You might not know it by the chilly, rainy days, but summer is just about to hit us head on. So, get out your calendar — or, if your one of those Smartphone junkies, go that route — and book some plans.

Summer in Jefferson County is beyond busy with events lined up for nearly every weekend.

The classic events that have been going on since midway through the last century — like the county fair, Pi-Ume-Sha, the rockhound powwow and the Good Sams Samboree — are joined on the calendar by the newer breed of community events gracing our region.

Together, they more than fill the calendar.

The Good Sams roll into town this weekend while the All Rockhounds Powwow is June 25-29, and the famous Pi-Ume-Sha Powwow takes over Warm Springs July 27-29.

In July, we have the Chamber's July Fourth event at Sahalee Park, which features our town's largest parade — and a big night boost with the Sparkle in Madras fireworks effort, which has lit up Independence Day night for over 30 years.

On its heels comes the impressive Relay For Life fundraising event July 12-13, and the event that is unmatched in heritage, our county fair, July 23-26.

Culver's revamped Crawdad Festival probably compares favorably in attendance to any event in a similarly sized Eastern Oregon town. It takes place Aug. 16. Then there's the Airshow of the Cascades Aug. 22-23, which has become the signature event for Madras. The soon-to-open Erickson Air Museum has only added to that event's growing stature.

Along with these major, well-known events are several, smaller-scale events and programs.

Largely thanks to good work by Chamber Director Joe Krenowicz, a leg of the Cascade Cycling Classic will make its way from Maupin through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, and finish in Madras. The "mountain" leg of the Bend-based event will be held July 16. Also, the Sundance Water Sports Tournament, and all it electric water skiing and wake boarding, takes place at Lake Billy Chinook July 19-20.

The wonderful Community in the Park event, where goods and services are provided free of charge to those in need, all in a celebratory atmosphere, takes place Aug. 2, kicking off that busy month.

It doesn't cool down much in September. The MAC Dash triathlon rolls out Sept. 6; the Wool Gathering Days festival hits the fairgrounds Sept. 6-7; and the big annual event in Metolius, the town's Spike 'N Rail Celebration, takes place Sept. 18.

The Classic bike race in July is only be a teaser for the major bike event coming to Madras this summer: Cycle Oregon. Approximately 2,500 riders will be based in Madras Sept. 11 through 13, touring the area as they take a layover from the long bike trek. What better way to showcase our community?

Whew, that's an exhausting summer.

Every community event you come across, read about, or hear about exists only because good people put in their time and effort to make it so. To all those folks, thanks for helping to make summer in Jefferson County so wonderful.

You can mark it down.

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