Cool garlic ice cream, sweet, crunchy garlic brittle and savory burgers stuffed with garlic are on the menu at the 17th Annual North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival, coming to northwest Washington County Aug. 8 to 10.Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Cindy Vandehey-Parry is ready to reign during her eighth year as North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival Queen.

Aficionados can try all manner of garlicky goods, browse food and craft booths, take in a parade, squeeze in a 5K or 10K run, schmooze with the Garlic Queen and toe-tap to some of the region’s best music.

Cindy Vandehey-Parry will celebrate her eighth year as the festival’s garlic queen, sporting a new garlic-inspired crown and a revamped costume. 

“It’s just something I do,” says Vandehey-Parry, whose roots run deep in North Plains even though she now lives in Banks. She so enjoys the garlic festival that she now wears the event’s mascot, Stinky, the garlic elephant, as a tattoo on her arm.

“I’m dedicated,” said the queen, who recruited friends to help her separate one ton of elephant garlic cloves, which she’ll hand out during the event. 

Despite all the delicious and garlicky delights — think garlic mashed potatoes, barbecue with garlic and shrimp-and-oysters in garlic — at the festival, Queen Cindy prefers hers simply roasted and spread on a baguette.

Patti Boyd, who organizes the city-owned festival for the North Plains Events Association, says Vandehey-Parry promotes the event all year, year after year, distributing posters wherever she goes.

Boyd, whose family owns the Loch Lolly Christmas Forest in North Plains, has been the event coordinator for years, first for the North Plains Chamber of Commerce, and now for the NPEA.

She recruits sponsors, contracts with vendors and signs musicians — a big job — but her favorite part is seeing the town’s streets lined with festival-goers. “I like when everybody is there eating and buying things and having a good time,” said Boyd, who can be found in the information booth during the festival. “It’s not about the money, it’s about putting on a great show.”

The show starts Friday at noon with music, food and craft vendors and a beer garden. It continues Saturday with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. The Oregon Road Runners Club-sponsored runs begin at 8 a.m. A parade down Main and Commercial streets starts at 10 a.m. The car show runs on Commercial Street at 11 a.m. Food, craft vendors and a beer garden is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, the festival continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with well-known rhythm-and-blues player Patrick Lamb closing the event from 4 to 6 p.m.

The festival is centered at Jessie Mays Community Park, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest St.

For a complete schedule of events, a lineup of musicians, information on the athletic events, a list of vendors and other festival information, go to

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