By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Vendors sought for Turkey Rama

Vendor applications are now available for those who would like to be considered for a spot at the 53rd annual Turkey Rama, set for Friday through Sunday, July 11-14, in downtown McMinnville.

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce and McMinnville Downtown Association are teaming up to sponsor the traditional annual event.

The uniquely McMinnville festival, which features a carnival, a cruise-in and the world’s biggest turkey barbecue, as well as an array of other activities, originated as a way to  celebrate a once-thriving turkey industry.

Vendor products will be juried for content and quality. In making the selections, the jurors will look for products or activities which align with one or more of the following: made in America, made by hand, carrying a car theme, associated with fun activities. The group will strive to have a variety of food, arts, crafts and activity booths.

More information is available on the MDA website, at, along with application forms. The MDA can be reached at 503-472-3605.  



The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Yamhill County was 7.7 percent in April, down slightly from March’s revised rate of 7.9 percent, according to the Oregon Employment Department. That’s a full percentage point lower than the statewide seasonally adjusted rate, coming in at 8.7 percent in April.

Total non-farm employment was up 320 jobs in April, compared to March. The private sector accounted for 290 of those jobs, the public sector 30.

Employment is up a modest 150 jobs from the previous April, the private sector adding 230, the public sector shedding 80. The construction industry, still in the doldrums, is down another 60.

Compared to the county’s pre-recession employment peak, in August 2007, employment is down more than 1,700 jobs, or 5.4 percent.

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted employment rate for April at 5.8 percent. Crook County had the highest at 12.8 percent, with Southern Oregon timber counties close behind.



Since 2007, Honest Chocolates has been donating 10 percent of its May sales to the Robert Packard Center for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research, based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Investment banker Bob Packard, brother of chocolate shop owner Dana Packard Dooley, raised substantial funds for ALS research before he died of the disease at the age of 42, leaving behind a wife and three young children. The center is named in his honor.

Since its founding in 2000, the Packard Center has made tremendous progress in fighting the disease through the research and development of new medications.

Honest Chocolates makes and sells hand-dipped chocolates at 575 N.E. Third St., McMinnville. For more information, contact 503-474-9042.



The Young Professionals will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Morning Thunder Cafe, 619 N.E. Third St., McMinnville.

The meeting’s topic will focus on Turkey Rama and the four nonprofits that will benefit.



Miller Technologies, now located at 105 N.E. Eighth St., will be moving the weekend of June 8 to 1300 N.E. Highway 99W.

The company has six employees. It plans to open in the new location at 8 a.m. Monday, June 10.



Lindsey Purtyman and Monica Tribys-Colombi, both of First Federal in McMinnville, recently graduated from the Northwest Bank Operations School. The eight-month program explores major issues facing operations personnel.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a Rock of Ages/Valley View greeters slated for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at 15600 S.W. Rock of Ages Road.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has a Dundee Women’s Club greeters scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at 1026 S.W. 99W.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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