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 All-Oregon Newsletter September 2006



Summer is passing by so fast!  Be sure and get out and enjoy this great Oregon weather before the rains arrive (at least in the northwest part of the state).  There are still a lot of fun events to keep you outside for the rest of the month. 

This month:
Featured events – Summer activities galore.
Featured book –
Steens Mountain in Oregon's High Desert Country
Featured attraction – Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Featured recipe – Ricotta Oregon Dungeness Crab Cakes

Featured Events
There are a lot of fun things happening in September.  Here are some to get you started.  Be sure and check out more at where you will find hundreds of events every month. 

Harney County Fair and Rodeo
September 5-10, 2006 -- Burns
69660 S. Egan Street, phone: 541-573-7484. Email: Website:

Sisters Folk Festival
September 8-10, 2006 -- Sisters
The annual celebration of American music from blues to bluegrass includes performances by top folk artists and musicians. Contact: Erin Deggendorfer at 541-549-4979

Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 8-10, 2006 -- Newport
Experience the wonder of shorebird migration along the scenic Oregon coast at the 20th annual Oregon Shorebird Festival September 8, 9 and 10, 2006.  A full weekend of activities will appeal to birders of all skill levels, including expertly guided land-based and pelagic field trips, evening presentations on current bird research and keynote speaker Dennis Paulson, author of “Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest."  To register for the festival or for more information please visit our website at  or contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.

Bandon Cranberry Festival
September 8-10, 2006 -- Bandon
Plan to be in Bandon for our nationally recognized Annual Cranberry Festival. Activities include: Blessing of the Harvest, crafts, food, music, Street Fair in Olde Town Bandon, Queen's Coronation, Grand Parade, Lions BBQ, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Golf Challenge, and the Cranberry Bowl Football game. This is the most exciting late summer weekend on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Hells Canyon Mule Days
September 8-10, 2006 -- Enterprise
Mule Show with events and games for every age and skill level.  Cowboy poets, Pit B-B-Q Dinner, Quilt Show, Mule & Horse Sale, Non-motorized Parade, Vendors, Exhibitors & Western Art on The Green. Phone: (541) 426-3271. Email: Contact: Sondra Lozier, President; Home Phone:  (541) 426-3271

Street Memories Pig Roast
September 9, 2006 -- Roseburg
Street Memories Car Club presents Car show & Pig Roast. It will be held at Mill Pond Park in Idylld Park (east of Roseburg, Oregon.) The hours are 9am until 4pm. There will be games, an enormous raffle, and a complete roast pig dinner for 2. There is a limit of 150 cars. Registration: Call Bill at 541-496-2283, Walt at 541-672-2557 or Paul at 541-672-7633. Come join in the fun!!

Friends of the Library Book Sale
September 9, 2006 -- McMinnville
Sat 10-2, McMinnville Branch Library, Carnegie Room, next to Library, 225 N Adams

Oregon High Desert Swap Meet & Car Show
September 9, 2006 -- Redmond
Deschutes County Fairgrounds, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, free to public. Classic Car Show, Antiques, Swap Meet with cars for sale, parts (new & used) for cars & trucks, and many other items found at swap meets.  Apx. 400 vendors attended last year with room for about 600. 

Fishing Day for Kids with Disabilities
September 9, 2006 -- Tillamook
Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery, Jerry Dove (503) 842-6519

Whole Town Yard Sale
September 9-10, 2006 -- Jacksonville
This annual event brings people from San Diego to Vancouver! Our junk is your treasure! Come join the fun. 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Contact: WholeTown Yard Sale, 541-899-8118,,

Pottsville Pow Wow
September 9-10, 2006 -- Pottsville
Contact: 541-471-1892 or 541-660-7880

Wheels & Waves
September 9-10, 2006 -- Seaside
Rod & Custom event for 1962 & earlier vehicles, Downtown Seaside, poker runs & walks,concerts. Sponsored by Flashback Promotions/S.D.D.A.; Admission: free to public viewing. Phone: 503-717-8530. Event Coordinator:
Flashback Promotions. Event Homepage:

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire 
September 9-10, 2006 -- Kings Valley
Admission: $9 / Contact: The Shrew, PO Box 604, Philomath, OR 97370, (541) 929-4897, email:, web: / Site: Kings Valley OR / Booths: 135 / Attendance: 24 ,000 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / Camping for participants only; for off-site info, visit

Loggers Breakfast
September 10, 2006 -- Chiloquin
Loggers Breakfast at Collier State Park and Logging Museum from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Hwy 97 North of Chiloquin, OR. Call 541-783-2471 for more information.

Pendleton Round-Up
September 13-16, 2006 -- Pendleton
Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, or call 800-547-8911.

Annual Oktoberfest
September 14-17, 2006 -- Mt. Angel
There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the "Old World" Oktoberfest than in Mount Angel, Oregon. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation.

Sisters Jazz Festival
September 15-17, 2006 -- Sisters
Stage and impromptu performances of bands and individuals at several venues in Sisters, including the main site at the Village Green. Contact: Kent Thie, Festival Director at 541-549-1332 or 800-549-1332. 

Prefontaine Memoiral Run
September 16, 2006 -- Coos Bay
4th & Anderson, 10:00 am. 10K road run over city streets 2-mile walk that runs concurrently with the 10K run. Shirts and trophies awarded. Hilly out and back course ending at Steve Prefontaine's Alma Mater, Marshfield High. For information call Bob Huggins at 541-269-1103 or E-mail

Bark in the Park
September 16, 2006 -- Brownsville
Bark in the Park draws together pooches of all makes and models plus their owners, family and friends. As you would imagine, this event is held in Pioneer Park. Events include; owner pet look alike, biscuit relay, farthest from the dog house, most talent, least talent, best costume, most tail wags and more. Fun for all. Pets and humans welcome

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
September 16, 2006 -- Tillamook
Tillamook Air Museum, 6030 Hangar Road. Larry Schaible, Manager or Carol Burton, (503) 842-1130, Sponsored by Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook Pilots, Tillamook Police Dept., Special Olympics

Bay Area Fun Festival Bike Race
September 16-17, 2006 -- Coos Bay
Contact 541-267-3341 or 800-738-4849 x3

Chowder, Blues and Brews
September 22-24, 2006 -- Florence
Chowder, Blues, and Brews", in mid September at the Florence Events Center, offers a chowder cook-off, food booths, microbrew tasting and competition, and live music all three days. These three days are definitely not to be missed, and provide fun for all ages at all hours, all weekend long! For more information contact Florence Area Chamber of Commerce 541-997-3128.

September 22-24, 2006 -- Wallowa
A Swiss/Bavarian festival with traditional foods, folk dancers and singers and craft booths in a beautiful mountain setting at Wallowa Lake. Special Presentation, Open-air breakfast, dancing, venders, crafts and a great time. Phone: (541) 432-4704. Contact: Eagle Cap Chalets

Annual Sisters Mountain Bike Festival & Half-Marathon
September 23, 2006 -- Sisters
Everyone thinks it's all downhill from Hoodoo Ski Area to Sisters. The Hoodoo 45 starts at Hoodoo Ski Area and travels through some of the most beautiful country in the Northwest. The Suttle Lake 20, the last half of the Hoodoo 45, offers all of the same beauty in half the miles. Presented by Sisters Athletic Club and S.O.A.R. (Sisters Organization for Activities and Recreation). All proceeds benefit S.O.A.R. For more information, contact Sisters Athletic Club, 541-549-6878,

The Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration
September 23-24, 2006 -- Turner
Award Winning Wines / New Releases / Food / Grape Stomping / Prizes / Live Music. $5 adult admission includes a free Riedel wine glass! Please call 503-588-9463 to reserve a stomping time for your team of two: one stomper and one swabber. $5 per team per heat to stomp. Winners will qualify for the National Grape Stomping Championship in Santa Rosa, CA!
Willamette Valley Vineyards  8800 Enchanted Way, 800-344-9463

September 23-24, 2006 -- Reedsport
Pronounced Sa-Lee-La, this festival is part entertainment, part education, lots of fun and both free and open to the public. Centered downtown at the Umpqua River and Discovery Center with activities focused on watershed restoration and salmon recovery. A complete traditional Indian village is set up with tribal drumming, dancing, storytelling and demonstrations of flintknapping and other native crafts by the Confederated Tribes of Siuslaw, Coos & Lower Umpqua Indians. Lots of children's activities, food and crafts booths and a traditional alder smoked Salmon dinner. Last year 2000 students from surrounding schools attended the festival. A great event to bring the whole family.

Eugene CelebrationSeptember 29-October 1, 2006 -Eugene
Come join in the Celebration with parade, music, food, cycling and arts & crafts. Downtown Events Management Inc., Eugene, OR 97401 Phone: 541-681-4108 Email Address: 

Featured Book 

Steens Mountain in Oregon's High Desert Country.

Author: E. R. Jackman; Buy New: $49.95
The three men who produced this book weren't just writing and photographing. They were exposing a love affair they've had with a mountain for many years. The final chapter boasts that you can stand atop the 9,670-foot mountain and look into five states. But the meaning is clear that while you are up there and looking at the five states you may also see all the way to the state of your soul


Featured Attraction
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Come find awesome scenic grandeur in Baker County.  The 208-mile drive known as the Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway is also registered as an All-American Road.  You’ll understand why when you begin the adventure in Baker City and forge into the majestic Wallowa Mountains of Northeast Oregon.   Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America, is sharply contrasted by the 10,000-feet-high peaks of the Wallowas.  Don’t miss this trip!  Best time to travel these narrow winding roads is June-October, after that many of the roads may be closed by snow. Put aside a good 7-8 hours to make this trip.

Featured Oregon Recipe
Ricotta Oregon Dungeness Crab Cakes

Makes 4 servings

1 cup Dungeness crabmeat, rinsed if salted 
1/2 cup ricotta cheese, drained
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs, available in Asian markets and some supermarkets)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoons minced shallots 
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
Vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup cornstarch

Pick over the crabmeat to remove any pieces of cartilage. Check to see if salt has been added to crabmeat. If it has, rinse thoroughly. Squeeze dry.

Combine gently the crabmeat, ricotta, panko, parsley, shallots, mustard, olive oil, pepper and egg. Form into 4 patties, place on a plate and refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours.
Pour enough vegetable oil into a skillet so that it will come halfway up the sides of the cakes when fried. Heat to 350 degrees.

Dip each cake into buttermilk, then into cornstarch. Fry each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve right away.

Source: The New Alaska Cookbook, by Kim Severson 

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Jackie Farris