Entries sought for “Best of Oregon” and photo contests
The Oregon Fest Committee has been busy planning fun events for its 20th-year celebration, which will be held May 18.
In light of the two-decade anniversary, it seemed appropriate to designate this year’s theme as “The Best of Oregon.”
The popular annual festival will feature the usual events, including arts and crafts, a Business Fair, Classic Car Show, Festival Foods, kids’ art projects, a Living History Encampment, Quality of Life Tent, rides, games, prizes, free stage entertainment, a Grand Parade and more.
New this year will be a number of contests designed to celebrate what’s best about Oregon. Contests include:
• People’s Choice – the Best of Oregon. From March 17 through April 18, folks are invited to vote for their Oregon favorites, including restaurants, pizza, grocery store, bank, pharmacy and more. Ballots will be sent home with school-age children and are available at the Oregon Library.
• Distinctly My Oregon – a photo contest seeking entries that depict something “distinctly Oregon.” Photos must be printed and submitted by April 18.
Photos may be turned in at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd., or mailed to Oregon Fest Photo Contest, P.O. Box 167774, Oregon OH 43616. Photos must include the photographer’s name, address, phone and location of picture written on the back.
Judges will choose 10 photos based on content, impact and creativity. Photos will be on display at the library April 21-May 7 for members of the public to select their favorite. Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice prizes will be awarded at the Fest.
In addition, a “pre-fest” Give `N Take Plant Exchange will be held Saturday, May 17 in the large tent near the corner of Dustin Road and Harbor Drive. Bring extra plants from spring yard work and trade for what others bring. At plant drop off, participants will get tickets that can be redeemed in approximately one hour for other plants to take home.
Drop-off will be held from 9-11 a.m. Plant “shopping” and pick-up will run from 10-11:30 a.m.
There will also be a number of contests taking place at the Oregon Fest, including Hunt for the Best of Oregon, a scavenger hunt for school-age students; a Marshmallow Blast for children 6-12; Best Little Big Wheeler race for kids 2-6; and “Where in the World of Oregon?” photo identification contest.
For more information about the Fest, visit www.oregonfest.net.