From flying dogs and souped-up lawn mowers to chainsaw carvers and live entertainment, the fun was spread across downtown Hermiston Saturday during the annual Funfest celebration. In addition, the Cool Rides Car Show filled McKenzie Park.
The city also kicked off its new “Where Life Is Sweet” branding. Free cups, magnets and balloons were handed out as part of the celebration, as were T-shirts with the brand.
Mark Morgan, Hermiston assistant city manager, said thousands of area residents voted in favor of the new slogan and logo.
“This is what is going to be on the water tower,” he said. “We will have a watermelon on a fully painted water tower.”
The day kicked off with the annual Rotary Breakfast. Food and beverage vendors were available up and down Main Street, and in celebration of the new brand, Yo Country Frozen Yogurt handed out free watermelon-flavored sorbet just after the branding kickoff.
New to this year’s festival was the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show. J.D. Platt and his pack of flying dogs entertained the crowds during three shows in the field at Sunset Elementary School.
Kids from the crowd even had a chance to toss Frisbees to the pooches, and meet and greets after each show featured lots of laughter and licking.
“He got me in the face,” Amaya Aguiar said with a big smile.
The Outlaw Lawn-Dragsters out of New Plymouth, Idaho, brought their high-powered mowers to Main Street. Kids lining the race lanes plugged their ears to muffle the high-pitched scream from the engines. However, they quickly reached out their hands to high-five drivers as they made their way back to the pit area.
At the other end of Main Street, several chainsaw carvers added to the high decibel levels. Using logs, the artists created everything from bears and moose to owls and bald eagles — including several elaborate benches.
“It’s just a fun day,” Pedro said.
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