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A mountain of bluegrass comes to Azalea Park

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Ashland-based Eight Dollar Mountain will perform the first show of the Summer Concerts in the Park series Sunday in Azalea Park. Submitted photo

The high-energy bluegrass quintet Eight Dollar Mountain will kick off Brookings free Summer Concerts in the Park series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Azalea Park.

“We are so fortunate to get such a great band to launch what is sure to be our best season ever,” said Scott Graves, board member of the American Music Festival, which organizes the free concert series at the park’s bandshell.

The concerts, presented by sponsor Rogue Credit Union, typically draw crowds of 300 to 500 people who bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park’s natural amphitheater. The snack shack, operated by The Brookings Harbor Interact Club, offers hot food and drinks. Admission is free, but buckets are passed for donations to help pay for the artists.

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Final weekend for Disney's "Mary Poppins"

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76th Azalea Festival parade winners announced

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Airport day pre-flight

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A small yellow Beechcraft Bonanza zoomed down the runway and blew a burst of air into the faces of a group of students as it swept up into the sky, accelerating to about 160 mph and showing off for its young audience.

On a Tuesday morning field trip to the Brookings Airport, 75 eighth graders from Azalea Middle School learned all about airplanes from the Brookings Flying Club, whose members taught the students about different aspects of piloting a plane.

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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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