Newberg Camellia Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2019
The Camellia Festival is an annual all day festival in April celebrating the City of Newberg’s official flower, the Camellia, and it’s Asian origins. The day kicks off at 9 am with a 5k and 10k run/walk coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Recreation District (CPRD) followed by performances, a bloom show, kids activities, vendors and more from 10 am - 5 pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon. Performances take place throughout the day, this year, featuring groups such as Unit Souzou Taiko, Lee’s Lion and Dragon Dancers, and The Oregon Koto Kai Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. There are fascinating demonstrations, hands-on art-activities for kids and historic city tours offered to give visitors a look at Newberg’s favorite historic sites. The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society’s annual statewide bloom show; a camellia bloom competition judged by size, color, form and condition. The bloom show is open to everyone, Oregon Camellia Society even offers assistance prejudging to anyone needing bloom-prep guidance! Plant sales run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase garden art and unique plants at special wholesale prices. 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 Fitness Jamboree provides a space for our run and walk participants to visit with and learn about various health and wellness focused exhibitors. Come on out and meet with the exhibitors, grab some samples, win a raffle (or two!), participate in demos and take advantage of free massages and acupuncture!
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.
A variety of Camellia is now known as "City of Newberg" after the Chehalem Park and Recreation District purchased naming rights to a particular camellia hybrid. Bryan Stewart, founder and co-chair of the Newberg Camellia Festival, believes the importance of the camellia lies paradoxically in its triviality, and the power seemingly unimportant things have to bring people together. "There are so many important things in life that sometimes it's cool to not have something so important and just something that crosses all boundaries – as corny as that sounds – and all demographics." Stewart said, "this flower does that for us. It kind of brings everybody together; it doesn't matter your background in the city." His new camellia was hybridized by Fort Bragg, California based hybridizer Dan Charvet, and is hardy and suitable to the Newberg climate, and expected to bloom sometime in late winter to early spring.
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 from 8:00am- 11:00 am.
Download this info sheet on how to prepare your blooms!
Click below for the 78th 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:
Beech “Purple Fountain”
Other Conifers and Specimens
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 official Camellia Festival stamps
Go back to the Chehalem Cultural Center to get your free camellia plant! (Only 50 plants available, first come first serve)
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.
Pre-registration for the tours will open on April 1st at 9am and will close on April 12th at 5pm. A Link to register will be added to this portion of the website, so check back on April 1st! Day-of registration will begin at 10am on April 13th in the back lobby of the Cultural Center for remaining seats.
The Trolly is back this year!!
10AM – Registration begins
11AM – Tour #1 departs
1PM – Tour #2 departs
3PM – Tour #3 departs
Learn the crafts and techniques of Pan-Asian traditions.
Ikebana demonstration by Nana Goto Bellerud
10:30 - 11:30 AM GRAND LOBBY
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!
12:30 - 1:30 PM GRAND LOBBY
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.
2:30 - 3:30 PM GRAND LOBBY
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.
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.
*We are not accepting anymore applications for vendors at this time. Please check back in December for vendor applications for the 2020 festival.
This year, the Camellia Festival is partnering with the Friends of Japan, a non-profit that supports fundraising efforts for Japanese-American communities and organizations, to bring out an all new marketplace with a variety of authentic Japanese food and drink vendors, a booth where you can try on kimonos, and Japanese kids activities!
DUTCH BROS NEWBERG
consistent quality coffee in a timely manner with a smile.
greeting cards, framed artwork, bookmarks, gift tags, origami all in an Asian style using tradition techniques and materials.
Koi & Fish Farm in Dayton OR.