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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow OREGON TRAIL DAYS WEEKEND SERVES UP VARIETY OF EVENTS

OREGON TRAIL DAYS WEEKEND SERVES UP VARIETY OF EVENTS

By The Observer

Union County celebrates its pioneer history this weekend with Oregon Trail Days.

Events kick off with an Old Time Fiddle Contest jam session at 4 p.m. Friday in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall on the Eastern Oregon University campus. Then at 6:30 p.m., Tom Nash will present Oregon Trails, Oregon Tales, a combination of storytelling and music that highlights Oregons diverse history.

The Blue Mountain Barn Cats will fiddle up some bluegrass music and then the audience will have a chance to learn contra dance under the guidance of Bill Martin.

On Saturday some of the Northwests best fiddlers, ranging in age from 5 to 93, will compete. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. for the youngest competitors. The top five fiddlers from each of the nine divisions will be in the finals which start at 6 p.m.

To satisfy the eyes along with all that music, the Quilt Questers will mount their 11th annual quilt show in the Ackerman gymnasium at EOU from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Star Promenaders will demonstrate the art of square dancing at Max Square at 2 p.m. and the Elks Lodge will host a bull-riding competition at the Mavericks Arena at 3 p.m.

Cove Cherry Fair

The Cove Cherry Fair on Saturday will come at the end of the three-day Cove Arts Festival. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. and early risers can register for the fun-run at 7:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. with the coronation of the Cherry Fairies court. Booths, games, performances, a farmers market and the cherry pit-spitting contest will keep visitors busy until the barbecued chicken dinner at 5 p.m., followed by hay rides, softball and contra dancing, all at the Ascension School.

Not to be outdone, North Powder will have its 11th-annual Old Oregon Trail Car Cruise on Saturday beginning with a cowboy breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. when the show and shine voting begins. The slow drag will be from 1 to 2 p.m., and then the soda pop cruise to Haines begins. A street dance with Steve Douglas and the Outsiders will provide rock music from the 1950s, 1960s and the 1970s starting at 4 p.m. Door prizes and raffles will add to the fun.

The Carson & Barnes Circus will be the icing on the cake with two performances in its five-ring big top, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Pierce Lane near the Union County Airport. Watch the elephants put up the tent at about

9 Sunday morning.

For information about Oregon Trail Days call the Union County Visitors Bureau at 800-848-9969 or visit the Web site at www.visitlagrande.com.

 
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