The weekend forecast calls for cool, cloudy weather with a slight chance of showers, but don’t let that stop you from checking out the many Azalea Festival events and activities scheduled Thursday through Memorial Day. That would be shame. A large effort by a small army of volunteers went into making this wonderful community event happen.
Also, the festival will remind locals and visitors of the many positive things this community has to offer.
Organizations and volunteers will be out in force, selling goods and raising awareness of important civic efforts and activities. Local artists will be displaying their work and musicians will be performing live. Even our best and brightest slugs will race at the annual Slug Races Sunday at the Port of Brookings Harbor.
Local dignitaries, the Azalea queen and her court, and our local veterans will be honored at various ceremonies.
Also, this Azalea Festival marks the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Pilot Nobuo Fujita’s 1962 visit to Brookings, when he generously donated his family’s sword as a gesture of peace. On Friday, Fujita’s daughter, her husband and son, will be here and be the guests of honor at a reception at Brookings City Hall and for a demonstration at the Checto Community Public Library.
From the selling of the first volume at the library book sale Thursday to the final salute given at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the port Monday, it takes the work of hundreds of people to take care of thousands of details – and visitors – for this community-wide event.
We thank all of you for the effort.