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Annual slug races on Saturday

The Banana Belt’s slimiest tradition is back — the 22nd Annual Slug Races. 

An Azalea Festival favorite for years, this year’s event will be held at the Port of Brookings Harbor at 1 p.m. Saturday. (Not Sunday as listed in today’s Azalea Festival special section). 

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Live music, boat races and vendors featured at weekend Party at the Port

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Charlie Freak, a funk and soul trio from Coos Bay, will kick off the Party at the Port from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Live music will be featured on stage at the port’s boardwalk on Saturday and Sunday.

In conjunction with Azalea Festival events, the Port of Brookings Harbor will host its annual Party at the Port, a three-day oceanside celebration that begins Friday at 4 p.m., and last until Sunday at 6 p.m. 

Featured events on the boardwalk include an international cardboard boat regatta and the 22nd annual slug races, as well as a variety of activities for families, including face painting, a dunk tank, sumo wrestling suits and a bungee-jump trampoline. 

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Honoring students success

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The boys soccer team poses for photos after receiving certificates of achievement during Brookings-Harbor High School assembly Thursday.

The annual Academic Excellence Assembly at Brookings-Harbor High School, held Thursday morning, celebrated more than 180 students, 100 awards, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships.

Awards were presented for academic achievement among sports teams, clubs, and individual students. Presenters included members of the school board, teachers for various subjects, military trainers and club advisors, as well as Principal Lisa Dion and superintendent Lee Bush. Each award recipient received a T-shirt and a certificate.

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Whale of a winefest: Grape stomping added to today’s Gold Beach festivities

Purple toes are going to be the newest fashion statement in Gold Beach after today’s opening of the 28th annual Whale of a Winefest.

The event happens from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach.

More than 40 vendors, 12 wine booths, and four beer distributors will give participants ample opportunity to taste, evaluate, and purchase their favorite beverages. There is also going to be — for the first time ever — a grape stomp — pitting several teams of two who will enter a vat with carefully measured and weighted clumps of grapes. The teams will proceed to squish said grapes by stepping on them until the resulting juice is able to be measured and a winner declared.

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Lineup for Summer Concerts in the Park announced

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Marley’s Ghost will present a pre-Labor Day concert in the park.

Bluegrass, cajun, swing, Celtic and rock and roll will be featured during the American Music Festival’s free Sunday “Summer Concerts in the Park” series at Brookings’ Azalea Park.

The 10-concert season, presented by Rogue Credit Union, starts May 31 with the high-energy bluegrass of Eight Dollar Mountain, and ends Sept. 22 with the Celtic-based Wake the Dead.

“This is going to one of our best seasons ever thanks to our sponsors and the donations we received from audience members last year,” said Les Cohen, chairman of the American Music Festival board.

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