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Field day centers on Community

A team competes in a tug-of-war match at last year’s Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center Fourth of July Barbecue and Field Day in Azalea Park. Submitted photo
A team competes in a tug-of-war match at last year’s Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center Fourth of July Barbecue and Field Day in Azalea Park. Submitted photo
Azalea Park will be bustling with activity when the Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center (FBHAC) holds its third annual Fourth of July Barbecue and Field Day.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the grass in front of the Azalea Park band shell on Thursday, July 4, and will include a barbecue, live music, silent auction, pie baking and eating contests as well as a pie auction, raffles and family games.

The day will kick off with the Best Pie Ever Contest registration between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Contestants are asked to bring two identical pies, one for judging and one for the auction later in the day. There is no charge to enter the contest. Judging will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Judges will be six community residents bid for judging honors. For more information on becoming a judge, call 541-251-0617. The deadline to become a judge is Sunday, June 30.

While the pies are being judged, people are welcome to relax in the park and enjoy the music of Moonspoon, a local band that will play on stage between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a break for the event’s opening ceremonies at noon.

Also at noon will be the barbecue. Tickets for the barbecue are $8 for general, $6 for seniors and $4 for children younger than 12. 

“These prices include a reusable — and really kind of nice — full water bottle for which you might have to pay an obscene price in a store,” said FBHAC board member Chuck Weller.

Tickets are available at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, A Wild Bird and Backyard General Store and online at http://www.fbhac.org.

Weller recommended purchasing tickets in advance. People have purchased a barbecue lunch at the event, “but last year we almost ran out of food,” he said.

The menu includes a Hastings all natural beef hamburger, tomato, lettuce, onion, and condiments plus potato salad and a slice of watermelon and potato salad. Children can opt for a hot dog instead of a hamburger.

During the picnic, games will be offered for children. For the adults, a silent auction begins at noon and will continue until 4 p.m.

Those who didn’t get their fill from the barbecue are welcome to enter the pie-eating contest, which will begin at 1 p.m. Those who are full and would rather have pie later can bid on pies during a live auction, and take one home.

During the auction, the winners of the morning’s pie judging will be announced. The grand-prize winner will receive a gift basket valued at more than $100 from Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

At 2 p.m. the winners of a 16GB iPad Mini donated by Fred Meyer and a Kenmore Stainless Steel Gas Grill donated by Sears will be announced. The winner does not need to be present.

Raffle tickets are on sale and may be purchased at the same ticket outlets as the barbecue. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Ticket purchasers may choose which item they wish to try to win, Weller said.

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