33rd Sutherlin Blackberry Festival plans major comeback in 2021 | New
A summer staple in Douglas County is set to make a comeback.
The Sutherlin Blackberry Festival returns for its 33rd year after missing out on 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival runs August 20-22 with some of the must-sees that have made it one of the county’s most popular events.
“We hope it will be a big event this year,” said organizer Jo Barnes, who joined the festival in his sophomore year in 1989. “(The festival) attracts people from all over the country. cars, we love that all these people come to town, it helps the community in so many ways.
The Sutherlin Blackberry Festival will return with its regular list of events, kicking off Friday, August 20, with the Street Memories Poker Run at 1 p.m. and the classic “Cruise-In” car at Sutherlin’s Central Park at 3 p.m., with live musical entertainment.
Saturday will feature the annual all-day festival auto show in Central Park, with awards handed out in a variety of categories later Saturday afternoon. The auto show attracted up to 250 admissions per year.
Also on Saturday there will be a fun 5 kilometer race. The popular Mud Volleyball tournament takes place at 9 a.m. and BMX races begin at the Timber Grounds at 10 a.m. The mud races will start at 2 p.m.
There will also be a performance of Mystical Oasis Belly Dancing at noon, followed by a karaoke contest at 1:30 p.m.
At the Sutherlin Community Center, registration for the Blackberry Cook-off begins at 10 a.m., and assessment takes place throughout the day.
On Saturday night there will be a Classic Car Cruise – open to all cars 72 and over – from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with live music at the Lauren Young Tire Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday will open with a church service in Central Park at 9 a.m., which is when registration opens for Sunday’s Motorcycle Show. A chili prep competition starts at 10 a.m. at the Sutherlin Community Center, and a mud race kicks off at 11 a.m., featuring nearly 140 trucks in a double-elimination tournament.
There will be another performance from Mystic Oasis Belly Dancing as well as karaoke, and a Diaper Derby will take place at 1 p.m., with registrations open all day Saturday and Sunday until the race.
The festivities will end with a wet t-shirt contest – for dogs – at 2:30 p.m., followed by a draw for a 1978 Corvette and a Ford Model B 1932 pickup. Both draws will take place at 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the 33rd Sutherlin Blackberry Festival, visit blackberry-festival.com and be sure to include the link between blackberry and the festival.