Newberg Camellia Festival & Run/Walk
Saturday, April 13, 2019
This full day festival starts with a 5k and 10k run coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Rec., and features performances throughout the day by groups such as Unit Souzou Taiko, Lee’s Lion and Dragon Dancers, and The Oregon Koto Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. The Forecourt Tent features demonstrations and hands-on art-activities for kids. Historic city tours will give visitors a look at Newberg’s favorite historic sites. The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society’s bloom show, highlighting the official Newberg city flower and its Asian origins. Plant sales will run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase unique plants and garden art. There’s something for all ages and interests!
7:15am Registration/Packet pick up
7:30am Fitness Jamboree opens
9:00am 10k run/walk starts
9:05am 5k run/walk starts
Our run/walk starts & finishes at the Newberg Camellia Festival at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Finishers receive a one-gallon potted camellia, t-shirt, fitness festival entry, door prizes and refreshments.
Proceeds from the CPRD Camellia Run/Walk 5k & 10k benefit the Chehalem Park & Recreation Department Youth Sports Program.
The camellia has been part of Newberg’s history decades, and it was adopted in 1949 as the official flower of the city. The plant’s elegant flowers and dark green foliage bring beauty to residents’ yards, city building landscapes and even Newberg’s flag. Since 2009, the annual Camellia Festival has put the spotlight on the early bloomer with a variety of events that introduce visitors to the stately flower.
The Oregon Camellia Society will host its statewide contest in which flowers are judged by size, color, form and condition. Single camellia blooms in the many possible iterations and colors will be on display throughout the day after judging. Festival attendees can enjoy the beauty of single, semi-double and double blooms as well as the spectrum within those categories. An informative and interactive camellia question-and-answer session will be at 3 p.m.
Enter the bloom competition by submitting your blooms the day of the festival before 11:00 am.
Fun with Flowers: How to Show–and Win with Camellias workshop details coming soon!
Click below for the 76th Annual Camellia Show schedule, rules, and general information.
Start on your own tradition by purchasing a camellia from the plant sale. Arborvitae, conifers and blueberries as well as garden art and other treasures will also available for purchase. For attendees looking to add gorgeous spring color to their landscapes, the plant sale will have lots of options, and the proceeds will benefit the future of the Newberg Camellia Festival. Great wholesale prices!
Some of the plants and varieties available include:
Come join the Newberg Area Historical Society on a tour of Newberg's unique and often quirky history. Led by historical society president Rachel Thomas and other members of the society, we will explore some of the people and places that make Newberg of local and national importance. The George Fox University portion of the tour will feature historic buildings on the campus and tales of early years. The tour will highlight exciting portions of the university's history including pranks, fires, moving buildings, and the people who made a small Quaker college into the successful university it is today.
Tour begins and ends at the Chehalem Cultural Center and takes approximately one hour to complete.
Advanced registration is strongly encouraged and available inside the main entrance of the Center, starting at 9am on the day of the festival.
How it Works:
Pick up your passport at the Chehalem Cultural Center information window on the day of the festival.
Visit 6 downtown merchants
Get their signatures or stamps
Go back to the Chehalem Cultural Center to get your free camellia plant! (Only 50 plants available, first come first serve)
10AM – Registration begins
11AM – Tour #1 departs
1PM – Tour #2 departs
3PM – Tour #3 departs
TEA CEREMONY DEMONSTRATION BY MARJORIE YAP
Marjorie Yap has been a student of Tea since 1982. She spent an intensive year studying Chado in Kyoto, Japan, at the Urasenke Chanoyu Headquarters. Marjorie received her Chamei (tea name) “Soya” and teaching credentials from Japan in 2002. She has assisted teaching the art history class, Chado and Japanese Aesthetics at the University of Washington. She also has guest lectured at Portland Community College on Tea Ceramics and at Sarah Lawrence College on The Tea Ceremony and Theatre Arts. She is the founder of Issoan Tea School.
Nana Goto Bellerud is originally from Japan and has been studying ikebana for over ten years. She has been actively exhibiting at the venues including the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum, and many other places, as well as teaching classes and workshops. Her goal is to inspire and intrigue people with ikebana!
BONSAI DEMONSTRATION BY ALAN TAFT
Alan has been into bonsai for more than 40 years. A crazy plant nut who joined the Oregon Camellia Society 35 years ago. Camellias in containers can allow one to have lots of varieties in a small space. Alan will demonstrate the art of combining the principles of bonsai with the camellia plant.
The Camellia Festival curates a marketplace of vendors who sell merchandise from or that relates to Asian, Pacific Rim or local culture
and horticulture. The marketplace is set up around the perimeter of the Ballroom, so guests can shop and enjoy
the free performances on the main stage.
Electroformed jewelry featuring raw minerals and nature found objects collected during my travels.
Special thanks to funding from the Transient Lodging Tax Grant