There will be marching in the streets of Toledo this weekend, as the town celebrates its summer festival with the theme of “Industrial Revolution.”
Running from Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15, the festival will feature a local logging contest, a carnival, Main Street parades, live music, an incredible fireworks display and much more.
Things get off to a chalky start at 10 am on Thursday with a Sidewalk Chalk Contest on Main Street. Contestants can pick up their chalk at Bank of the West and be ready for judging at 3 pm. Later that day, the Toledo Summer Fest Queen will be crowned in a coronation at 6 pm at Memorial Football Field.
On Friday, the festival will open with a kids’ parade down Main Street, starting at 5:40 pm at Toledo Public Library. Kids aged one to 12 are invited to dress in bright clothing and ride their bike, walk their dog or carry their favorite toy, with treats for all participants at the end.
The festival gates open at 6 pm, offering carnival games, food and craft vendors, bingo, a beer garden and, from 8 to 10 pm, pro wrestling.
Saturday will begin at 9 am with a 5K run starting at the festival gates. Everyone completing the easy out-and-back route will receive a Loggers Luau Lei Necklace. Participation is by donation to the Toledo High Track Team.
At noon, the Grand Parade begins at Ace Hardware, finishing at the end of Main Street just as the festival gates open for another day of fun. Saturday’s special events will include a rappelling demonstration from the Lincoln County Technical Rescue Team at 2 pm.
At 3 pm, the Logging Show will see local loggers compete at events like the Axe Throw, 4 Man Relay and the Jack & Jill. The cost to enter is $3 per event. For more information, call CJ at 541-351-0232.
Karaoke with a live DJ will get the party going from 7 to 10 pm, when a massive fireworks display will light up the sky above Memorial Field.
The fun will continue on Sunday, with the festival gates opening at 11 am and special events including the Firefighter’s Challenge from noon to 2 pm, the Kids’ Logging Show at 3 pm and the Kids’ Baking Contest at 4 pm.
Festival passes, $7 for one day or $8 for all three, are available throughout town.
Children aged seven and under get in free.