Michaela Fujita-Conrads/News-Register##Hope Ulery smiles at her parents while riding a merry-go-round at the Sheridan Days Festival on Saturday,
June 13.
Michaela Fujita-Conrads/News-Register##Hope Ulery smiles at her parents while riding a merry-go-round at the Sheridan Days Festival on Saturday, June 13.
Michaela Fujita-Conrads/News-Register##A Lincoln County Shrine Club member waves to
the crowd while riding by in his go-kart during the Sheridan Days Parade.
Michaela Fujita-Conrads/News-Register##A Lincoln County Shrine Club member waves to the crowd while riding by in his go-kart during the Sheridan Days Parade.
Michaela Fujita-Conrads/News-
Register##Savannah Calus
holds her hair back while
she has a butterfly painted
on her face.
Michaela Fujita-Conrads/News- Register##Savannah Calus holds her hair back while she has a butterfly painted on her face.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##John Greene and
Holly Gill compete in the Sheridan Days biker weenie bite contest.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##John Greene and Holly Gill compete in the Sheridan Days biker weenie bite contest.
By Emily Hoard • Staff Writer • 

Sheridan Days: A festival of magic

This year’s theme was, “We Believe in Magic.” A carnival and grand parade were just two of the many elements contributing a magical feeling to the four-day festival.

Children enjoyed the rides, games and cotton candy at Sheridan High School.

“I think it’s pretty fun and cool,” said Talia Marrufo, at the carnival with her family. “There are a lot of fun rides!”

She said her favorite was the “Zipper,” a ride that flips around while its individual cars spin. The carnival also featured a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, merry-go-round and bumper car ride.

About 50 vendors also set up at the high school, selling jewelry, clothes, bumper stickers and more.

Father and daughter team Jim and Kevynn Bogart represented Mother Earth’s Gifts and Treasures, a vendor of natural teas and tinctures, touted for their medicinal qualities. It was their first time at Sheridan Days.

“We’re helping lots of people,” Jim Bogart said. “We’re even helping people with Agent Orange poisoning.”

Each tea and tincture is meant to relieve symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, anxiety or pain.

“What it did for me was phenomenal,” Bogart said.”Every issue I’ve had has been wiped out by these products.”

It was also the first Sheridan Days for Larry “Bubba” Bryan, selling jewelry and dreamcatchers. 

“Overall, people are friendly,” Bryan said. “The only bad thing we had was theft.”

Groups of youths stole items from vendors Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Both times, they were apprehended by the police.

Vendor Kelly Brown said four items were stolen from the booth of Family Jewels, which he operates with his sister.

“I’ve worked for over 25 years as a corrections administrator,” Brown said. “I’ve learned it’s not the kids’ fault if their parents didn’t teach them right from wrong. We as a community need to be uncles and aunts to children who don’t have a good role model at home.”

Vendor Paul Adler served as volunteer coordinator for the vendor side of the operation again this year. He’s been handling the task since 2004, and fellow vendors say he does a great job.

“Vendors really appreciate how hard the volunteer coordinator has worked,” Brown said.

Adler was selling thunder eggs, fossils and other rocks at his booth. Earlier, he had helped fellow vendors set up their booths and deal with any problems.

“They’re not there for me,” Adler said. “I’m there for them. I enjoy doing it.”

A few blocks down the street, a DJ played the Macarena and Cupid Shuffle as festival-goers danced and dined on barbecued chicken. One boy won a $10 Walgreen’s gift card for his dancing prowess.

At 6 p.m., everyone lined up along the street to watch the grand parade. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Posse led the way on horseback, holding aloft the Posse flag, Oregon flag and American flag. The Sheridan Fire District wasn’t far behind, with firefighters tossing candy to spectators from a classic engine and some newer ones.

A vintage steam engine once used to harvest grain rolled past, followed by Disney-themed floats, Scottish bagpipers, a Shriners contingent and many more.

After the parade, the Dad Works Hard trio, the musical headliner, took the stage at the high school. “We are going to rock the expletive out of Sheridan, Oregon,” said Danny Barker as he began setting up for the performance.

Sheridan Days also featured a pancake breakfast, motorcycle show, auto show, honored court tea and bed turning.

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