National Guard about whether there will be a jet fighter flyover during Monday's veterans' memorial service.
There are no major changes to this year's festival, except for the
addition of a half-marathon during Sunday's Azalea Festival Run. The
event begins with a free Kids Dash at 8:30 a.m. at Brookings-Harbor High
School track field, followed by a 10K run and half-marathon at 10 a.m.
Registration begins 45 minutes before the event.
"We have a lot of interest in the half-marathon, with people coming
from all over southwest Oregon and to the north," Cohen said. "This is
something I hope will continue to grow every year."
The street fair in downtown Brookings is expected to be filled with
new and returning vendors, a food court and a children's carnival that
includes a petting zoo and pony rides. Members of the Brookings-Harbor
High School football team will be on litter parol, Cohen said.
The Azalea Festival Art Show will feature more than 300 pieces by local artists, he said.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale begins at noon today and will
close at 8 p.m. at the Chetco Community Library, 405 Alder St. The sale
will continue through the weekend. Hours are noonandndash;5 p.m. Friday, noonandndash;4
p.m. Saturday, and noonandndash;3 p.m. Sunday.
The sale features 40,000 books, including hundreds of children's
books, a collection of boat books, an entire major authors' section and
plenty of large-print books.
Here are more festival details:
andbull; The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Roll Call is at 6 p.m. Friday at Brookings City Hall.
Veterans will hold a roll call of the 641 Oregonians killed during the Vietnam War, 1959andndash;1973.
andbull; The Azalea Festival parade on Chetco Avenue (Highway 101) will
start Saturday at 10 a.m. at the north end of Brookings and end at
Azalea Park events will include Saturday's presentation of parade
awards, as well as introductions of the Azalea queen and her court, the
grand marshal, pioneer citizens and honored guests at 1 p.m. at the
andbull; The Kids' Fishing Pond, hosted by the Oregon South Coast
Fisherman's Association, will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the
Ray's Food Place parking lot. Fishing is free for children age 12 and
andbull; Two car shows will keep gearheads busy all weekend.
The Curry County Cruisers Show and Shine Car Show will begin at 11
a.m. Saturday at the Port of Brookings Harbor. Cars will be on display
through 4 p.m.
The Curry County Cruisers' competitive Car Show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Port of Brookings Harbor.
andbull; The Azalea Festival Art Show will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Azalea Middle School gym,
505 Pacific Ave.
The show includes a display of adult and children's work, demonstrations and door prizes. Vote for the People's Choice Award.
The Saturday Night Art Gala, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Azalea Middle
School gym, will feature the announcement of winners, an interactive
evening of art, portraits, and the sale of small pieces of art. There
will be a live auction and door prizes.
andbull; The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club Flower Show and Plant Sale will be
held at the Chetco Grange Community Center, on the corner of Highway
101 and Zimmerman Lane in Harbor.
The show will be open 9 a.m.andndash;5 p.m. Friday, noonandndash;5 p.m. on Saturday,
and 10 a.m.andndash;3 p.m. on Sunday. It will include rare plants and
arrangements and live flower displays. The sale will feature plants
grown by garden club members, including vegetable starts and cuttings
from rare plants.
The Azalea Festival Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Saturday and Sunday at Flora Pacifica, 15447 Oceanview Drive in Harbor.
andbull; The "Party at the Port" will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. It is held at
the Boardwalk each day and will feature live music, a beer garden and
The party will continued from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10
a.m.andndash;2 p.m. Sunday, offering live music, the car shows, slug races, and
performances by local school bands and choir.
andbull; The 19th Annual Slug Races registrations will begin at noon Sunday
at Slugs 'N' Stones 'N' Ice Cream Cones at the Boardwalk. Home grown
slugs are welcome and rental slugs ($2 each) are available. Proceeds go
to the South Coast Humane Society.