The Azalea Festival and Parade will be honored with an Oregon Heritage Tradition Designation at 1 p.m. Saturday (May 4), along with an ice cream social, at the Chetco Community Public Library.

“This designation recognizes those events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian,” said Greg Williams, president of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “These events are unique locally, regionally, and state-wide, and the Azalea Festival and Parade definitely meet that criteria.”

The application was submitted to the Oregon Heritage Foundation by Jerry Law. Beth Dehn, coordinator from The Oregon Heritage Commission and Carol Ashtley from Travel Oregon and a member of the Oregon Heritage Commission will be on hand to present the award.

Among the criteria for consideration are events associated with Oregon people, places and activities that characterize the heritage of the state, its positive accomplishments, and its enduring qualities and traditions; has a demonstrated appeal to a broad spectrum of the public; a demonstrated public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more ordinary events; provides participatory activities for the public beyond simply the observation of showcase performances; and adds to the livability and identity of the state; volunteerism, community building, economic and tourism development, and community giving.

The chamber is also looking for photos from throughout the 80 years of Azalea Festivals, Williams said. People can bring photos to the chamber office for scanning or email them to the chamber at visitorcenter@brookingsharborchamber.com .”

In connection with the award designation, there will be a free ice cream social in keeping with this year’s festival and parade theme, “A Blast from the Past!”

People are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the event to support the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank. Those unable to attend the event can drop off food donations at the Brookings Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 703 Chetco Ave. between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday throughFriday, or the Brookings Harbor Food Bank at 539 Hemlock from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“We appreciate the chamber of commerce working with the food bank and using this opportunity to promote receiving this designation and to help the food bank,” said Pam Winebarger, executive director for the bank stated. “We are continually in need of non-perishable food items.”

Such items include tuna, peanut butter, soups, pasta, canned beans, canned vegetables, tomato products, cereal, granola bars, fruit cup, snack cheese and crackers, flour, sugar, oatmeal, beans, rice and juice.”

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