Let the fun begin
“I think Fun Days will be really fun this year,” said Mayor Kathie Oriet, part of the festival’s organizing committee.
She said this year’s event will feature several new activities, including a bake off in which cooks vie to see who makes the best cookies, pies and cakes. The competition will join Carlton’s traditional chili cook-off and photo contest.
Another new event will be the Rubber Duck Race. At 2 p.m. Saturday, a flock of duckies will be dropped into the Yamhill River and kids will compete to see if their duck floats fastest.
Oriet said the duck manufacturer said this will be the first duckie race in the U.S. featuring all USA-made duckies. The bright-yellow duckies are about 4 inches tall and say “Sam” (as in Uncle Sam) and “Hatched in the USA” on them.
Children can sign up for free before 2 p.m. and receive a number corresponding to one of the duckies. To determine the winner, Lyn Carl of the city will be in a boat waiting to fish the ducks out of the river as they float downstream.
“CelebriDucks” with a variety of themes also will be available for purchase. And chef ducks will serve as prizes for the bake-off winners.
Friday activities will take place in Upper City Park.
The barbecue fundraiser will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Carlton Together Cares will benefit from the proceeds.
The pool will be open for a free swim from noon to 8 p.m. and teen swim, for ages 12 to 18, from 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s event will open with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall. Cub Scout Pack 268 will cook breakfast. There’s a small charge.
A fun run and walk will start at 7:30 a.m. from the new fire hall.
The parade will form at Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School. Entries will roll out at 10 a.m., traveling on Third Street, Fifth Street and Main Street.
After the parade, Fun Days will move to Wennerberg Park.
Vendors will have booths from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among them will be booths featuring elephant ears, pulled pork and barbecued chicken and Mexican food.
Children’s activities will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by Christian Gospel Assemblies and Fun Days committees. The stick horse rodeo will start at 1 p.m.
Photo contest entries will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The bake-off will be judged at 11:30 a.m. Bakers can enter three categories: cookies, bars and cupcakes; pies; and cakes.
The chili cook-off will be judged at 1 p.m.
Baseball aficionados will try their skills in a home run derby at 3 p.m. on the baseball field.
Hometown Classics, with Carlton Police Chief Kevin Martinez and other local musicians, will perform for a dance from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday night in Upper City Park.
Free swimming will be offered in the pool from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information, check the website, www.ci.carlton.or.us.