Alder Smoked Salmon
A Festival for Every Season

Story by Rosemary Camozzi

Dune FestFestivals have a way of bringing friends and families
together while allowing a community to share its unique
spirit with visitors from near and far. And judging from
the number of festive events held every year in
Reedsport/Winchester Bay, these folks have community
spirit to share in a big way.

From this year’s brand new Wine, Beer, Seafood, and
Music Festival— Confluence 2007, scheduled for February
17 and 18, to August’s longstanding and wildly popular
DuneFest (an ATV rally that draws as many as 10,000 visitors),
the area’s eight major festivals are sure to have something
to please every taste.

One of the most unique events is the Oregon Divisional
Chainsaw Sculpting Championships, held every year on Father’s Day weekend. Here you can stroll around during a four day period and watch 50 chainsaw

Head on down to Reedsport and Winchester Bay,
where celebrations are a way of life.
artists from around the world carve intricate sculptures from massive spruce logs. The festival has a different theme every year, from “Down on the Farm” to “Oregon Trail.” Each day also features a “quick carving” contest, where artists create a sculpture of their choice in an hour and 15 minutes. These sculptures are auctioned off at the end of each day, much to the delight of spectators who get to bid on their favorite creation.

In August, rev up your engine at Kool Coastal Nights, an annual classic car show in Winchester
Bay that offers a chance to check out everything from Model A’s and Model T’s to the Tri-5 Chevrolets (’55, ’56, ’57) and more. Be prepared for some serious fun when the action starts Friday night with a burnout and open header contest, where the winner is the contestant who can make the most smoke and noise. Saturday morning, browse the Show ‘n’ Shine and talk about cars to your heart’s content. Also on Saturday are the Ladies Poker Walk, Parade of Champions, Harbor Cruise, and a street dance with live music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. September brings Tsalila, a five-day festival that celebrates the annual return of salmon to the Umpqua River. The first three days feature hands-on educational workshops for kids from second to fifth grade. Weekend events are open to the public and culminate in a traditional alder-smoked salmon dinner.

Here’s a quick look at community festivals in the Reedsport/Winchester Bay area.

Memorial Day
Chainsaw Competition Memorial Day Celebration (above) and
Chainsaw Sculpting Championship (left).


Memorial Day Celebration
May 26–27

This year’s theme is “Honoring Veterans—Past, Present & Future.” The celebration is very special with performances by the 29 Palms Marine Corps Marching Band on Sunday night; a Memorial Day parade and service featuring the Green Beret Paratroopers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, jumping from ­the sky with a 35-by-65-foot American flag; fly-bys from an F-15 squadron; and other Armed Forces participation. The parade includes groups and individuals of all ages, and all are welcome to participate. Following the Memorial Service expect displays and booths, a barbecue, and live entertainment.
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Wine, Beer, Seafood, and Music Festival—Confluence 2007
February 17–18

Confluence 2007, debuting this year, will be a two-day festival where different styles of music merge and flow together. Oregon wineries and breweries will vend their respective products and food vendors will give you a chance to taste the culinary delights of the Oregon Coast while enjoying a variety of musicians and musical styles.
The 8th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championship
June 14–17

The Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championship returns to Reedsport June 14 to 17, Father’s Day weekend. Chainsaw artists from around the world take “Art to the Extreme.” This championship captures the amazement of everyone that attends. Quick carves and carving auctions happen daily. In addition to the carvers, there is a vendor fair including crafts and food. Saturday night caps off the festival with a live band and street dance. It’s an event to plan for! (www.odcsc.com)
 

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