Sparkling Events Planned for 80th Annual Azalea Festival & Parade
Native rhododendron azaleadendrom occidentale, is a very floriferous shrub, native to the southern Oregon/ northern California coast. Does not require the same acid soil that most rhododendrons do. Used in hybridization of many deciduous azaleas. Florets range from 2.5 - 5 inches across, often fragrant and spectacular. Photo source: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/images/wazalea/Rhododendron_occidentale4_Jenny_Moore_lg.jpg
Azalea Festival and Parade Receives Oregon Heritage Award
Special thanks to Jerry Law, for his efforts to get the Brookings-Harbor Azalea Festival and Parade named an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The Oregon Heritage Tradition designation recognizes those events more than 50-years-old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian. Format problems Designated events are unique locally, regionally, and statewide.
A reception is being planned for Saturday, May 4th, at Chetco Community Library, to receive this special award. (More details coming.)
Thank You, Jerry!
Feel like an Oregonian!
Oregon communities have events that over the years have become associated with what it means to be an Oregonian. If you have attended these events, you are truly an Oregonian.
Ice Cream Social Celebration
Save May 4 for something special--like an Ice Cream Social. RSVP to the Visitor Center to join the fun at the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder Street, Brookings from 1 to 3 pm. The celebration will be part of an Oregon Heritage Tradition to name the 80th Brooking-Harbor Azalea Festival and Parade.
Review of the Town's park
For more information on the Azalea Park and plants in Brookings click here.
The Azalea Festival Planning Committee is working hard to make the 80th Annual Azalea Festival truly outstanding. Festival committee members meet regularly to coordinate the weekend festival (May 24-27, 2019).
This year’s Azalea Festival them is “Blast from the Past” according to Greg Williams, Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board. “This works great with the 80 years the Azalea Festival has been in existence,” stated Williams.
“I have been in discussions with different groups who are centering their float on one special time in their business history. Our vision for the parade is lining up entrants by the era they choose to represent, thereby creating a 'Slide Show' of sorts for the spectators" Williams said. Parade applications are available online or at the Chamber office (Central Building at 703 Chetco Avenue).
The 2019 Parade Grand Marshall will be David Brookings who is the great-grandson of John E. Brookings. John E. Brookings was the president of the Brookings Lumber and Box Company. John E. Brookings founded the City of Brookings in 1908. David Brookings is looking forward to returning to the Brookings area and will be traveling with his family. He is a talented musician and will be a featured performer in the Azalea Park program after the parade.
In addition, vendor applications are available on the Chamber website as well, or at the Chamber office, which is open Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm. The street fair is returning to the city center and will be located on Frontage Road, in front of Goodwill Industries, Chase Bank and Evergreen.
Plans for the 80th Azalea Festival also include a special reception for former Azalea queens. Hours were spent reviewing Curry Coastal Pilot newspapers to recover the names of all Azalea queens for the past 80 years and invite them to this special 80th year celebration. Invitations with plans for a float and/or reception to highlight Azalea Queens from past years will be sent out. If you have contact information for past royalty, please call the Chamber (541.469.3181).
As part of the 80th celebration, the committee is also looking for people to come forward with photos from past Azalea Festival years they would like to share. “We would like to have a display of photos from 80 years of Azalea Festivals," Williams stated. “You can bring your photos in to the Chamber office and we can scan them in and have them ready for you to pick up the next day. You can also email them to the Chamber (email@example.com)."
Finally, we are also looking for volunteers to help put on Azalea Festival activities throughout the weekend. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Chamber at 541.469.3181. Or, if your organization is planning activities contact the Chamber or email details for inclusion in the Festival Schedule.