Funfest includes Festival Street celebration
By TAMMY MALGESINI
A highlight of this year’s Hermiston Funfest is the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hermiston’s Festival Street.
“It’s the grand opening, which is really exciting,” said Debbie Pedro, Hermiston Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We want everyone to come out and celebrate what’s great about Hermiston.”
In its 13th year, Funfest kicks off Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. in downtown Hermiston. The Festival Street ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. Free ice cram will be served up to the first 500 people.
With the completion of the project, Pedro said the event’s main stage will now be situated on Northeast Second Street. A huge canopy tent and bleacher seating will provide protection from the sun. Entertainment will take the stage throughout the day.
Also, as the sun heats up, several activities offer a way to cool down, including a fire hose fountain. And, for a splashing good time, enter Splash and Dash 2018. Mobile racing bathtubs are provided. There’s no entry fee, but teams need to register Friday by 4 p.m. at Hermiston City Hall. Participants must be at least 18 years old and the driver is required to wear a helmet. Warning — you WILL get wet!
Other festival highlights, Pedro said, are the Outlaw Lawn Dragsters. She said the souped-up mowing machines will tear up Main Street in front of the Hermiston Herald office.
“It’s really unique and people love them,” Pedro said.
Also returning is Bear in the Box, featuring chainsaw artists. They will be showing off their skills and selling unique wooden creations, including a 2 p.m. auction.
The festival also features children’s activities, arts and crafts vendor booths and lots of food and beverages choices. Also, adults won’t want to miss a chance to enter the Cash Machine for a chance to grab some money.
Eastern Oregon Art Show
Showcasing the work of regional artists, the Eastern Oregon Art Show runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church. Presented by Desert Arts Council, it offers $1,500 in cash prizes, including a $250 people’s choice award.
It’s open to amateur and professional artists as well as youths in a special teen category. People may enter up to two works in any medium. Entries must be submitted Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hermiston City Hall. The per piece entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for teens. Information and a form is available at www.desertartscouncil.com.
Cool Rides Car Show
Be sure to cruise on over to McKenzie Park for the 23rd annual Cool Rides Car Show. Vehicle registration begins Saturday at 7 a.m. The show starts at 9 a.m. and finishes up with the awards presentation at 3 p.m.
Activities rev up Friday for registered participants. A poker run starts at 5 p.m. at the park. Pulled pork sandwiches and water, which is provided by the Hermiston Classics Car Club, will be served when everyone returns from the poker run. Club president Larry Storment said those not entering vehicles in the show can participate for $5.
Registration is $25, which includes a dash plaque raffle ticket, event T-shirt and the Friday evening activities. Vendors, live music and food will be available at the park. Spectators can participate in a poker walk for $5.
Awards will be presented in more than a dozen classes, including motorcycles. Also, prizes will be given for Best of Show, Andy Anderson Memorial, Mike Monroe Memorial, longest distance traveled and “I Built My Car.”
For more information about Funfest, call Pedro at 541-567-6151 or visit www.hermistonchamber.com. For questions about the art show, contact 541-667-5018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And, for the car show, call Storment at 541-571-5960 or search Facebook for “Hermiston Classics Car Club.”