By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Streets will be closing for Turkey Rama set-up

As McMinnville gears up for its annual festival, which starts Thursday, July 11, residents will notice some changes in traffic patterns.

According to the Greater McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, the carnival will start moving in Wednesday onto the Oregon Mutual Insurance parking lot, between Fourth and Fifth streets on Baker.

One of the children’s rides will be set up on Fourth Street, so it will be closed to through traffic. However, the US Bank, Harvest Fresh, Mac Prescription Shop, Oregon Stationers and Boersma’s parking lots will remain accessible.

Carnival rides will open at 3 p.m. Thursday and continue daily through Sunday. Meanwhile, two popular Thursday activities — the Farmers Market and Brown Bag Series concert — will be held as usual.

Third Street and adjacent side streets, from Cowls to Galloway, will be blocked off Thursday afternoon so local shops and visiting vendors can set up their booths. The Turkey Rama main stage will be erected at Third and Evans streets, in preparation for the Biggest Turkey Contest on Friday night and entertainment throughout Friday and Saturday.

Booths will be open all along Third Street on Friday, and both days on Cowls street between Second and Fourth. The food court and beer garden will continue both days on Davis and Evans streets, respectively.

On Saturday, Third Street will be filled with vintage and classic vehicles for the annual North Valley Cruzzers Cruz-In. The World’s Largest Turkey Barbecue and additional entertainment will be offered Saturday at the Lafayette Avenue end of Wortman Park.

For more about Turkey Rama, see today’s Connections section.

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