Brookings gearing up for 81st-annual Azalea Festival

City of Brookings officials said they’re looking for Azalea Festival sponsors for the 81st-annual event.

The festival is a longtime Memorial Day weekend community celebration that celebrates the beauty of the southern Oregon coast and has been recognized as an “Oregon Heritage Tradition.”  

That designation is bestowed by the Oregon Heritage Commission on those annual events that are more than 50 years old and “represent what it means to be an Oregonian.”

This year, said local organizers, sponsors are being sought to make it the “most memorable Azalea Festival yet.”

  The weekend activities will include an Azalea Festival parade, street fair, the Curry County Cruisers car show, an air show, chamber of commerce shrimp feed, a Memorial Day service, Rock the Chetco at Chetco Brewery, Elks Lodge deep-pit BBQ, art show, quilt show, library book sale, flower and plant sale, Masons’ pancake breakfast – and, of course, azaleas in bloom at Azalea Park.

New events planned for this year’s celebration include Azalea Park family-fun events, live music concerts, a street dance and a Sunday community church service.

Sponsorship funds are used for advertising and event costs. Advertising will be through television, radio, print and social media reaching the Rogue Valley, Klamath Basin and Eureka areas.

Sponsorship information packets are available at Brookings City Hall, 898 Elk Dr., and on the City of Brookings website at https://or-brookings2.civicplus.com/342/Azalea-Festival.

For more information, call Amber Nalls at 541-469-1137 or email analls@brookings.or.us.

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