Old Fashioned Festival echoes American Dream

NEWBERG — The theme of this year’s Old Fashioned Festival in Newberg was “The American Dream.” It began on Thursday, July 25, and ran through Sunday, July 28.

The celebration featured a carnival and rides at Renne field in Newberg. Saturday’s schedule also included a parade, geo-caching scavenger hunt, series of concerts and fireworks show at Renne Field.

For hours surrounding the parade, traffic in Newberg was at a standstill. Hordes parade-goers camped on lawns and clogged the streets.

The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce held a Brews & BBQ fundraiser Friday and Saturday. The beer garden featured live music from an array of bands, performing from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

“This is the first year the chamber has done this,” said Cathy Steuhr, who served as alcohol monitor.

Chamber President Sheryl Kelsh was pleased with the turnout.

“For a first-time event, it’s been fantastic,” she said. “Our barbecue guys are selling out, our beer guys are selling out. It’s been great.”

Saturday was also National Dance Day.

The last Saturday in July was declared National Dance Day in 2010, in order to promote healthy lifestyles and a perception of dance as exercise. It was promoted by the Dizzy Feet Foundation in association with the show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

As a part of the festivities at Renne Field, Kristen Coats, owner of the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, organized a flash mob.

Academy students spread throughout the crowd on the field. When their song echoed at 9 p.m., during a break between bands, the students started dancing in unison. Later, they led the crowd in dancing to the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.”

Coats said that this was Newberg’s first flash mob, and that she was proud to have been a part. She explained that the flash mob was one segment of a greater effort, because dance groups all across the nation would be doing the same routine, choreographed by affiliates of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Saturday night’s festivities were closed by a 30 minute fireworks show.

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