The event is set for Oct. 13

Dagny Kimberly, 4, gets a 'tattoo' by Niki Spraver during the 2008 Great Onion Festival. The Festival returns to Sherwood this weekend.Smiles will trump tears at The Great Onion Festival, a special community event celebrating its 26th year in Sherwood.

Held annually on the second Saturday in October, this year’s festival takes place 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Archer Glen Elementary. The Festival is filled with fun, food and entertainment for people of all ages, including a barbecue chicken dinner, contests, arts and crafts, raffles, shopping and local talent on the main stage.

“Ollie the Onion” will welcome kids to the festival, who can enjoy decorating mini pumpkins and participating in contests and other fun activities.

Delicious firemen’s famous chicken, prepared by the Rotary Club this year, is a Great Onion Festival tradition, accompanied by a baked onion, baked beans, coleslaw and a roll. Onion rings and pie will also be on sale.

Onion lovers can enter the “Best Dang Onion Dish” contest sponsored by Wilson Orthodontics. All dishes must be prepared from scratch prior to arrival at the festival and submitted no later than noon on event day. Refrigeration and a microwave will be on hand prior to judging.

A panel of local community members will judge the prepared onion dishes and present prizes to the winners. Entrants under 18 will be eligible for a special prize, as well as entered in the overall judging.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the fun of the Onion Rolling Contest sponsored by Bittner Dentistry at 10:55 a.m. And the immensely popular Onion Eating Contest sponsored by Pacific Family Dental will take place at 2:10 p.m.

A wide variety of vendors will offer handcrafted items, jewelry, handbags, local honey, kettle corn, cookies, candies, even dragons! Plus many local businesses will be on hand showcasing their products and services.

Raffle drawings will take place at least every half hour, with many prizes donated by Sherwood area businesses.

Local talent and contest winners will be featured on the main stage throughout the event.

Dancers in various age groups from Sherwood Dance Academy will be performing at 11:30 a.m. The perennially popular Presto the Magician will be back this year, performing at noon. Voices of the Performing Arts will feature all five of its children’s choirs starting at 1 p.m. and more.

Presented by the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses, the Great Onion Festival attracts an estimated 4,000 people each year, with many volunteers generously giving of their time to make this traditional community event possible.

The festival had the special honor of being nominated this year for the Washington County Visitors Association Annual Stakeholder Award in the events and festivals category.

For more information on Great Onion Festival activities, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, as well as contest rules, visit the Sherwood Area Chamber of Commerce web site, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-625-7800.

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