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From Crawdad Festival to Airshow, August is busy

Successful Our Community in Park event


Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Our Community in the Park event on Saturday was the first big event of a busy August. Above, volunteer Karen Affeldt polishes the nails of 11-year-old Victoria Hester, of Madras.An active August opened Saturday with the Our Community in the Park event, and continues with the popular Culver Crawdad Festival Aug. 16, and the Airshow of the Cascades Aug. 22-23.

The Our Community event drew thousands to the Madras City Hall area on Saturday for free food, clothing and services. (See story and photos in Features.)

Next up is the fifth annual Culver Crawdad Festival, which will open with the Redneck 5K Run and Obstacle Course at 8 a.m. at the Culver High School sports field. Cost of the event is $35, which benefits the Culver volleyball program. Call 541-771-0808 for more information.

The festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Culver Veterans Memorial Park, where attendees can purchase an authentic Cajun crawdad meal for $8. The plate includes a pile of crawdads from Lake Billy Chinook, new potatoes, onions, lemons, corn bread, watermelon and a soft drink.

There are no presale tickets for the crawdad feed, according to Donna McCormack, Culver city recorder.

"We'll sell them (crawdads) until they're gone," she said. "Come early; this is the fifth year, and we've run out every year. We've made it until 5 o'clock a couple times, but last year we ran out at about 3."

McCormack anticipates that the meals will include well over 1,000 pounds of crawdads.

Besides the crawdad feed, there will be a parade at 10 a.m., organized by Barb Frazier; at least 63 vendors; a Dutch oven cookoff; and entertainment throughout the day.

"We're expanding, so we've set up two stages," said McCormack. The entertainment will include live music by Joe Stoddard from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Scott Brockett from 1-3 p.m., and SmokinGuns from 3-5 p.m.

The Centennial Players, who are traveling around and performing at county events in honor of the county's centennial, will perform their skits at 2 p.m. on the small stage by the vendors.

There will be activities for children and a beer garden, provided by Round Butte Inn for adults. For more information, call the Culver City Hall at 541-546-6494.

Airshow of the Cascades

This year is expected to be the biggest ever for the Airshow of the Cascades, sponsored by Budweiser/Western Distributing, Bend Broadband, Erickson Aero Air, and others.

The 15th annual show will have a World War II era theme, in honor of the opening of the Erickson Aircraft Collection Facility, just north of the Madras Municipal Airport, which will coincide with the air show.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, with the Betty Berger Big Band, of Bend, starting up at 5 p.m. in the north hangar, and the fish and chips dinner served from 5:30-7 p.m.

The airport closes for aerobatic performances from 7-9 p.m.

Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The new Veterans' War Memorial Plaza, on Cherry Lane, adjacent to the Madras Municipal Airport, will be dedicated Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.On Saturday, the city of Madras will dedicate its Veterans War Memorial Plaza at 10 a.m. The plaza is located adjacent to the General Aviation Building at 2028 N.W. Berg Drive.

On Saturday, gates open at 8 a.m. for the Elks' Aviator Breakfast.

From 1:30-5 p.m., the airport will be closed for events related to the air show, including performances by new and returning acts, such as Jacquie Warda, who performs in her Extra 300, Greg Colyer, the Ace Maker, in his T-33 jet, and Super Dave Mathieson in his MX2, as well as the Homeland Fireworks' 500-foot Wall of Fire.

Les Schwab Tire Center will sponsor the Car Show of the Cascades, which features over 75 classic cars and hot rods.

The air show will also have an assortment of food booths and vendors. Daily admission is $10, or $15 for a two-day pass. Veterans and children 12 and under get in at no charge. VIP passes are $40. For more information, contact the airport at 541-475-6947.



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