One of the biggest and best kid’s days in the county –– Enterprise’s Summerfest Celebration –– is June 23. It’s an event that closes down Main Street for several blocks in each direction of River Street.
Summerfest began as Bowlby Bash in 2013, the brainchild of the Greater Enterprise Main Streets.
The linchpin of the event was the modified soap-box derby that raced down Main Street and featured adult and child classes and a lot of good-natured competition and silliness. There’s no derby this year, but Summerfest director Kris Naisbitt promises attendees won’t be disappointed.
Ashley Lee of LuLa Roe Boutique has been organizing the kid games: chalk for drawing on the sidewalk, a bouncy house, water balloon tosses, pie eating contests, potato sack races and more.
The entire day of family entertainment begins with walk/run registration at 8 a.m. for the Third Annual “Walk On” to stop Diabetes at Enterprise City Park. Register at diabetes.org/communitywalk or register the day of the walk for $25. The 10K run will begin at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk will begin at 9:15 a.m.
That’s followed by a flag ceremony back on Main Street at the County Courthouse at 10 a.m. and then the first-ever summer-themed parade begins.
“Entries are still coming in,” said Naisbitt, “but I can say Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Drill Team and Wallowa County Humane Society will both have a large presence.”
To sign up for the parade, contact Mary Gassett firstname.lastname@example.org
The old-fashioned street fair on Main features face painting; live street shows by MidValley Theatre Company; Marmaduke the bull from Mountain High Broncs and Bulls; food booths (including Baggin’s Wagen mini-donuts); craft and artwork booths: and community service booths.
A sprinkler splash pad will be in Ward Park. Batting cages may be set up by boosters for the Jensen Park indoor sports complex. Abundant Life Church on Main will again offer games both new and traditional on the church lawn and live music. Darrell Brann and Family, Local Yokels and the Nick Porter Band will perform throughout the day at the courthouse gazebo.
Summerfest wraps up at 3 p.m. and families can gather again for Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo at Wallowa County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m.
There is a dance at Cloverleaf Hall after the rodeo.
The downhill derby will be back on next year as last year’s Downhill Speedster winner, Jorge Aguilar, Jr., has accepted the responsibility for organizing the event in 2019.
8 a.m. –– Walk for Diabetes Enterprise City Park
10 a.m. –– Flag Ceremony, National Anthem
10:05 a.m. –– Parade with a summer party theme
2 p.m. –– Turn in vendor raffle cards and kids entries
2:30 p.m. –– Raffle drawing and parade winners announced
3 p.m. –– End of Summer-Fest
5 p.m. –– Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo
9 p.m. –– Dance after the rodeo at the fairgrounds