Hermiston in July means blistering heat, ripening watermelons, Funfest, and the Cool Rides Car Show.

Debbie Pedro, Executive Director at the Hermiston Chamber, invites the community to come out for the latter two on Saturday, July 9.

At Funfest, there are activities and events that will appeal to every member of the family, all of which are free.

Pedro spotlighted the K9 Kings Flying Dog show as “world renowned,” having been featured on CBS, Animal Planet, NBC Sports and other national television channels and series. The show, featuring rescue dogs, will have three different showings on Saturday at Sunset Elementary School. The show lasts an hour and admission is free. Shows will start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The National Guard is bringing in a rock wall and laser tag for kids, chainsaw carvers will be featured at two locations downtown and the lawn mower drag races will return this year as well.

At 10:45 a.m. the Chamber will be kicking off the city’s new “Where Life Is Sweet” branding.

Balloons and some T-shirts will be given away. Yo-Country will serve complimentary watermelon frozen yogurt from 11 a.m. to noon.

Pedro reassures the community there will be plenty of ways to beat the heat, including free bottled water from many vendors, Otter Pops, a beer garden and shade over the seating area in front of the entertainment stage.

This year’s entertainment features a mariachi band and other live acts.

Cool Rides Car Show

Meanwhile at McKenzie Park, the community is invited to take a cruise through automotive history, with a little help from the Hermiston Classics Car Club. More than 75 classic cars will be on exhibit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Car club president Larry Storment said, depending on the weather, he expects cars from Idaho, Washington, California and even Canada.

A few years ago the show was on Hermiston Main Street, and Storment remembers how hot it could get on the asphalt. The move to McKenzie Park makes for a cooler event with grass and trees providing a more pleasant experience.

There will be car-related vendors selling goods as well as food vendors and live music, and the Hermiston Saturday Market will be open nearby.

More than 20 awards will be handed out at 2:30 p.m. and Storment says the awards are surprising, “very unique,” and worth coming to see.

The 21st annual car show officially kicks off Friday, July 8 with a poker run and potluck for show entrants starting at 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact Larry Storment at 541-571-4960.

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