Our beautiful state is steeped in heavy tradition. Some traditions have been around for hundreds of years while others came about in the 50s and 60s. Regardless, they are all so important to the people of Oregon. Here are eight unique Oregon traditions that the rest of the country should know about.
A tradition that began in Bend in 1932, the 4th of July Pet Parade happens every year in downtown Bend. Kids will even dress up and participate in the parade, sometimes with their dog, other times with a stuffed animal.
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Founded in Tygh Valley in 1885, the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo is now known state-wide, with people coming from all over to partake in the barrel race, the queen contest, and the ranch sorting, among many other games and activities. Book a campsite and get ready for a rowdy weekend.
The Portland Greek Festival has been happening every year since 1952. There is folk dancing, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, jewelry imported from Greece, and a deli that features gourmet imports like fine cheeses, olive oil, and more.
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The first Scandinavian Festival took place in Junction City in 1961. Now the festival takes place every summer, with Thursday being Danish Day, Friday is Finnish Day, Saturday is Norwegian Day, and Sunday is Swedish Day.
The town of Merrill has hosted the Klamath Basin Potato Festival since 1937, and it only gets better as the years go by. There are food vendors, BBQ, a beer garden, a parade, a talent show, bed racing, football, a car show, and of course a potato bake.
Bohemia Mining Days has been celebrating the colorful history of Cottage Grove since the first festival was put on in 1959, when the town threw a huge party to honor the centennial of Oregon. The idea stuck, and years later Cottage Grove continues to party with a carnival, music, food, parades, vendors, and entertaining history lessons.
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Since 1964, Cannon Beach has been hosting an annual sandcastle contest. Dozens of teams participate, competing for cash prizes. Thousands of people show up to view these large elaborate sand creations before they are washed away with the next high tide.
The Oregon State Fair has its roots in Salem in the year 1858. It has only gotten bigger and bigger since then, and now features attractions like a 44-ride carnival, a star-studded concert line-up, wine pairings, a creepy crawly creature feature, a laser light show, and so much more eclectic and interesting kinds of entertainment.