Wanna feel the sand between your toes?
Watch a 13-year-old mesmerize you with his magic skills?
Have a blast – literally – as Civil War-era cannons fire off?
Oregon Fest has all that plus entertainment, food and more.
The 16th annual event will be held on the 16th of May from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road in Oregon between Coy Road and Isaac Street.
As always, admission to the family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration is free. Tents will be set up so that festival-goers can enjoy themselves rain or shine.
This year’s theme, “Digging into Summer” will be accentuated by a mountain of sand piled high for the free “Big Dig” contest featuring buried “treasure eggs” containing prizes.
The Grand Parade, which will start at 4 p.m. this year, will feature 100 entries.
The event will also feature a Civil War Encampment with skirmishes and cannon fire presented by Battery H, 1st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Unit. Among many others, the encampment will feature Taylor’s Battery, the 14th Ohio Infantry and 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, Company G. While you’re there, take time to visit with the generals – Lee, Custer, Jackson and Grant. Between the cannon booms, enjoy the Root Cellar String Band.
Additional entertainment will include Mexican folk dance groups and a demonstration of the Zumba dance/fitness craze at noon on the east stage.
Thirteen-year-old Michael the Magnificent is scheduled to perform his magic montage at 12:30 p.m. on the west stage.
At 3 p.m. on that stage, the Clay High School Choir will perform a medley of songs from the popular Broadway musical “Wicked.”
The event will also feature a classic car show, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a business fair, quality-of-life exhibits, a medical health van, lots of giveaways, raffles and a variety of foods available.
Free parking and shuttle for those with disabilities will be available. For more information, call 419-691-9750 or visit www.oregonfest.net.