A Guide to Oregon Summer Festivals & Events

Summer is here, the birds are singing, the sun is breaking from behind the clouds, and so it’s time to bust out that summer itinerary. Here the 3 best events to attend in Oregon this summer!

Oregon Country Fair July 8, 9, & 10, 2011 * 9 A.M to 7 P.M.

OCF first started in 1969, & it’s blossomed into an outstanding example of what a non-profit should be. OCF is a three day event of wonderful one of a kind shopping & atmosphere, food ranging from Indian & Afghani cuisine to Italian, & Asian. Wonderful craft booths & music that never stops. Beautiful costumes, face painting, and play structures or childcare for the kids. Unlike any other festival or event, the volunteer spots are coveted and hardly sought after. The Oregon Country Fair is a staple in its local community. It gives back a substantial amount, supporting lots of local programs, giving back more than $500,000.00 to its local community. From the time you get there, until the time you leave everyone has a smile on their face, and they wave and say hello. For tickets, go online, they are not sold at the front gate. www.oregoncountryfair.org

30th Annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. August 12th, 13th, & 14th

The Annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament is an amateur tournament that draws volleyball players pro & amateur alike to the small Oceanside town of Seaside, as well as AVP Team players which is composed of the very finest players. In years past it has drawn more than 700 teams playing on over 80 volleyball courts. Taking place on the beach at the prom, just go west, and you can’t miss it. Also, if you go into any store they would be happy to help you with directions. Approx. 20 miles south of Astoria. www.seasideor.com

OfficeMax Hood To Coast Relay August 26-27th 2011 3:30 A.M. to 6:45 P.M.

The Hood to Coast Relay, listed as, “The MOTHER of all relays” on it’s website, is a 200 miles long relay that consists of 15,000 runners and 4,100 volunteers. It’s the largest relay in the world, that goes from Mt. Hood, to Pacific Ocean in Seaside, Oregon. The people of the Oregon coast dread Hood to Coast, because local towns and streets are flooded. But hey, it’s for The American Cancer Society! There is no price to cheer riders on, many people set up stations to give riders water. If you would like to volunteer, enter the race, or for race route maps, visit their website. www.hoodtocoast.com