Ir'a a well-known story in Brookings.
In 1942, during World War II, a Japanese pilot dropped a bomb in the forest east of Brookings. It was the only bombing of the mainland by a foreign airplane, but fortunately the fire it caused was put out fairly quickly by local men.
Twenty years later, the Brookings-Harbor Jaycees invited the pilot, Nobuo Fujita, to Brookings. He accepted and brought a 400-year-old Samurai sword to the people of Brookings-Harbor as an apology. The sword is on display at the Chetco Community Library.
Unknown to many, was that Fujita also brought some large Japanese windsocks and they were flown during the Azalea Parade for many years. Somewhere along the way, they were lost.
But as Amber Nalls of the City of Brookings was planning for the 81st festival, she learned that the windsocks had been found. They were retrieved and Coos-Curry Electric agreed to fly them high over the streets of Brookings during the parade.
Thus a trimmed-down Azalea Festival was made a brighter event by the revival of an old tradition.