Riddle’s Sawdust Jubilee will be different this year, as events have only been scheduled for one day rather than the entire weekend.
“The event was reduced to one day due to a lack of volunteers and supplier participation,” said organizer Melisa Wagnon.
That didn’t stop the organizers from loading up as many festivities on Saturday, June 26 as they could.
The stands will open at 9 a.m. They will include food trucks as well as offerings such as cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, fried bread, children’s games, face painting, henna tattoos, veterans stand, army national guard. and more. They will be posted along the main street in Riddle.
The day will include many traditional Jubilee festivities. Parade will start at 11:00 am Parade registrations will open at 9:00 am
The arm wrestling and softball tournaments will be back this year. The softball tournament will also be back this year. Fourteen teams will compete to win the Sawdust Jubilee tournament on both the Riddle High School and Elementary School grounds. This is the only event to be held over two days, as the tournament will continue until Sunday.
Spectators can also look forward to new events. After the parade, the organizers added a show and shine car show. This will include rat rods, ATVs, UTVs, street bikes and “many, many more categories”. A corn hole tournament has also been added, to be held on the softball field in front of the elementary school.
The highlight, Wagnon said, is the addition of the Oregon America Vietnamese Veterans Memorial Travel Wall.
“We decided to include the wall this year because of Terry Weakley’s enthusiasm and his willingness to help make it happen. This is his hometown and he wanted to bring it to Riddle, ”she said. “We started planning before the pandemic and are so grateful and grateful that it worked. Honoring those who gave it their all is part of who we are and Riddle has a wonderful group of caring veterans who always see their flags go out at every opportunity. “
Weakley is the spokesperson for America’s Vietnam Veterans. Four of the 957 names on the wall belong to young men who made Riddle their home before giving their lives in service to their country.
Also new this year, visits to the home of John Bouseman (JB) Riddle. The new owners have been renovating the town’s founder’s house for 14 months and will open the house for tours throughout the day.
The annual fireworks show will close the Jubilee at 10 p.m.
The event typically sees a few thousand people and Wagnon hopes to see at least that many this year.
“We think people are ready to go out and safely enjoy a summer festival,” she said.
Organizers will follow all Oregon state guidelines at the time of the event regarding masks and social distancing.
Erica Welch is the Special Sections Editor of The News-Review. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 541-957-4218.