By Ann Powers
For the TODAY
For an udderly good time, don’t miss the 37th Annual Clover’s Day Celebration honoring Cloverdale’s robust dairy industry and rural heritage on Saturday, July 7.
Hosted by the Nestucca Valley Lions Club and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, the all-day event takes place downtown Cloverdale on Highway 101 near the banks of the Nestucca River. Festivities start churning with a kick-off breakfast from 7 to 10 am at Nestucca High School, followed by the must-see Clover’s Day Parade — led by “the prettiest cow in town.”
Rosie, a local heifer owned by nine-year-old Piper Armstrong, returns once again as Clover the Cow. She’s set to direct a procession of antique cars, horses, local notables, community organiza-tions, fire engines and more in the quaint and quintessential small-town parade — like something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
The bovine beauty has landed the gig four years in a row and is a county fair blue-ribbon champion many times over.
“She’s my favorite cow,” Armstrong said. “She’s excited to go down the hill and she’s really excited for all of the kids to see her. She also enjoys letting the kids pet her at the end of the parade.”
Parade participants start lining up at the high school at 11 am, with judging beginning soon after. The procession then works its way down the hill, timed to make an arrival along Highway 101 at noon. This year’s grand marshals are community members Dean and Laura Bones.
This year’s Clover’s Day theme is “Home is where the herd is!” and promises plenty of hometown hoopla to go around. Other attractions include a food and craft vendor fair, beer garden, classic car and hot rod show, face painting, horse-drawn buggy rides, a fun run, a bouncy house and petting zoo.
Armstrong’s sister, Rylee, said the petting zoo is a personal favorite and a definite crowd pleaser. Her family is happy to pitch in by volunteering the services of a few of their own barnyard creatures.
“Last year we brought some of our goats, horses and calves over,” said the 11-year-old. “Watching the kids have a lot of fun and watching the animals react to the children is really exciting for me.”
Guests can also enjoy live music by Countryfied before and after the parade. Founded in 1987, the country-rock group is one of Oregon’s premier homegrown bands. And much like Clover the Cow, they’ve been returning to the annual celebration year after year.
“We just love that little community and we just have a ball,” said Countryfied’s Mark Mobley.
“There’s farmers, loggers, dairymen and dorymen all getting together and supporting one another with smiles and a handshake all day long.”
If sweets are your thing, another popular Clover’s Day tradition is the sale of elephant ears, tasty pastries made on site by the local Lions Club. And the Tillamook County Creamery Association is donating 18 gallons of ice cream, which will be scooped out at the association’s farm store, located at 34295 Hwy. 101.
In addition to Saturday’s activities, committee members also helped organize events for the days between Neskowin’s Fourth of July celebration and Clover’s Day on July 7.
Brenna Sage will offer vintage-style radio plays on Thursday, July 5, at the Thomas Goodwin Gallery in Cloverdale — complete with actors, sound effects and, of course, a live audience.
On Friday, July 6, a flea market is scheduled for downtown Cloverdale from 9 am to 5 pm, followed in the evening by an old-fashioned country barn dance at the Sandlake Grange, at 19290 Sandlake Road, Cloverdale.
Whether you make it one day, or a long holiday weekend, organizers are promising good times for all enhanced by hometown hospitality.
“It’s a chance for our town to shine,” said Fred Bassett, Clover’s Day committee member. “For the 37th straight year, it is a celebration of life in our small community. We are proud of our rich dairy heritage and all that it means to live in South Tillamook County.”
For more information about any of the events, contact Lions Club President Dorothy Gann at 503-812-0364, the Chamber office at 1-888-KIWANDA, or go to www.pcnvchamber.org/event-calendar.
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To cruise your classic car in the parade, or show it off in the car show, contact Tom Goodwin at 503-329-8345.