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New brand launched at Hermiston Funfest

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on July 11, 2016 10:10AM

Last changed on July 11, 2016 3:07PM

People line the race lanes during the Outlaw Lawn-Dragsters Saturday during Funfest.

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People line the race lanes during the Outlaw Lawn-Dragsters Saturday during Funfest.

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Whoopsy turns a flip in the air as J.D. Platt presents the K9 Flying Dog Show as part of Saturday’s Funfest activities in Hermiston.

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Whoopsy turns a flip in the air as J.D. Platt presents the K9 Flying Dog Show as part of Saturday’s Funfest activities in Hermiston.

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Garrett Aries, left, of George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving visits with customers Saturday during Funfest in downtown Hermiston.

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Garrett Aries, left, of George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving visits with customers Saturday during Funfest in downtown Hermiston.

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Sarah Anderson, 5, holds her ears as the Outlaw Lawn-Dragsters rev their engines Saturday during Funfest in downtown Hermiston.

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Sarah Anderson, 5, holds her ears as the Outlaw Lawn-Dragsters rev their engines Saturday during Funfest in downtown Hermiston.

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Sedona flies high in front of J.D. Platt while Holiday and Whoopsy look on during the K9 Flying Dog Show as part of Saturday’s Funfest activities in Hermiston.

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Sedona flies high in front of J.D. Platt while Holiday and Whoopsy look on during the K9 Flying Dog Show as part of Saturday’s Funfest activities in Hermiston.

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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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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539









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