The Umatilla County Fair Appreciation Dinner set to take place on May 15 will be combined with next year’s event instead.

In a letter to sponsors, Fair Manager Angie McNalley said that Umatilla County moving back to high risk restrictions for COVID-19 would not allow the fair to hold a full event, and after speaking with the county health department about different options, the fair board agreed it did not want to cut anyone from the guest list.

McNalley said fair organizers are still hard at work planning the 2021 fair, and still plan to hold the fair on Aug. 11-14. The fair court, grand marshals and other honorees for the 2021 fair will be honored alongside the next year’s honorees during the annual Fair Appreciation Dinner in January 2022.

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Tennis shoes sought for foster children

A partnership between Every Child Oregon and the child welfare branch of Oregon Department of Human Services is sponsoring a tennis shoe drive for foster children in Umatilla and Morrow counties as part of Foster Care Awareness Month, according to Heidi Zeigler, the community development director for DHS in the two counties.

Donors can drop off the shoes at Sweet Potato’s Closet and Desert Lanes Family Fun Center in Hermiston.

People can also make donations online via Amazon Wish List by making a purchase through, which will automatically ship the donation to Sweet Potato’s Closet. The drive will last through the end of May, with shoes being distributed to children in June, Zeigler said.

In addition, DHS will also be collecting gift cards and certificates for foster families in place of the annual foster parent appreciation dinner, which was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

People wishing to donate gift cards can email Marvin Hamilton at or call 541-564-4484.

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Senior meals include chicken alfredo, pork loin

The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center menu for Thursday, May 6, is pork loin, baked potato, veggie and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, May 11, is chicken alfredo, peas and carrots, fruit and dessert.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery in Hermiston, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order.

To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m.

Meals are $4 and can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

The Boardman Senior Center is now providing meal delivery. Meals are $4 paid upon delivery. Call 541-481-3257 to order.

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