Celebrating the huckleberry


NORTH POWDER — A tiny purple berry gets a big celebration Saturday during the 11th annual Huckleberry Festival. This year’s theme is “A Huckleberry Eclipse.” The day begins early with a community all-school reunion from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the school. The meal cost is by donation, which will support the school’s boys athletic programs. For those who […]

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Union County Fair embraces change


LA GRANDE — The Union County Fair has two major schedule changes for participants this year, and some new events and vendors to bring the crowd. The change of schedule for this year, according to Margaret Spence who has been orchestrating many of the items on the fair’s schedule, said the senior breakfast will be on Wednesday this year instead […]

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Sidewalk fun at Crazy Days

Crazy Days

UPDATED July 13, 2017: The location of the firemen breakfast was misstated in the original story. LA GRANDE — Thanks to the Lovin’ Spoonful song, summertime sidewalks often call to mind temperatures “hotter than a match head,” but on July 14 and 15, downtown La Grande’s sidewalks mean only festival fun. Crazy Days is back with its hallmark sidewalk vendors, […]

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Long-standing traditions return: Hog Wild Days enters 39th year

Hog Wild

ISLAND CITY — After nearly four decades of successful events, the organizers of the Hog Wild Days seem to subscribe to the “don’t fix what isn’t broken” school of thought. Continuing several long-standing traditions, the Hog Wild Days festival will once again include a pork dinner, parade and pig-barrell train ride for children. The family-friendly festival starts June 2 with […]

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Backcountry Festival back for fifth year

Backcountry Festival

ANTHONY LAKES — The name of the Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival says it all — it’s a celebration of locals who enjoy exploring the region’s backcountry. “It started as a way to bring backcountry recreationists together,” said Michael Hatch, who is coordinator of the Outdoor Adventure Program at Eastern Oregon University. The OAP organizes the festival, now in its fifth […]

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Baker City celebrates the New Year


BAKER CITY — Break out your fanciest clothes to ring in the new year — or just come as you are and celebrate the coming of 2017 at the New Year’s Eve Black Tie event hosted by Lefty’s Taphouse, 1934 Broadway St. “Just come — they don’t have to dress up, but that’s the theme,” Julie Stout said. Reservations are […]

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Winterfest keeps participants warm


ENTERPRISE — This year’s Winterfest celebration offers activities for the whole family, including some designed to warm up visitors throughout the festivities. The first of those is the indoor comforts of Santa Central. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to greet the children and take photos from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10 in the Wild Carrot Herbal’s building, […]

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