>   Yarrow, a new master-planned community located in the rolling hills east of Madras, has announced that it has committed to be the presenting level sponsor for the Collage of Culture event for the next three years.
   Sponsorship funds will be used to increase the caliber of entertainment and activities available at the event as well as to support marketing efforts.
   The donated amount will increase each year to support the future growth and visibility of the event. The official name of the event this year is the "14th Annual Collage of Culture presented by Yarrow."
   "This event is so very important to our community, and garnering a long-term commitment from Yarrow ensures that we will be able to continue to grow and improve for the next few years," said Holli Van Wert, executive director for the Jefferson Country Chamber of Commerce.
   "Sponsorships like this are what keep us going and give us the support we need to continue offering cultural events for the people of Jefferson County," she said.
   The Collage of Culture committee recently secured country superstars "Diamond Rio" as the headlining act at the festival; they will play on Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. The two-day 14th Annual Collage of Culture presented by Yarrow is a celebration of diversity for the Jefferson County communities and beyond.
   "One of our primary goals as we begin our new neighborhood in Madras is community involvement," said Cameron Craig, project manager for Yarrow. "An event like the Collage of Culture really speaks to the diversity that makes Madras unique. As the community's key annual event, we felt that it was important for us to support their efforts."
   The festivities begin on Friday, May 18th at 6 p.m. with an adults only sponsor party starring Central Oregon's own "Countryfied." The Saturday celebration begins at 5:30 a.m. with a hot-air balloon rally.
   The remainder of the day will be filled with several music and dance acts, a children's activity area with Wings Over Central Oregon, fine arts, a teen center, arts and crafts, and food that features Native American, Hispanic, Asian and American fare. New this year is Casting Kids, developed by Bass Master.
   More information can be found at
About Yarrow

   The new community of Yarrow, situated on 900 acres on the east side of Madras, will be a vibrant collection of neighborhoods incorporating neotraditional design principles.
   Madras Land Development Company, a joint venture of Brooks Resources Corporation, JELD-WEN Development and Taylor Northwest, is developing the property.
   Plans for the community include a variety of housing sizes and types, mixed-use area with retail amenities, pedestrian friendly streets and walkways, and a public golf course.
   At completion, the project will have approximately 1,700 single-family homes, and 200 multi-family units. To find out more, call 475-9779, 1-877-475-9779 or visit www.yarrowlivingcom.
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