The Umatilla County Fairgrounds will come alive with music and entertainment for the entire family at 6 p.m. Sunday, and the fun will continue until 10 p.m. when the fireworks explode.
The family-day celebration includes children's games with prizes, a bouncy jump, dunk tank, music and food vendors.
Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with The Boomer Band featuring the Legendary Boomettes, with Lee Garrett. The band performs again at 7:05 and from 8:45-10 p.m. during the event. The band plays "good time rock 'n roll." Garrett co-authored "signed, Sealed and Delivered, I'm Yours," with Stevie Wonder. The band delivers electrifying vocals mixed with instrumentals, guitar, drums and keyboard.
Keith Ramsay strolls through the crowd on stilts from 6-7:30 p.m. performing close-up magic. He will take the stage from 8-8:35 performing his magic and ventriloquism and, from 9-10 p.m., circulate once again on stilts. Ramsay is a fireman with the city of Richland, Wash. His repertoire includes strolling close-up magic, interactive stage magic, ventriloquism, balloon sculpture, stilt walking and clowning.
High energy music and comedy continue at 6:50 p.m. when Joe Stoddard takes the stage. He has performed for more than 20 years. Stoddard appears on stage again at 7:50 and 8:35 p.m. with two more sets.
In keeping with tradition, the fireworks will go off at 10 p.m.
For more information, call the Umatilla County Fair office at 567-6121.
Events begin at 10:30 a.m. with six churches participating in a Community Church service at McKay Community Park. County Commissioner Bill Hansell will be the speaker.
Games and giveaways are scheduled from 1-9:45 p.m. and 16 vendors will be available, selling their wares.
Music by the Little McKay Creek Band will be on tap from 1-3 and 4-7 p.m. sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Joe Lindsay and his group will sing from 3-4 p.m. sponsored by the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, and Big Steve and the Trainwreck will play the last set from 7-9:45 p.m. sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Viewing areas will be available on both sides of the park, McKay School area, S.W. Hailey area, Sherwood School area. For your safety and to maintain necessary security regulations, obey all warning signs and stay away from restricted areas.
Fireworks sponsors include Haus Barhyte, Inc., Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton Rotary Club and Fleetwood Travel Trailers.
Vendors will have barbecued chicken, cobbler, summer rolls, light-up jewelry and toys, candy bars, bottled water, face painting, pop, a dunk tank, snow cones, nachos, hot dogs, cheesecake, lemonade, brownies, hamburgers, strawberry shortcake, rootbeer floats, cotton candy, tie-dyed clothing, kites, windsocks and handmade jewelry.
All activities will be held in McKay Community Park. Carpooling will make parking easier for everyone, and be considerate of local residents' access to their homes.
The community is getting a jump on the July Fourth holiday by celebrating with a full day of events at Boardman Marina Park on Saturday, July 3.
The day begins with breakfast at 7 a.m. at Boardman Marina Park. A 5K and 10K run/walk also begin with registration 7 a.m. at Riverside High School, North Main and Columbia Avenue. Instructions will be given at 7:45 a.m. and at 8 a.m. the contestants will take off. The race begins and ends at Riverside High School. Sports enthusiasts can also take in the all-day softball tournament at Marina Park.
The Fourth of July Parade begins at 11 a.m. and follows a route from the high school through downtown. Back at the park, a horseshoe tournament and children's games with a bouncy castle, will begin at 1 p.m. Bingo will be held in the Harold Baker Pavilion from 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. A talent show is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the park along with drawings for prizes.
The $7,500 fireworks display on the edge of the Columbia River begins at dark with a charge of $5 per car load.
Ione Fourth of July
and Blues Festival
Red, White and Blues - Cruisn' to the Blues begins the Fourth of July early this year with its benefit golf tournament Saturday.
The golf tournament begins at 10 a.m. at China Creek Golf Club in Arlington. Cost of the tournament is $40 per golfer with proceeds to benefit the Ione High School Scholarship fund. Free bus service will be provided from Ione to Arlington. For information or to register, call Stacie Miller at 422-7410, or Craig Holland at 422-7455.
Also on Saturday from 5-6 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m., the children's Space Walk, bouncing room is open to all children.
The beer garden and food vendors will open at 6 p.m. and local musicians will take the stage at the Ione open-air theater and park during the Talent Show. Prizes will be awarded.
Music in the park begins at 7 p.m. with "Wood," the local talent of Jeff Eynetcih, Jim Logan and Dustin Padberg.
Ione's Cruisn' to the Blues buttons will be on sale all weekend. The buttons sell for $10 and buyers receive a $3.50 coupon for a hot dog and the chance at several $25 drawings. You must be present to win. All proceeds from button sales benefit the Ione Fourth of July Fund.
The festivities begin early Sunday at 7:30 a.m. with Dawn's Early Light fun run and continues with what promises to be a busy day filled with fun, games, music, a parade and great food.
Church services begin at 8:45 a.m. at St. William's Church and at 9:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ. At 11 a.m. children can fish at the fish pond and compete in the balloon race while adults can enjoy the action at the Horseshoe Pits.
The Red, White and Blues Cruisn' to the Blues parade starts at 1 p.m., followed by the Blues Cruise Classic Car Show. Food vendors and the beer garden open at 1:30 p.m.
Top blues artists will take the stage at the open-air theater in the park at 3 p.m.
First up is Jimmy Lloyd Ray and the Switchmasters, with Terry Robb. Other headliners include Too Slim and the Taildraggers and the Sawtooth Mountain Boys, a blue grass band.
The committee had heard comments on adding a variety to the music line up, so this year they a added blue grass band.
"We have had encouraging comments so far," said Loyal Burns, committee member. "We encourage people to have a good time."
People can come bring their lawn chairs, and a picnic if they want, or there is plenty of food available from the vendors, Burns said.
At 7 p.m. the jet boat fishing trip auction begins with proceeds benefiting the Mike Matthews Scholarship Fund and Ione Education Foundation. Following the auction is more music in the park.
At dusk the fireworks begin followed by even more music.
The Ione Fourth of July is sponsored by the joint efforts and funding of the Amphitheater Committee, Morrow County Recreation District and the generous donations and hard work of community members.
No dogs or fireworks are allowed in the park during the two-day event.
A 7 a.m. breakfast in the park will be followed by a golf scramble at the China Creek golf course, a three-person basketball tournament, pedal boat races, a horseshoe tournament and much more in the park.
A fish fry from 5-7 p.m. in the park and music at 7 p.m. with Zac Grooms and band will precede the fireworks display at dusk.
Pilot Rock Festival
in the Park
You won't want to miss the Festival in the Park Sunday, July 4 at Pilot Rock.
A parade through downtown will kick off the day's events at 10 a.m.
A luau catered by R&T Caterers begins at noon in the park. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. Tickets are available in advance at Pilot Rock City Hall and the Pilot Rock Market. Family discounts are available. Purchase of luau tickets automatically puts your name in the drawing for raffle prizes to be drawn later in the afternoon. Prizes to be drawn include tickets for the Round-Up concert, PBR, Round-Up in the north grandstands and for Pendleton Underground Tours.
Entertainment and games for children begin at 12:30 p.m. and are over by 6 p.m. so people can attend fireworks in nearby cities.
Entertainment will include Ed Daly and Legends of the Country, Dick Kendal of Ukiah, Skip Towne, Zac Grooms and Kira.
For additional information, contact Pilot Rock City Hall, 443-2821.
Celebrate an old fashioned Fourth of July, beginning with a firemen's breakfast from 7-10 a.m. in the parking lot at the Dollar Store. Breakfast will sell for $5 per plate or $15 for a family.
Local musical entertainment and booths by civic groups will be available beginning a 5 p.m. at Shockman Field including dinner items, glow necklaces, "tattoos," snow cones and a baseball throw for kids.
Fireworks will start at 10 p.m.
Stanfield's Old Time Fourth of July
The day begins with the Fireman's breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. at Bard Park on Highway 395.
The parade will change routes after many years, increasing the route to include Sherman and Wood Streets, signs will be posted around town. Parade registration begins at 9 a.m. at the old Stanfield Elementary School on Sherman Street. The parade begins at 10 a.m.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. in Bard Park with the Fireman's water fight, duck race, children's games, live entertainment, open circle jam, pie baking contest, food vendors and raffles.
The amateur horseshoe tournament is back this year at Bard Park beginning at noon. Prizes will be awarded. Entry fee is $5. Teams only with a minimum of 10 teams. The tournament will follow NHPA Rules and games will play to 21. To pre-register call Gary Greene at 449-3781. Registration will be accepted at the event.
Fireworks will begin at dusk. For information, call City Hall at 449-3831.