Canceled events in the Reedsport area
Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Championship
"This is an announcement we had hoped not to have to make. Unfortunately, the 2020 Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship has been canceled," said a committee member. Set for June 18-21 this year, the event has been rescheduled to June 17-21, 2021.
"While the decision was necessary, it was still not easy. The Chainsaw Committee is already looking ahead to a bigger and better festival for 2021.
"Everyone stay safe, be creative and know that we cannot wait to see you in the sawdust next year."
Rock and Gem Show and Sale
In light of the current pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel this year's Rock and Gem Show and Sale, which runs each year concurrently with the Chainsaw Championship and the Downtown Artwalk.
Fireworks on the Bay
In light of the current pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel this year's Fourth of July Fireworks on the Bay in Winchester Bay. Many, if not most, cities along the Oregon coast have canceled fireworks displays.
DuneFest – July 21 through July 26, 2020
(NOTE: The Umpqua Post apologizes for incorrect information published last week indicating DuneFest had not been canceled. The event HAS been canceled.)
DuneFest is considered the premiere ATV sand event in the country. It features motocross racing, sand drags, freestyle shows, charity auction and much more. Unfortunately, this year's event has been canceled.
"I am sorry to say that DuneFest 2020 has been canceled," said Jody Morrow, DuneFest coordinator. "Governor Brown announced that 'large gatherings such as conventions, festivals, and major concerts and live audience sporting events will need to be canceled at least through September. Restarting events of this size will require a reliable treatment or prevention, like a vaccine, which is many months off.'
"As a Chamber event, we were holding out hope that things would improve," Morrow added. "For those of you who have been coming for years and collect dog tags or camping stickers, we will have 2020 items available with the phrase #quarantined on them. Please send an email to email@example.com with the subject 'quarantined' and we will put them in the mail to you as soon as they are available.
"I am sincerely sorry to cancel the event which brings so many people and businesses together. If allowed, we will try to pull off some dune related activities later in the summer/early fall."
Kool Coastal Nights -- Aug. 22, 2020
Kool Coastal Nights features 300 cars for a Show 'n Shine event, along with a harbor cruise for those nostalgic for the 50s. However, the event has been canceled this year.
"It is with deep regret that we inform you the 2020 Kool Coastal Nights Car Show has been canceled," said an event organizer. "We had hoped that it would be safe for everyone to gather and enjoy the car show. Orders from the office of the Governor of Oregon preclude that from being a possibility for this year. Please know that the health and safety of our community and participants is of the utmost importance to us. We will miss seeing you this year, but are counting the days til’ August 28, 2021 when we can all enjoy Kool Coastal Nights!
Old Time Fiddlers Jamboree -- Aug. 13-16, 2020
"Sadly, due to our Governor issuing new guidelines for the the gathering of groups which will remain in effect at least until September, we are forced to cancel our Winchester Bay Campout in August," wrote Dawn Vonderlin on the OOTFA's Facebook page. "District 5 has remained hopeful and optimistic that perhaps we might be able to still have the event. But no such luck, so stay safe and keep that music going at home. We will catch up as soon as we possibly can."
Events still planned as of May 22
S.T.E.P. Salmon Derby – Labor Day weekend
Daily prizes for biggest salmon sponsored by Gardiner/Reedsport S.T.E.P. (Salmon-Trout-Enhancement-Program). This event is timed to coincide with the fall Chinook salmon run. Local tackle shops have registration and rules. This year, due to social distancing guidelines, there will be no raffle or awards ceremony and awards will be mailed.
Holiday Bazaar — first weekend in December
Craftspeople from across the state present their wares at the Community Center in Reedsport. Kids can visit with Santa Claus and people can vote for ther favorite gingerbread house.