Erin Padilla, Arts & Public Programming Coordinator
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan Street, Newberg OR 97132
503-487-6883 x. 104
For immediate release:
CAMELLIA FESTIVAL RETURNS TO NEWBERG FOR ITS NINTH YEAR
January 1, 2017 (Newberg, OR): The Newberg Camellia Festival, now in its ninth year, offers an exploration of Asian / Pacific Rim cultures through art, food, performances and horticulture.
This full day festival starts with a 5k and 10k run coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Rec., and features performances throughout the day by groups such as Unit Souzou Taiko, Lee’s Lion and Dragon Dancers, and The Oregon Koto Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. The Forecourt Tent features demonstrations and hands-on art-activities for kids. Trolley tours will give visitors a look at Newberg’s favorite historic sites. The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society’s bloom show, highlighting the official Newberg city flower and its Asian origins. Plant sales will run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase unique plants and garden art. There’s something for all ages and interests!
Because of the festival’s strong relationship with local sponsors such as the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chehalem Park and Recreation District, The Allison Inn & Spa, Friendsview Retirement Community, and The Hoover Minthorn House Museum, and the City of Newberg the Newberg Camellia Festival is free to the public. Furthermore, collaborating with the Northwest China Council and the Japanese Consulate of Portland has allowed festival organizers to reach a broader community of people across the Portland area in recent years. In total, the festival hosts nearly 4,000 visitors annually.
The Newberg Camellia Festival will be held from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg) in beautiful downtown Newberg.
A full schedule and description of performances will be on the Newberg Camellia Website soon. To sign up for the 5k/10k run/walk, please visit the CPRD registration website. For more information please contact festival co-chair Erin Padilla or call 503-487-6883 x. 104.