Mardi Gras is usually celebrated in the early spring prior to Lent, but this year Dallas, Oregon will revel in purple, green and gold for its annual Summerfest celebration. For more than 100 years, Summerfest has been a favored tradition of both locals and tourists alike. The festival features a parade, lots of live music, food booths, farmers’ market, fun run, vendor booths, an art show, classic car show, motorcycle rally, activities for kids, and much more. Hosted by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the theme of the event changes each year; 2014’s theme is “Mardi Gras Masquerade.” Wear a mask, paint your face, don some beads, or just come as you are and let the good times roll!
Main Street festivities begin on Thursday, July 24, on the courthouse lawn. The highlight of Summerfest, though, is the 11:00 am parade on Saturday, July 26, which draws thousands of people. Come early to reserve your spot along the two-mile parade route, and enjoy Kidz Hour activities at 10:00 am. The parade includes decorated floats, marching musicians, animals, modern and antique military vehicles, collector cars, horse-drawn vehicles, and of course lots of Mardi Gras beads and candy!
On Sunday, the fun shifts to Dallas City Park on Academy Street with an all-you-can-eat breakfast served bright and early by the local Rotary. After a feast of pancakes, eggs, and ham, stroll down memory lane at the Tom Newton Car Show and admire over 400 classic cars. Also in the park are the Delbert Hunter Arboretum and the annual Art in the Park sale featuring the work of local artists and craft vendors. The Polk County Bounty Market is also in the park offering local berries, vegetables, breads, cheese, plants, kettle korn, tacos, baked goodies, soaps, wine tasting and more.
If you’re looking for family fun and frivolity, drive down to Dallas for four days of Summerfest merriment. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce
119 SW Court St.
Dallas, Oregon 97338