Miners Jubilee adds new events to its usual lineup


BAKER CITY — Baker City’s mid-summer festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and this year’s Miners Jubilee brings a few new events to the weekend schedule.

Miners Jubilee is July 14-16 in Baker City

Geiser Pollman Park will be the spot for vendors — both food and crafts — throughout the three days, July 14-16. Eastern Oregon Mining Association will again have booths set up on Grove Street between the park and museum, and everyone can try their skills at panning for gold.

The park is also the place for live music at the Powder River Pavilion: noon and 3 p.m. July 14; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. July 15; and 1 p.m. July 16.

Also, a street dance starts at 6 p.m. July 15 at Court Plaza in downtown Baker City.

Another long-standing tradition, the Miners Jubilee Fun Run/Walk, takes off at 8 a.m. July 15. There are 5K and 10K routes, and entry is $20 or $10 for participants under age 10 (those younger than 6 can participate for free). Forms are available at the Baker YMCA, or same-day registration starts at 7 a.m. Proceeds from the event support the Baker High School track and field team.

The Jubilee parade starts at 11 a.m. July 15, and entries can start lining up near Baker Middle School starting at 8 a.m. The theme is “35th Anniversary Celebration.”

The Baker Heritage Museum, 2480 Grove St., has special events planned, including a
blacksmithing demonstration by Gary Lewis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14. Lewis will also be at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15 and 16.

On July 14 and 15, the museum will host a wine tasting by Copper Belt Winery from noon to 5 p.m. and a “Paint Your Wagon” film fest starting at noon. For information, call 541-523-9308.

Smash & Bash

A new Jubilee event this year is a “Car Smash & Bash” from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14 and 15 at the corner of Campbell and Grove streets. The cost to participate is $1 per hit or six hits for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Baker High Class of 2018 graduation party.

“I was just looking at fundraising ideas,” said Ashly Pearce, one of the parents organizing the event.

Five Star Towing will donate the car to be smashed, and participants can choose to use sledgehammers, bats, hammers and paint-filled balloons to destroy the car.

Quilt Show

This year’s Quilt Show will be held at the YMCA Gym, 2020 Church St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15. Admission is $3.

The show will feature four vendors this year, including: Jo’s Fabrics, Granny G, Outlaw
Creations, and Karen Hutchinson. A bed turning will be featured at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 14, and 2:30 p.m. July 15, along with a raffle quilt using the pattern Vintage Stitches.

Broncs & Bulls

Jubilee also brings the Bronc and Bull Riding Blowout at the Baker County Fairgrounds rodeo arena on Grove Street.

Bronc riding starts at 7 p.m. July 14. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 ages 10 and younger. Bull riding is at 6 p.m. July 15, and all tickets are $15.

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